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  1. diyterry
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    diyterry Trying to make sense of a confusing world

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    Hello. I am extending my bathroom, but one of the walls that will be incorporated into the bathroom has a socket fitted. Is this allowed in a bathroom or is it best to remove the socket and fit a cover?
     
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  2. Michael Sands
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    Michael Sands Regular EF Member

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    Yes is the simple answer but has to be at least 3 meteres from zones but best to get rid of it
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    13A socket outlets are permitted providing they are not less than 3m from the boundary edge of zone 1.
     
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  4. diyterry
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    diyterry Trying to make sense of a confusing world

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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    3 miles from zone 1? that's in the local pub.
     
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  6. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    'Thank you for your quick reply. The socket is too close to zone 1. Behind the socket three cables converge, bearing in mind that I am replacing the plasterboard in that area what is the best method of connect the cables together?'

    Either use the existing back box, suitable connectors and a front plate or a suitable maintenance free junction box. Any further information, would be a step by step guide, which is against forum rules.

    I'd consider employing a competent electrician. Such work could be notifiable to local building control.
     
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  7. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    If you were to do it yourself, you cannot just connect them together and plaster over the joint. You could replace the socket with a blank plate, however.
     
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  8. stevethesparks
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    stevethesparks Electrician's Arms

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    Designate your bath as a swimming pool, and as long as its rcd protected you can reduce the distance to 2 metres. :)
    I am kidding of course but it's in the regs 702.53ii a socket outlet is permitted in zone 2 and that's 2 metres from the edge of the pool
     
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  9. diyterry
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    diyterry Trying to make sense of a confusing world

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    Thank you, could you recommend a suitable maintenance free junction box?
     
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  10. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Starting to get step by step. You could just Goggle that for yourself. Still think your best bet is to employ a sparks. Whats £**'ish matter in new bathroom build?
     
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  11. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    btw, the junction does not need to be maintenance free- it will be under a (removable) blank plate.
     
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  12. Resu
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    He said he's re-plasterboarding, so it will be behind the wall.
     
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  13. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    Then he needs to remove the cables from the wall completely as there will not be anything denoting the presence of cables in the wall.

    @diyterry@diyterry Do the cables come up from the floor or down from the ceiling?
     
  14. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Leave the socket where it is...get a toaster...start living life on the edge,dude ;)
     
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  15. johnduffell
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    johnduffell Regular EF Member

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    I gave you a Funny because it's one of those situations where doing it just before knocking down the wall wouldn't be notifiable, but after would.
    Anyway, not a lot of people realise that replacing a bathroom is classed as building work under the building regulations and should be notified to the local building control.
     
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