Removing a socket


Postby inch high » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:03 pm

Hi guys,

How easy is to remove a socket from a wall. Its in a stupid position in my lounge and I'm getting the wall plastered, so I though I'd remove it at the same time.

Is it just a case of removing the front and replacing it with some sort of backing plate that would then be skimmed over? I assume once disconnected the wires would have to be reconnected to complete the ciruit again?

Is it easy to do for DIYer?

Or, if I do have to get a sparky in, how long should it take them?

Cheers folks!
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Postby kbrownie » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:12 pm

hi inch high,
The cables do need to be reconnected as it will be suppling power to the next outlet, You then fix a face plate over this back box, but you can not plaster over this because of safety reason, the fact that a live is running the wall needs to known and can be identified by the plate being visable.
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Postby inch high » Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:15 pm

Seems a bit daft to have to do that, because there will still be wire behind the plaster away from the face plate.

Is it part of building regs to do that?
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Postby kbrownie » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:44 pm

Hi inch high,
I know it might seem inconvenient but there are what you call permitted cable routes, where cables are concealed in a wall and if the cable is not enclosed in earthed metal conduit,trunking or ducting. It must follow a safe route, Which will be indentified by this face plate. Section 7 (7.3.2) in the on site guide and regulation 522-06-06 BS7671 wiring regs.
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PS and if anything goes wrong with the circuit it will give you an inspection point for this termination.
Remember be safe!
Good Luck
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Postby 333rocky333 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:20 pm

if the wires go down under the floorboards , you could chase them back out and pull cables under floor and rejoin in a suitable j/box or even reroute to a more convenient location
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