Posting a message to the forum will remove the above advertisement
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. angel While you're here, would you mind checking out our Electrician's Insurance section to see if we could save you a few quid? - Specifically our Van Insurance Deals and Public Liability Insurance Deals. Thanks for supporting the forum! angel

    5% Discount from Electrical2Go.co.uk for ALL members! - Click Here

Discuss Can I drill anywhere on this wall? in the DIY Electrical Forum area at ElectrciansForums.co.uk.

Please make sure you checkout our forum sponsors, many do discounts for members and, they keep the forum free to use.
  1. Hdeep
    Offline

    Hdeep EF Member

    Location:
    UK
    Hello clever people
    Hope you can help. We have our consumer box in our downstairs toilet, right in the top corner. I want to put up a small shelf above the sink, a mirror and a toilet roll holder on the same wall, but I'm worried about wires when drilling holes. I do have one of those live wire detectors, but it's temperamental (or I don't use it properly, probably).

    Would there anywhere I could safely drill on this wall?

    Hopefully I've attached a picture.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    IMG_20180706_111836.jpg
     
  2. Pete999
    Offline

    Pete999 Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    Northampton
    Business Name:
    None
    Get yourself something like these to check for pipes and cable buried in the wall
    Cable, Metal & Stud Detectors | RS Components - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/test-measurement/electrical-test-equipment/cable-metal-stud-detectors/?cm_mmc=UK-PPC-DS3A-_-google-_-DSA_UK_EN_Test_Measurement-_-Cable,%20Metal%20%26%20Stud%20Detectors-_-DYNAMIC%20SEARCH%20ADS&matchtype=b&gclid=CjwKCAjwj4zaBRABEiwA0xwsP0R5tBXXr-KuYkAjeRGcccww3H3aC7ZvrVYobHLHUydW7aLYyqMAlBoCjqIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
     
  3. Murdoch
    Offline

    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Woking
    I would advise that you don't drill any holes directly below the fuseboard, right down to floor level, or horizontally to the left
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
  4. Rob
    Offline

    Rob Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    North west
    The cables should be run in what we call 'safe zones'

    I'm sure someone will be able to post a picture describing where they are. I don't have one to hand to post up.

    As Pete has posted, these units are useful. As although cables should only be run in these places. It doesn't stop cowboys ignoring this.
     
  5. Murdoch
    Offline

    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Woking
    ^^ safe zones weren't around 15+ years ago, so cables could be anywhere
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Rob
    Offline

    Rob Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    North west
    Looking at that board and the location of it. I wouldn't say the house is older than 15 years. Looks a lot like most new builds.
     
  7. Strima
    Offline

    Strima Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    St Neots
    That can’t be a new build, that toilet is bigger than most modern living rooms...
     
    • Funny Funny x 4
  8. Hdeep
    Offline

    Hdeep EF Member

    Location:
    UK
    Thanks for your replies! House was built c2005 I believe, so were safe zones part of regulations then? I was thinking if I avoided those zones mentioned, and used my voltage finder thingy, I *should* be okay, but then I got to thinking about how many wires must be coming into this room and got a bit freaked out :grimacing: If anyone did have any links to a diagram of the safe zones, that'd be good to look at.
    I don't know if it makes a difference, but this toilet is a lower ground one (three storey house).
    Thanks again for your help.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Pete999
    Offline

    Pete999 Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    Northampton
    Business Name:
    None
  10. Hdeep
    Offline

    Hdeep EF Member

    Location:
    UK
  11. Rob
    Offline

    Rob Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    North west
    [​IMG]

    This may or may not work. I've tried to attach an image of the safe zones.

    However if you just Google 'electrical safe zones'you get plenty of info.
     
  12. Rob
    Offline

    Rob Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    North west
    Screen-Shot-2017-09-11-at-21.03.34.x93959.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  13. Midwest
    Offline

    Midwest Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Oxfordshire
    What type of internal walls do you have. Block & plastered, block & dot & dab plasterboard or stud walls with plasterboard?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. static zap
    Offline

    static zap Regular EF Member

    Location:
    west midlands
    Is the location of the Meter / cutout relevant ?
    (as wondering how the tails typically get there to cu !)
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  15. telectrix
    Offline

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    cheshire/staffordshire
    Business Name:
    Telectrix
    very likely to be water pipes above sink. they could be anywhere though. plumbers run pipes as if they were spaghetti. if your wall is dry-lined, drill carefully through the board, but only 1/2". then if ( with the drill OFF) prod to find the block. you can tel by the sound and at wat depth. generally the block will be about 1" gap from the board.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
Loading...
Similar Threads - drill anywhere wall Forum Date
SDS drill being used instead of core drill? Electrical Forum Aug 29, 2018
Advice after drilling through electrical cable above plug socket DIY Electrical Forum Aug 27, 2018

Share This Page

Electricians Directory Post a Domestic Job Post a Commercial Job