Spur Socket to Loft

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  1. SonicDIY

    SonicDIY Member

    Hi all

    I'm new here and was looking some advice.

    I'm looking to add a double socket to my loft/Attic to power a mast head amp for the TV aerial and a TV aerial splitter.

    Its a two story house and I have saw many take power from a lighting circuit to power these but I was thinking is ok to spur of one of the bedroom double sockets (directly under where I want the socket) to the Attic/Loft with some 2.5mm T&E.

    The only thing that will ever been on the Loft/Attic socket is the TV aerial Mast head amp and splitter that's it.

    I have checked all bedroom sockets and every one as 1 cable in and 1 cable out so I presume they are on a ring circuit and none are any spurs.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    If the socket you want to spur off is definitely part of the ring then yes you can spur from it.

    You can also take a socket from the lighting circuit.
     
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  3. SonicDIY

    SonicDIY Member

    Thanks for response.
    The lighting circuit would be easier to spur from to be honest but I already have some spare 2.5mm T+E so thought I would use it up.

    Is there any other way to double check the socket I'm spuring from is on the ring or is the amount of cables going to each socket (2, I presume one is in and is out) enough to confirm this?


    Thanks
     
  4. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    You would need to turn the power off separate the 2 sets of wires and check continuity, you would need a tester for this obviously.

    Check what size mcb the circuit is on if it's on a 16a or 20a you dont have to worry.

    Oh and the circuit would need to be rcd protected to add a new socket.
     
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  5. Tuxmark2

    Tuxmark2 Screwfix Select

    The only sure way to check its a ring final is by testing .....

    already ben answered by Ind spark as I was typing... fastest typist on here today !
     
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  6. Ind spark

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    Tuxmark2 Screwfix Select

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  8. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    It won't last.

    He's had his burst of energy and will be asleep by 8 and miss his favourite Coronation Street.

    Tired old fool! :D
     
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  9. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    12 minutes and I'm gone lol
     
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  10. Tuxmark2

    Tuxmark2 Screwfix Select

    Yep, they dont make lucozade like they used to, come 8 and its horlicks time and slippers, but we can marvel at his attempt so far :D
     
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  11. Bazza-spark

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    He doesn't drink either of those lol. He's a pi**head :eek::D:D:D
     
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  12. Tuxmark2

    Tuxmark2 Screwfix Select

    Oh he mixes it, Lucozade and iron bru, strong stuff indeed :D
     
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  13. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    Meths and unleaded.
     
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  14. Tuxmark2

    Tuxmark2 Screwfix Select

    Hope he doesn't smoke, hate the sight of smouldering slippers :)
     
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  15. SonicDIY

    SonicDIY Member


    Thanks, Currently trying to find my tester its somewhere in boxes (just moved so everything is everywhere at moment).

    Here is my board. The B32 I marked in green labled generic ring and when I switch it off it cuts power to all sockets up and downstairs. Would I need an RCD is the one in the board enough?

    Thanks
     

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  16. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    The one in the board is enough you dont need two.
     
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  17. SonicDIY

    SonicDIY Member

    Thanks for reply.

    That's good to know.

    So if I manage to find my tester and do a continuity test on the socket in want to spur off and its ok then it's just a matter of connecting the 2.5mm T+E into th back of the socket and running the cable straight up into loft to new socket?

    Is there any rule for the length cable can be for the spur?

    Thanks
     
  18. koolpc

    koolpc Super Member

    It has to be long enough to reach the point where the new socket is going! :D
     
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  19. bright_Spark

    bright_Spark Screwfix Select

    I wouldn't listen to Industrial spark for electrical advice, he is a painter.
     
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  20. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    People spur down gardens to sheds etc, so I wouldn't worry about spurring up into the loft.
     
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