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  1. FrankTabs
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    FrankTabs EF Member

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    Hello
    I'm looking at adding more sockets to a bedroom, I notice the existing single socket has to cables running into it, would it be ok to add twin sockets to the end of each cable or do i need to add another bit of cable to complete the existing circuit?

    Thanks for any advice
     
  2. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    Just to check, do you mean two cables?

    If there are two cables, then it is likely that the original socket is on a ring final circuit. But you would need to test if this is the case. you'll need a multimeter that can test resistance and mains voltage. Do you have one?

    As it is a ring, it is best to add the new sockets and unclude them as part of the ring.
    You can add a socket to a ring as an addition (known as a spur) but you can only have one spur. it is not permitted to have a spur from a spur.
     
  3. Pete999
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    Pete999 Forum Mentor

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    You can if you first fit a fused spur unit and then as many sockets as you want within reason Appenx15 BS7671
     
  4. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Any RCD protection?
     
  5. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    best to employ the services of a local sparks. that way the alteration will be to current regulations, tested for safety, and a certificate provided. this could be critical if you came to sell the house.
     
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  6. Spoon
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    Spoon Forum Mentor

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    Just to check, do you mean include them..? ;);)
     
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  7. peterhyper
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    Don't forget to issue yourself a minor works certificate.
     
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  8. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    Yugs
     
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  9. FrankTabs
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    FrankTabs EF Member

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    Thanks for all your replies,
    Yes two twin and earth cables going into a single socket, It's on an RCD board, haven't attempted it just yet, I do have a multimeter so will check what reading the circuit gives, but I was going to re-wire it as I found it, with an additional cable connecting the two sockets through two junction boxes to create the ring. I've done sockets before without issue, but not seen one on a ring before, so wanted to know the best way to do it. What resistance reading should I be looking for, 0.3 - 0.4?
     
  10. Spoon
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    This sounds like an interesting comment. So what where the other circuits where you added extra sockets? How many wired did they have? What size cable?
     
  11. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Me thinks we should not impart too much advice on this.
     
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  12. FrankTabs
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    FrankTabs EF Member

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    I did them with a qualified electrician, he took me though it, we added fused spurs, it was a few years back in different house, 2.5mm twin earth, I will be consulting an electrician, I'd just like to understand what will be required
     
  13. ipf
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    Well, if they worked, you won't have had any issues......will you?....
     
  14. Pete999
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    Frank with respect you shouldn't be attempting this work, as you obviously have very little knowledge of how to do this type of work, neither do you, by the sounds of it have the corect sort of test gear, do your self a favour and employ an Electrician to do these alterations for you.
     
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  15. Risteard
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    Risteard Respected Member

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    Really?

    How many cables would you expect to find in the majority of points on a typical radial final circuit?
     
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