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Hi. Existing standard blank plate, which I would like to change to an electrical socket to feed a kettle or a toaster for example. The blank plate cable run looks like it feeds two separate electrical outlets. One is used for the ignition only on a gas cooker (via 13 amp plug) the other is used for a cooker extraction hood, again with a 13 amp plug. Is this something that can be done, or could it potentially overload the circuit (if that's the terminology to use)
 
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Hi westward10.

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So the cable from the bottom of the box goes to feed two sockets?
Hi, yes that's right, well I am assuming another feed is taken through the wall from the socket feeding the microwave to provide a socket for the cooker ignition. I was wanting to plug the cooker extract hood into a socket where the blank plate is, which is temporarily using another, completely separate socket (wago connectors in the plastic junction box you can see)
 

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Without testing there is no way of confirming whether this can be done or what has been done is compliant. If it is a 30/32A ring final circuit which needs verifying then the spurred section should only support a single outlet, additional rcd protection is also required. The original circuit has undergone alterations and I would recommend you have it tested to confirm its integrity just from the pictures the back box is not earthed.
 
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Without testing there is no way of confirming whether this can be done or what has been done is compliant. If it is a 30/32A ring final circuit which needs verifying then the spurred section should only support a single outlet, additional rcd protection is also required. The original circuit has undergone alterations and I would recommend you have it tested to confirm its integrity just from the pictures the back box is not earthed.
Hi. Ok, good advice, I was in two minds about this. Thank you again.
 
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Hi. Ok, good advice, I was in two minds about this. Thank you again.
I definitely think it would be worth having it looked at by a professional. I would have thought that was installed between '70-77 (judging by the green sleeving, stranded cores and not being tined). Plenty of time for owners to make alterations.
 

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Hi. Existing standard blank plate, which I would like to change to an electrical socket to feed a kettle or a toaster for example. The blank plate cable run looks like it feeds two separate electrical outlets. One is used for the ignition only on a gas cooker (via 13 amp plug) the other is used for a cooker extraction hood, again with a 13 amp plug. Is this something that can be done, or could it potentially overload the circuit (if that's the terminology to use)
All depending on what wiring/circuit are behind the blank plate
 
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I definitely think it would be worth having it looked at by a professional. I would have thought that was installed between '70-77 (judging by the green sleeving, stranded cores and not being tined). Plenty of time for owners to make alterations.
Yeah, sounds about right 70's. And there have been a lot of changes etc. I'm leaving it. Getting a pro to sort it.
 

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