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Hello, another can of worms that I have had the misfortune to find. The Mrs decided to take out a wall, and we need to move the existing light switches. I thought it would be a simple job but it looks like the switch has the live loop running through it. I need to move the switch and just wondered how best to go about it.

I also wondered if its possible with this light switch to replace the back box with a plastic one, as I'm putting the light switch back into a stud wall.

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mattg4321

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Employ the services of an electrician. Shouldn't take long for them to carry out a simple job.

They can also check how safe the earthing is on that lighting circuit. Looks like some cpc's there without the necessary mechanical protection.
 

Gavin John Hyde

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if you arent confident enough to sort it yourself get a local electrician in, otherwise label and mark cables accordingly if you know what they all do, cut back. terminate with wagos in a maintenance free junction box
 

Resu

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Insulated and sheathed...the pedant in me couldn't help it!

You can join it all the same. As has been pointed out, maintenance free is a must. You can use whatever kind of box you want in the new position!
 
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Hello, thanks for the feedback chap. Yes, I was looking at wago or similar but was expecting standard 3 core wire when the Mrs took the wall out. I was planning to add the wago in the attic (this is on on the first floor for future access if need be) Unfortunately, I don't have enough slack to move it without adding some new wire, otherwise it would be easy peasy. As its going back into a stud wall I was planning to use a plastic box but given I've got two earth wires going in, not sure what to do. Do I just join them together and leave in the new box covered in insulation tape, or do them separate?

I do appreciate the get a sparky if you can't do it, and I'm not thinking of fitting a new consumer unit or a rewire but I think moving a socket and changing a switch should be doable.
 

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If using a plastic box you can join them together with a Wago too, no need to tape.
 
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