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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:05 am 
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I am helping my parents replacing all the sockets and switches in their home. Its a 5 bedroom house so there is alot. They wanted polished chrome flat plate and I've chosen Schneider Ultimate Flat Plate also sold under the GET brand without the Schenider Electric logo printed on the bottom right corner of the plate:

https://www.directtradesupplies.co.uk/p ... ed-chrome-

I was wondering if anyone had any experience of installing these. I fitted Crabtree Platinum when I installed the TV in the kitchen:

http://www.patre.com/tv/

I've decided against screwless as I found it difficult to fit them and if the wall isn't perfect the result is a poor finish.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:15 am 
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Not used these personally, but other flat plate accessories I've used require the use of extra deep back boxes.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:31 am 
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Yes I was aware that the depth of the back boxes may be a concern. The catalogue says that range requires minimum 25mm but for 2G mains socket they recommend 35mm. I'm not going to rush and order without checking. Although checking every back box is very labourious.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:54 am 
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Were you going to change light switches as well?, as they usually require minimum 25mm boxes. ignore if you already know this. :-)


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I'm replacing everything apart from the sockets and switches in the garage which I've already upgraded to MK Metal Clad.

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My intention was to do all the ones that don't need the back box upgrading then get an electrician to do those.


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Morbius wrote:
Not used these personally, but other flat plate accessories I've used require the use of extra deep back boxes.


It's often worse than just needing deeper back boxes.

With some of the flat plate stuff, as well as needing deeper back boxes they also require the back boxes to be installed about 5 to 6mm behind the final finished surface to allow the socket to clear the backbox earth lugs (the Crabtree flat plate stuff is a good example of this).


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I await comment from anyone that has used the Schneider Ultimate Flat Plate before I proceed. If its going to be a case of alot of back boxes needing replacing then I'll choose the Ultimate Low Profile range.


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All flat plate sockets/switches are pretty much the same in terms of their requirements for back boxes, and removing existing back boxes can be a right PITA, and if there is no rubber grommet then the cable insulation can easily be cut/damaged. (surprising how many sockets I find have no grommet).

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What about the Schneider Low Profile range:

http://www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en/product/GU3520BPC/ultimate-low-profile---switched-socket---2-gangs---chrome/

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Same issue. sometimes you can "dress" the cables around the internal gubbins of the switch/socket (more difficult with sockets as the cables/cores are thicker) sometimes you can't.

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Used them on a couple of jobs, seemed good to me. Easy to fit and well made

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Darren, Which range are you talking about?

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Used them on a couple of jobs, seemed good to me. Easy to fit and well made


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The Low Profile ones

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