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Doing a re-wire for a customer who doesn't want surface mini trunking, can't channel walls and wants me to use 50 year old conduit to re-wire.It was originally wired as a radial circuit and don't think I'd get 2x2.5 mm T & E's down the conduit.Assuming the kitchen can be done seperately, could I re-wire the rest of the sockets as a radial and put it on a 20 breaker? Another problem is existing sockets cut into skirting at floor level.Is it compusory to raise these to above 450mm or can I just mark it as a deviation?
 
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and socket heights can stay, it's not a new build. part M only applies to a new build (domestic dwellings)
 

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As long as you can get access to the draw boxes etc just wiring it in singles should be straight forward enough. A lot less cleaning up as well.
 
But you could also run one 2.5mm in and make it a 20A radial...so there's the options...depending on calcs of course...

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Plonker 3

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But you could also run one 2.5mm in and make it a 20A radial...so there's the options...depending on calcs of course...

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But if there is more than 1 socket then you will need to pull 2 x 2.5 twin and earth cables up the conduit.
 
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But if there is more than 1 socket then you will need to pull 2 x 2.5 twin and earth cables up the conduit.
........... and then you may as well go the whole hog & make it a ring final. :)
 
I'd be concerned about stressing the flexes entering the plug tops. You can get some skirting trunking that doesn't look too hideous.
 

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I'd be concerned about stressing the flexes entering the plug tops. You can get some skirting trunking that doesn't look too hideous.
good point i missed that, i read it as they were ontop of the skirting boards. i changed a board at a house recently that had sockets on the skirting, couldn't get my plugtop lead in some and had to use a socket and see tester as they were so low. i told the customer they should be raised and wrote it on the cert in the comments section
 
Some idiot is advocating cable entry on the top surface of plug tops there. No wonder I steer well clear of that asylum.
 
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jenions

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For some reason I always remember someone telling me that you cudnt have sockets in/on skirting board :/ can't remember why. Only thing I ever thought was that it is a fire hazard.



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There's loads of buildings out there with them in the skirts Jenions, it was the way it was done years ago. Stress on the flexes is why it's a no no now.
 
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jenions

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Ooooo like I said It was one of them things that I cudnt quite remember the reason just that someone had said it to me. At least I know now ey

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Just put the sockets on upside down, then there won't be any stress on the flexes. Simples.
 
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