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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:06 pm 
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I would like to move an electrical outlet, which is awkwardly placed.

I have some questions if someone could help.

I was thinking about fitting a back box above the one presently there and fishing the wires through there. Is this something I need to be electrically qualified to do? I then intend on using something like Wago connectors and a junction box to extend the wires elsewhere. Is this something which would work?

How do I remove the existing back Box?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:14 pm 
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are you sure when its moved it will be away from the cable run
as in if the cable comes down the wall and you want to raise it a few inches :dunno:

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Sorry I’m a novice, cable run?

Yes I want to raise it no more than 12 inches. To be honest I think it’s a job I could do myself but a little apprehensive when it comes to electrical work.


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if the cables come down the wall you wont be extending the cable
if it comes up from the floor you will

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Understand. So do you think this is something non electrically trained people can/should do?


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You could extend both cables (Wago connectors, good idea) then put a blanking plate over existing socket, and fix a new box higher up.
Unless you have to why not use a surface patress for the new location? it will be easier, and quicker.

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I would put a blanking plate over the existing box, however I need it to be flush with the wall, as I’ll be putting a wall cabinet over it and the frame will sit on the box/blanking plate.

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Although could use a flat blanking plate


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I am not aware of a flush blanking plate. But then if you are putting a cupboard over it, you would not need one. (But a permanent note in the back of the cupboard would be a good idea, today you know its there, in a few years time..........)

Will this new socket be above the cupboard? I am just thinking that if it is it should be at couple of inches above the top of the cupboard (Makes plugging stuff in easier)

You should leave the existing back box there, less hassle and for the sake of 69p you would be better off leaving it.

A picture would help. Turn the electricity off first before you take the socket off to take a picture.

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I’ll take a picture in a moment.

The problem is the frame of the cabinet will end up sitting on the blanking plate. If it where in the cabinet I wouldn’t. Have a problem with it being there.


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if your going up the wall 12" there a good chance the origional cable is in the way off where you want to place the new box so you cant just extend back
and you cant just go to one side as it puts cables outside the safe zone mid wall

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