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As part of a kitchen refit I am trying to work out where to put the electrical sockets for my freestanding appliances.

If I have the sockets directly behind the appliance then they will just out.
If I have them in the unit next to the appliance, I will have to get the back of unit cut out.

I will be having a grid switch installed, but that doesnt solve the problem of where I place the sockets.

Is there any other way where I can get the appliances to sit flush to the back wall but be plugged in thats still accessible?
 
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Put them surface mounted high up and at the front in the cupboard next door (your entry hole will be at the back high up out of sight

Fit the supply cable and the appliance cable in stick on trunking,mount the socket on a surface pattress sideways on so that no cable hangs down

Extra neat,accessible and with ease of operation :cool:
 

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As part of a kitchen refit I am trying to work out where to put the electrical sockets for my freestanding appliances.

If I have the sockets directly behind the appliance then they will just out.
If I have them in the unit next to the appliance, I will have to get the back of unit cut out.

I will be having a grid switch installed, but that doesnt solve the problem of where I place the sockets.

Is there any other way where I can get the appliances to sit flush to the back wall but be plugged in thats still accessible?
TBH probably not. Appliances are now built with no thought to the power supply.
 
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Put them surface mounted high up and at the front in the cupboard next door (your entry hole will be at the back high up out of sight

Fit the supply cable and the appliance cable in stick on trunking,mount the socket on a surface pattress sideways on so that no cable hangs down

Extra neat,accessible and with ease of operation :cool:
Have you a picture of this? I will show my electrician. I want to do something that looks nice and is best for safety and accesibility.

My electrician says its my choice how I want them placed. The kitchen fitter said just ask the electrician to wire up a socket and leave enough slack that he can then slide it under the adjoining cabinet after plugging the appliance in. I think sounds wrong?
 
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So on the kitchen plan. Starting from the corner and working away - the first appliances will be the tumble dryer then Washing machine then a sink unit.

So looking straight on its sink, washing machine, tumble dryer. Now if I have the socket in the sink unit I am not sure the tumble dryer cable is long enough.

Do I need to buy a new tumbe dryer because the plug is moulded onto the dryer and cannot be lengthened.
 

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Do I need to buy a new tumbe dryer because the plug is moulded onto the dryer and cannot be lengthened.
No, there is no issue with extending the cable, as long as it is done correctly. Don't ditch the appliance.
 

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Not ideal in this situation, to have two appliances side by side and the furthest appliance cable being long enough.

I’ve had similar and said appliance supply lead was run in service void underneath, with its socket mounted at low level, at the back of the adjacent floor unit.

Edit: the appliance can be pulled out for maintenance, by removing plinth and feeding out supply lead.

Why don’t you discuss this with your electrician?
 
What the OP is concerned about, is the depth of the socket and the 13 amp plug top sited behind the appliance. Whether it's a grid switch or spur point above worktop has no relevance.
 
Re appliances side by side: Not electrical.
Ensure worktop has sufficient support when spanning two appliances.
They tend to sag over a period of time.
 
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What the OP is concerned about, is the depth of the socket and the 13 amp plug top sited behind the appliance. Whether it's a grid switch or spur point above worktop has no relevance.
Yes. I think the depth of the plug and socket is about 3cm which will make the washing machine and dryer both jut out from under the worktop.

Re appliances side by side: Not electrical.
Ensure worktop has sufficient support when spanning two appliances.
They tend to sag over a period of time.
Yes I have 3 side panels to create a frame for the 2 appliances.
 
Look at the rear of the appliances, where possible site the socket where you can obtain the greatest clearance. There might be an indentation rear of appliance. Most appliances not really an issue.
Washing machines, tumble driers etc have pipework and flexible waste pipes
 
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