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replacing home security wiring

Postby lsmythe » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:57 am

We have recently removed our carpets to find the cable for the home secruity running underneath. Parts of this cable have been stripped, so the coloured wires inside are visible. We are getting wooden floors installed on top or our existing wooden floor and the floorer has said that the wires need to be moved.
Is this the case?
Can they not be hidden under the floorboards?
How easy is it to replace the wire so it can run neatly above the skirting board?

Thanks for your help.

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Postby Breakingwind » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:53 pm

Hi Leanne.
If the wiring is taking a short cut across the floor and the new flooring laid on top the cables will be crushed, causing all manner of problems.
If the cables run around the edges of the walls then is the floorer just cutting the new floor to meet the skirting or are you replacing the skirting to lie on top of the new flooring, if so the wiring can be put behind the skirting.
However if the internal cores are already showing in places i suspect the cables are damaged by crushing unless the outer sheath has been stripped back to connect a door contact, this will be at doors only.
If the damage is due to crushing then it needs repairing with tape to prevent further damage and false alarms.
If rewiring is necessary then it's reasonably easy to use the old wire to pull in the new wire, normally. but depends on how it's been installed, i suspect if the wiring is taking short cuts then it will be easy as it wont have been clipped anywhere.

Hope this helps
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