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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:30 pm 
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Hi all, a quick question!

I am changing, like for like, the sockets and switches in my home (20 year old build) and have an issue with a double socket in the hallway!

Have changed so far 12 sockets downstairs with no problems....all being red in live, black in neutral and green/yellow in earth but this one double socket has the red in the neutral and the black in the live??

These sockets are from the original build as far as I know and the hallway double works!!

I want to replace it but what should I do? Should I get (and pay for) a proper electrician to look at it?

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You should identify which is live which is neutral then connect them accordingly.
You can do this with a multi meter.

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Thanks mate....but

I am a 'BIT' ocd or some thing? and I am quite certain that I cannot put a red cable into a neutral and a black cable into a live even if god told me, personally, that it was ok!

think I will have to get a sparky and go out while he does it :?


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get a cheap plug in tester that will tell you if its correct, what is plugged into the socket usually ? a light, a charger or hoover ? it may of not been a issue till you found it

eg.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-ms6860d- ... /91596#_=p

Not a bad deal (usually 9.99 each)

https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-k810-ac- ... pack/5449h



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lake wrote:
Thanks mate....but

I am a 'BIT' ocd or some thing? and I am quite certain that I cannot put a red cable into a neutral and a black cable into a live even if god told me, personally, that it was ok!

think I will have to get a sparky and go out while he does it :?


Almost certainly a LN reversal. It happens a lot and is not often noticed.

It might be worth buying the tester that Bob mentions and testing all the sockets after you have replaced them.



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Could just be that the socket's been taken off at some time and replaced incorrectly. :dunno:
As said it often doesn't get noticed as the socket "works".
I'd agree that the tester's a good idea.



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Thanks for all the advice guys, will get the twin pack that Bob linked and hope to see that it is live/neutral reversed!

Didn't know that things could still work?? Dont use that socket much but have over the last 2 months had an sds, multitool, mini plunge saw and vacuum working from it :shock:

Bloody weird electrons....what shall I be today, particle or wave? I know lets just work backwards, that will freak the humans head up :wtf:


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Do not forget that our European cousins often use plugs that can be inserted either way around!

https://www.worldstandards.eu/electrici ... sockets/c/


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OnlyMe wrote:
Do not forget that our European cousins often use plugs that can be inserted either way around!

https://www.worldstandards.eu/electrici ... sockets/c/



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Well yes....but....you know....they are, well like, sort of....kinda thing.......as they act ina, way being, like.......foreign and all that!
Wired as electrons are weird probably....but nice an all.......just not really correctish (if you know what I mean, but in the nicest way, not to say that their way is wrong....it's just not right) :hiding:


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