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Has anyone had any experience of using a chocbox. It's a plastic enclosure for housing connector strips. If so are they anygood?

I found them online at CHOCBOX - best online deal
 
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DadofTwo

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Hi socket,

I've used them before. Never used one as a junction box before as I've never seen the point using a terminal strip and a chocbox when a junction box is made for the job and is cheaper to boot. However, I've used them for insulating the terminal strip joining runs of flex (such as for the lights under my kitchen cabinets). They're bigger than you'd expect (but then it makes sense when you think about the width of 3 bits of a connector block) but screw to the underside of the cabinets nicely out of the way. Also much neater and professional looking than taping the connector up.

Screwfix do 'em. Cat no 46538.
 
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sparky1

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Socket2me - I have used these and all my customers have been very happy. Used for simple jobs they look much more professional than tape around the connnector strip. I got mine from a new website getchocbox.co.uk. Some people say they are pricey but believe me the customer is happy to pay
 
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socket2me

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Thanks DadofTwo and sparky1 for your comments. Sparky1 - you say they are pricey. If you mean from CHOCBOX - best online deal then they are one of the cheapest when you take into consideration postage and packaging.

Thanks anyway. I will consider using them.
 
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Submains

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Be carefull out there.

Believe it or not the humble little joint box we all love and cherish that we use when putting up these fancy light fittings (designed with the installer in mind) may no longer be allowed for that purpose according to the gospel of the nic man who kindly pointed this out to a friend of mine.

The reason why.

No cord grip in a jb. So if the light decides to do one and goes on a downward mission, unnecessary strain may be placed on the flex.

Well i've heard some crap in my time but what a load of ********.

So i think we may be seeing a lot more chocboxes in the future.
 
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EasyFox

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Be carefull out there.

Believe it or not the humble little joint box we all love and cherish that we use when putting up these fancy light fittings (designed with the installer in mind) may no longer be allowed for that purpose according to the gospel of the nic man who kindly pointed this out to a friend of mine.

The reason why.

No cord grip in a jb. So if the light decides to do one and goes on a downward mission, unnecessary strain may be placed on the flex.

Well i've heard some crap in my time but what a load of ********.

So i think we may be seeing a lot more chocboxes in the future.
Sub, I think some of these assessor types need to remember the old addage;
"If it aint broke dont fix it"...............JB's are great & do just what they were designed for & as you say with the installer in mind.
As for the lack of cord grip does a cable clip just outside the jb, clipping the cable to a joist not do the same job :D (granted may be difficult on a suspended grid ceiling :rolleyes:)
 
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Minky

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The NIC guy who came out with this is talking a load of hypothetical BS,I have never been called to put right a light fitting because the only thing supporting the fitting was the wiring supplying it!!,If the fitting is installed correctly there should be no need for a cord grip.By this thinking then surely the pendant that we all use should be another candidate for this guy as well??.
Feel this inspector has lost touch with reality,he needs a couple of weeks on a sub-zero site,roughing out new builds,this may change his mind.
 
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TonyM58

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Minky,

i agree the NIC get WAY ahead of themselves sometimes.

And i hate to be picky, but the pendant HAS got a cord grip. And If I was doing a PIR and the cordgrips were damgaged/broken on ceiling roses then I would be commenting on it.
 
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MING

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I USE CHOC BOXES [OOPS INT CAPS] and joint boxes all the time both do a good job depends on the requirements . . . .but i also agree with minky some people are making an art form outa wot is common sense ,mainly NIC the bastids [oops]. . . .;)
 
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Unregistered

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i saw this episode of dragons den and i nearly lost my mind , this is not a new invention by any means and this guy "fair play to him" has made 25 million sterling on it already, they are called coffin boxes here in ireland and not manufactured by the same company either , i am a quallified electrician and we use these frequently as an enclosure for connecting our flex to our supply/ loops in spots /downlghters . i dont know what kind of patent the people had onthis product but id say they are fairly jacked off now
 
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