What is a Pull up or Pop up Worktop Socket?
Whether you do not have enough electrical sockets in your kitchen or you are installing a kitchen and do not want to tile around sockets in the wall, concealed worktop sockets are the answer for you. Easily installed in the worktop, these sockets can be pulled up to give you access to 3 sockets which can be used for any portable electric appliance.
These type of sockets are a relatively new idea and are especially suited to kitchens where space may be limited.
They also benefit from the fact that you do not need to go pulling off tiles, chasing cables in walls or paying electricians to install new sockets, you simply drill the hole in your worktop and insert the pop up socket unit and once plugged into an existing socket its all ready to go!
Tools Needed for Installing Your Worktop Socket
As far as DIY jobs go, this is quite an easy one but as with most things don't under estimate it, the measuring and positioning of the hole is the key here! Due to its relative ease only a few tools are required:
- Pop up socket unit
- Drill or cordless drill/driver
- Holesaw set including the size stated for your chosen pop up socket (see manufacturers instructions) and arbor
- Tape measure
How to Install a Pop up Worktop Socket
Things to Think About Before Installing
The finished article is fitted with an integral seal which, when the socket is closed, will not allow liquids spilled onto the work surface to run down into the socket itself.
Fold down handles on the top of the socket allow you to easily pull up the socket for use at any time and with most models, the handle will fold pretty flat minimising any raised areas on the worktop surface.
On that note its a good idea to carefully consider where on your worktop you are going to put your pull up socket socket as you want it to be easily accessible for use but at the same time not in a place where its going to be in the way when stored or in use.
As you will be drilling a hole in your worktop consider this carefully as if you want to move it you not only have to drill another hole but you will be left with the old hole which is nigh on imposible to fill.
Additionally, ensure that its near to an existing socket as you will need to plug it in.
Installation is easy using the following guide.
Work out Where Your Hole Needs to be
Use a holesaw of the size recommended in the manufacturers instructions – in this case it needed to be 80mm.
Make absolutely sure you have measured the correct distance into the kitchen unit the worktop is sitting on.
Most units sit about 60 or 70mm away from the wall they are fixed to with a "false" back to allow the passage of pipes, cables, washing machine and dishwasher hoses etc.
Using an 80mm hole as in this case, the centre of the hole needed to allow for a 60mm false back to the unit plus a 15mm thickness of unit back timber plus 10mm "tolerance" plus 40mm as the radius of an 80mm hole saw drill bit. This totaled 125mm and as the hole was to be placed in the corner of the worktop, the 125mm needed to be measured from both walls.
Drill the Pilot Hole
The centre of the hole saw drill bit contains a pilot drill fitted into the arbor (see our related projects to the right to find "Using a Hole saw").
Place the pilot bit onto your mark for drilling and start to drill. Keep firm, even pressure on the drill until you feel the pilot bit go through the underside of the worktop.
Drill up From Underneath the Worktop
Stop the drill and place it under the worktop with the pilot bit in the hole you have just made. Drill upwards about 10mm and then return to your original position at the top of the unit. Now finish your hole by drilling on down through.
The reason for drilling from underneath for a few mm is to stop the worktop splitting when the holesaw gets all the way through the unit.
Dismantle Socket Unit and Insert
Dismantle the socket components and push the lead and socket section through the hole. Screw the underside washer up to the main body of the unit and (checking to see that the sockets are facing the right way!) tighten fully.
Test all is Working
Once the unit has been secured into the worktop, plug the power cord into an existing socket and turn it on. How pull up your new socket and plug in an appliance and test that all is working as it should.
Now, have a hoover and clean up and you are done! How easy was that!