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Hi folks,

We are looking at a new property and noticed there was an outside Socket, which is great.

However, the cable that powers it has a 3-pin plug on the end and is plugged into a socket in the living room. (See pics). To turn the outside Socket on, you need to turn the socket in the living room on.

I'm not familiar with electrical regs, but is this acceptable? Or should we be looking to have it done properly.


 
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Spoon

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These kits are sold like this.
Not something that a proper electrician would do, as I believe they would hard wire it.
Don't think it's against the regs though.
 
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It is or was acceptable, and these kits can be purchased from places like B&Q and Homebase.
Only fly in the ointment is whether there is RCD protection.
 
See 10 of these very single month

B&Q sell 'kits' for DIYers to wire up their own outdoor sockets etc

Even if it was dangerous you can just unplug it from the house and not use it
 
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I've seen worse, it could have been improved by taking the cable in through the back of the box. Essentially it's no more than a 13A extension lead.
 
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The fuse box isn't RCD protected. We've been calling around getting quotes to replace it today.
Some of these kits came with an RCD socket in the outside part.
Unfortunately, the RCD sockets no longer appear to be acceptable in the current Regulations.
There is still the option to use an RCD plug or RCD adaptor.
 

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A lash up STP simple job to do it correctly
 

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Nothing wrong with it plugging in, but get the RCD protection sorted.
 

Dave OCD

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You wonder why they didn't fit the socket 2 inches higher and bring the flex into the bottom, much better that way - but as they say common sense isn't that common.:)
 

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Some of these kits came with an RCD socket in the outside part.
Unfortunately, the RCD sockets no longer appear to be acceptable in the current Regulations.
There is still the option to use an RCD plug or RCD adaptor.
Could you or someone else point out where it says that RCD sockets are no longer acceptable in the regulations please?
 

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Some of these kits came with an RCD socket in the outside part.
Unfortunately, the RCD sockets no longer appear to be acceptable in the current Regulations.
There is still the option to use an RCD plug or RCD adaptor.
Is this definitely the case that external RCD sockets are no longer compliant with the regs?
 
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