socket installation

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by RMH, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. RMH

    RMH New Member

    I was walking round one of the DIY sheds today and came across hollow skirting that once fitted has a 20mm cavity behind it, the bumph say's its ideal for concealing pipes/cables etc. I was wondering, are there any regs that forbid sockets being installed into this type of arrangement in a domestic dwelling? it would certainly beat chasing walls out etc.
     
  2. sinewave

    sinewave Screwfix Select

    It's used all the time in commercial offices.

    AKA Dado Trunking too!
     
  3. RMH

    RMH New Member

    This stuff is made out of wood and would obviously be at floor level, would it still be allowed?
     
  4. sinewave

    sinewave Screwfix Select

    I don't see why not.
     
  5. Ripped Off

    Ripped Off New Member

    Yes.
    Got a load of flats to do, spec is to run cables behind the skirting.
    Not found any regs to say no. Cables at low level
     
  6. RMH

    RMH New Member

    Nice one
    I have to have some extra sockets fitted to a couple of the bedrooms and this would beat the hell out of chasing walls etc. Skirting looks nice as well, 8inch torus, perfect for the job.
    Thanks sinewave.
    I'm sure someone will come back with some obscure reg or something!
     
  7. RMH

    RMH New Member

    Cheers Ripped Off
     
  8. Ripped Off

    Ripped Off New Member

    Apart from Nitros and his followers not many people hang pictures at that level LOL
     
  9. RMH

    RMH New Member

    Do you think its best to run the cable in some mini trunking or similar to contain it a bit?
     
  10. 2 wheeled ant

    2 wheeled ant New Member

    You can get cornice trunking been around 20years.
    Ant
     
  11. RMH

    RMH New Member

    must of been a bit of a sod plugging in the tv!
     
  12. Ripped Off

    Ripped Off New Member

    No just clip it in place, prob find it will obstruct fitting the skirting
     
  13. 2 wheeled ant

    2 wheeled ant New Member

    Easier than pulling up fixed flooring or expensive carpets.
    Ant
     
  14. RMH

    RMH New Member

    Thats it then, me off to the shed in the morning, new skirting it is.
    Just had a thought, would you still need to use a pattress or would you just bring the cables in to the back of the socket. I suppose you could always use a dryline pattress.
     
  15. RMH

    RMH New Member

    ant
    I totally agree with you on that one, the thought of ripping up the pitched pine flooring has been giving me nightmares!
     
  16. Ripped Off

    Ripped Off New Member

    Chase the wall as normal and bring the cables up to the new socket. Dont fit them to the skirting
     
  17. RMH

    RMH New Member

    thanks, much appreciated.
     
  18. RMH

    RMH New Member

    As an aside, could you fit the sockets to the skirting if you wanted to?

    I feel a slagging comming my way
     
  19. 2 wheeled ant

    2 wheeled ant New Member

    There a prob with plug top flex, 150mm
    Ant
     
  20. Coloumb

    Coloumb Screwfix Select

    Building regs in all just to be totally anal.

    450mm from floor...
     

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