DIY Doctor

Main navigation

Wall Fixings Near Consumer Unit

Postby Gareth176 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:01 pm

I want to put a shelf up in my home office, on a wall which also has the consumer unit on it. Is this a total non-starter, or could I safely avoid drilling into a cable by using those plasterboard fixings which screw into the wall? I’ve tried using a Bosch detector to map where the cables are, but it seems to light up like a Christmas tree without any pattern I can map out (maybe it’s just cheap !).

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:19 am


Simply Build It

Postby Mr White » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:36 pm

All cable "detectors" have the same problem, they are a waste of money.

Ideally the cables to your consumers unit should run vertically up or down to the consumers unit. The problem is you should never assume anything.

I would also pint out that having a shelf near a consumers unit will be a pain should the consumers unit need to be inspected, as it will no doubt hinder things.

As for finding where the cables run, I can only suggest you make an exploratory hole and see what you find.
Mr White
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 1028
Joined: Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:54 pm

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics