how to connect a double pole oven hood switch to mains

Postby chrisjoanne » Thu May 17, 2012 6:38 pm

Just after a little help please - nice easy one for someone :-)
I'm fitting a oven hood which has live and neutral (no earth) and the booklet informed me I need a 3amp fused double pole switch.
I've got a double and single socket where I would like the double pole switch to go but I'm confused how the connection should be made to the mains.

The double pole switch has 2 x live/neutral/earth (supply & load)

I assume it gets connected to the double plug but how?

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Cheers for any help.
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Postby ericmark » Fri May 18, 2012 11:17 pm

Likely not permitted. The main way of wiring in the UK is what we call a final ring. One is allowed a single item spurred from the final ring. But only one item. The idea is the fuse in the plug or FCU will stop overload as long as there is only a single item. The only way to have more is if that single item is FCU in which case you can then add many more items after that.

I have looked at the restrictions to posting pictures on this forum and I am not prepared to jump through the hoops. If you want pictures try another forum.
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Postby sparx » Sun May 20, 2012 9:07 am

Hi, as this is a kitchen any wiring alterations/additions are covered by LA Building regs part p which effectively means not legal DIY.
However if as you say single socket is where you want the hood then why not change it for a
Fused Connection Unit(previously known as a switched /fused spur) with a 3Amp fuse these have the required double pole switch with 3mm breaking clearance and would be a non-alteration to the wiring so imho not reportable work.
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