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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:43 pm 
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I have moved into a house where the previous owner has used choc blocks and expanding foam in all the downstairs rooms, i was wondering how can i change this mess into something better to work with. In the upstairs i used junction boxes and cleaned this mess up making it easier to work with but downstairs the hole in the ceiling is much smaller.

I cannot just use a junction box and hide it away in the ceiling, does it comply to use a plasterboard back box, wago connectors behind a light fitting?


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Wago connectors will comply, any junction box /choc bloc must be accessible to meet regs.

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I was told that they do comply and can get access but leaving them loose above a light fitting is very bad. hence why I asked about back box instead of junction box


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Loose choc bloc in theory can get "contaminated" and become a fire risk (dont ask me how) also the screws can work loose over time, which is why they have to be accessible, but putting them in a box is also fine................if you can get the box up there in the first place (Choc box, no problem)

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no chance of a junction box, I do however have a choice of either a small round back box and put wago in there or a wago junction box but i can't fix it to a joist or anything


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You don't want to fix it to a joist, if you do how can it be taken down to be inspected?

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Building regs, and regulations are not the same, in the main if it complies with the regulations (BS7671) then it will also comply with building regulations.

However there is debate on fire regulations as to in a fire how long will wires remain fixed after the death of a fire fighter, in the main electricial regulations are not retrospective, however where they have been changed to comply with building regulations then they may be.

However the regulations state all work should be inspected and tested and minor works or installation certificate raised, and in the main with DIY you will fall foul of that.

So forget about regulations, and ask yourself is it safe? With metal buildings vibration may cause screws to work loose, but in a normal house this would be unusual, so although an electrician has to follow the rules, even if it is really no problem if he doesn't you may as well just make it safe and not worry about rules as your going to brake them anyway by not testing.


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