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Created On: 10 June 2004 11:34 AM
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 10 June 2004 11:34 AM
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deleted_propertybaron

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When re-wiring an old house & the householder wants the new sockets & switches to be in the same positions as the old ones,(not as the new regs.) can I do this and will the installation still be passed by the Elec. Board?
 10 June 2004 04:00 PM
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deleted_abaker

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BS 7671 does not stipulate a minimum height for sockets and switches, this is a requirement of building regulations. The electricity board will not check the heights of the sockets and switches so at the moment you can put the sockets and switches were the customer wants them. This is likley to change in January when Part P of the building regulations comes in to force.
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 11 June 2004 07:54 AM
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gkenyon

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I think the part of the Building Regs which dictates socket & switch heights is already in force.

If you are "repairing", i.e. replacing existing socket outlets, you would probably be OK leaving them at the same height, as it's existing (can't see that this will change w.r.t. Part P).

However, if you are fitting new outlets, they must comply with the current Building Regs heights.


Having said that, you need to consider the usability of each outlet - many think that outlets on the skirting board are NOT acceptable, as this is a fire risk (cords get damaged at the outlet, and set fire to carpets).

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 11 June 2004 08:16 AM
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ahr35181

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Whilst not giving a definite minimum height, reg 553-01-06 does require socket outlets to be high enough from floor level to avoid mechanical damage. Many a socket / plug top have been busted with being too low. If the existing sockets are less than 150mm from the floor I would insist on mounting them higher (at 450mm).

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mapj1

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Actually the building regs don't prevent you have sockets at other heights -even one on the ceiling if you like, and if there is a ceiling mount projector you might.
What you should have is enough sockets at heights that can be used by anyone.
What is reasonable in a rewire depends on how much of a total refurbishment the re-wire is. If it is just fitting new sockets in the place of old, then there is not much mileage in hacking up the plaster.
But if the wall is being reskimmed anyway, then a more modern and user friendly approach will be worth considering, and if its a new build like an extension, you will need the blessing of the building control chaps to stray very far from the recommendation of part M, and still get a completion certificate. (which does not mean you can't, but like single glazing in listed buildings, it needs some justification.)

edit how did this get resurrected 12 years on ?

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 21 August 2016 10:37 PM
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alancapon

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Someone appeared to be having some kind of point scoring contest earlier involving resurrecting long gone posts, I notice that the poster has since deleted their posts, but the forum software does not return them to where they came from.

A couple were then replied to, with the person not noticing the date, other than the info in the post appeared not to be to the latest edition of the regs.

Regards,

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 21 August 2016 10:47 PM
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spinlondon

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Nostalgia.
Ain't like what it used to be.
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weirdbeard

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Originally posted by: alancapon

Someone appeared to be having some kind of point scoring contest earlier involving resurrecting long gone posts, I notice that the poster has since deleted their posts, but the forum software does not return them to where they came from.



A couple were then replied to, with the person not noticing the date, other than the info in the post appeared not to be to the latest edition of the regs.

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just for info that was me, sorry for any bother, but the board was crammed with spam Sunday lunchtime, I posted 10 hopefully erudite replies to recent topics, but the spam kept coming, so did a random search of old topics with 50 points available for the oldest, just to fill the page, though no one wanted to play so I deleted out of embarrassment , though thanks to all that replied to them despite that

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weirdbeard

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Originally posted by: spinlondon

Nostalgia.

Ain't like what it used to be.


50 points for the best nostalgic thing you've found in your work boot...yesterday morning I tought Id lost a five pound note and today at morning coffee break I tipped the crap out of first boot normal stuff, second one there was a crumpled fiver...how it got there is a total mystery

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