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  1. giggsy85
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    giggsy85 New EF Member

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    Hi all,

    We are due to have out stairs and landing plastered and while prepping today (removing handrail, etc) I also removed an old electrical shower switch box. We had our bathroom done last year and they removed the old electric shower and put in a mains shower but the old switch box remained in place on the landing.

    I took the box off today and there is a lot of wiring that remains and appears to still be live! I'm not sure what to do with it - can I just cut the wires back and tape over ends and then plaster over? One set of wires is chased into the wall with the white trunking and the other comes straight out but not sure where either run to.

    If I get an electrician involved how would they resolve it?

    Any help much appreciated.

    Thanks

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  2. Specialist
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    Specialist Electrician's Arms

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    Best advice mate, is call an electrician to sort it properly and make it safe.
    Taping over live ends of wires, then plastering over is dangerous to say the least & could end up with someone getting seriously injured or killed?
     
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  3. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    NO WAY! The feed wiring needs to be disconnected at the consumer unit and all cables checked to make sure they are no longer live. AS specialist says, leaving them there is a disaster waiting to happen. The next person in teh house could drill into the wall, and die./

    Get an electrician
     
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  4. snowhead
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    snowhead Forum Mentor

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    So could the person plastering the live ends over
     
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  5. giggsy85
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    giggsy85 New EF Member

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    Thanks all. Advice taken on board.
     
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  6. 7029 dave
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    7029 dave Forum Mentor

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    Get the circuit completely isolated / disconnected.
     
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  7. dmxtothemax
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    That"s the safest way to do it !
     
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  8. Paul228
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    Paul228 There is no spoon

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    OMG.
    Do not put wet plaster over that taped off cable.
    It will blow.
    It will kill
    And you will be liable.
    Hope you like prison food and sharing a 10 by 6 with your new found lover/ friend.
    Get a spark in before you do anything else.
     
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  9. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Does the new 'mains shower' still work, with the 'old switch box' disconnected?
     
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  10. Paul228
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    Paul228 There is no spoon

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    I thought that, but then thought...monopoly, he can't be that silly.
    I assumed he meant mains water or mixer shower running off hot n cold water.
     
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  11. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Well hopefully not.
     
  12. ruston
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    ruston Forum Mentor

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    I sometimes wonder if we are being invaded by wind up merchants.
     
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  13. giggsy85
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    giggsy85 New EF Member

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    By main I meant mixer - sorry not in the trade so some of lingo might be off. I asked for some advice - if the advice is to get it looked at professionally then that's the advice I will take on board. Not everyone is a trade pro!
     
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  14. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Forum Mentor

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    electrician just needs to check that all 3 conductors are disconnected at Consumer Unit and then cut those ends off so you can fill the hole. £40 call-out if it were me.
     
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  15. giggsy85
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    giggsy85 New EF Member

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    Thanks mate, very helpful.
     
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