My house used to have storage heaters, but now has central heating... I had the old consumer unit that was just for the storage heaters disconnected but the wall boxes and all of the wiring remains.
As I am currently going through room to room renovating the entire house, and the house was last rewired 20 or more years ago (aside from these storage heaters)... I need to rewire each room as I go because previous owner didn't fit enough sockets and couldn't even be bothered to recess back boxes... Looks like they simply bolted a double socket to the wall over the top of a single... In some cases the original house wiring (50's build) had the light switches in the door frames and sockets in the skirting... So as you can imagine, it's a full on redo job.
So what I'd like to do to make it quicker and easier, is fit a new a larger consumer unit and then use the existing wiring to the old storage heaters, and rewire each room from there... This would in effect mean that each bedroom will be on it's own circuit and can be done individually. I can then do the same with the bathroom next year and will only need to channel a couple of places for light switches (I want to flip the doors so they open against wall instead of middle of room).
As I'll be moving a radiator to a better position at the same time as knocking out a cupboard and re-plastering the wall & ceiling and all knew skirting would be fitted... can I use the MDF skirting that has a rebate on the back for cabling?
I could then run the wiring and everything myself and just have a certified electrician come in and fit the new consumer unit and connect everything together. I have plenty of experience and although I never trained as an electrician I did do it as part of my apprenticeship and have rewired many things over the years... but the laws have changed and I want to make sure that I do things right so I don't risk running afoul of anything that is illegal or could invalidate insurance or stuff like that.
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