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bode2008

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I don't have much experience in this area so looking for some safety advice.

I need to drill right through a wall in order to feed an extension lead into the next room.

The area I need to drill through is quite tricky. It's behind a cooker, stud walls and tiled.

The gas pipe is visible and there's wiring for an electric cooker also. The boiler sits adjacent with a maze of piping also behind kitchen cupboards.

I've identified an area to drill through, but would just like to know if there's likely to be any hidden pipes or cables in the walls?

Does all wiring from sockets run upwards towards the ceiling in top floor apartments?

Does the hidden wiring run inside the metal stud brackets?

The Black and Decker cable checker doesn't seem reliable.

Thanks.
 
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Cirrus

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If it is a stud wall then don't take anything for granted. There are meant to be permitted cable routes but if your house is anything like mine then the sparks who wired it have simply thrown cables in everywhere and ignored best practice. As for where the wiring runs from sockets, they may have brought the cables through the floor but depends what the floor is made of. Take thefront off a socket and hopefully you will kinda be able to guage the direction (up or down) the cables are heading.
 
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alex

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just a thought..................................................












why dont you get an electrician in.
 
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alex

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well how the bloody hell sat here in leeds will i know what cables are in his wall.

if you have to ask time to get someone in to do it. besides i wouldnt drill a hole to shove an extension through. why not pay out and get some sockets put in.

i thought this was a electricians forum not a diy workshop.
 
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bode2008

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well how the bloody hell sat here in leeds will i know what cables are in his wall.

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I'm asking how wiring runs inside walls? I'm not asking you to guess what cables are there.
 
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Shakey

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I'm asking how wiring runs inside walls? I'm not asking you to guess what cables are there.
hey now play nicely or you will go to your rooms!!!!:p

bottom line is, if its in a vertical or horizontal line with an accessory (socket etc) you can expect a cable to be there

if it isnt in line - there SHOULDNT be a cable there, but there MAY be a cable there

apparantly some DIY'ers do their own electrical work.........;)
 
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bahco

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get your self a sud joist pipe cable finder that might help you
 
Hiya, I'd be careful what ever yo do, though there is a bit of banter on this thread there is some good points to take note, like what cirus sed

Take thefront off a socket and hopefully you will kinda be able to guage the direction (up or down) the cables are heading.
I'd drill from the cook side anyways. maybe move the drilling point to the left abit and drill at an angle,

what type of wall is it?

has that detector, detected any power around the areas you want to drill ?
 
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