Needing to add new Sockets but 2 sets of Cables in Existing Socket

Postby socketplug » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:55 am

Hello, I want to add more sockets in a bedroom, and notice on the existing socket there are two sets of cabling going into it, would it be possible to add a twin socket to each end of the cables without having to wire them together? I suspect it's a ring circuit but wasn't sure if they could be finished at the two sockets or would need jointing up?
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Simply Build It

Postby Mr White » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:07 pm

No is the simple answer.

As you said it will (probably) be a ring, so if you break the ring, add more sockets and don't connect one part to the other you have broken the ring.
The idea of a ring is not only to save on copper (That is how the ring was invented) but it also allows more current to flow since it has 2 cables of the same size. So having a broken ring could cause a fire elsewhere in the house.
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