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Single socket into double

Post by DCOL89 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:39 am

Hi,

Looking for help, I am wanting to change a single socket into a double socket and want to put it flush against the wall. I was going to buy a new double backbox and replace the single backbox. The wiring that is currently going to the single backbox, can I put into the double socket or will I need to do anything with the wiring?

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Re: Single socket into double

Post by Bob225 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:59 am

I don't see a problem, is it a spur/radial (1 cable) or part of the ring main (2-3 cables) ?
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Re: Single socket into double

Post by someone-else » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:37 pm

DCOL89, go ahead, but do make sure you turn the mains off first. (No need to worry is it a spur or on a ring)
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Re: Single socket into double

Post by DCOL89 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:44 pm

Thanks for replies, so it should be ok to change from the single socket to the double socket no matter the configuration?

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Re: Single socket into double

Post by someone-else » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:51 pm

That is correct since you are only changing from single to double.
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Re: Single socket into double

Post by wine~o » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:00 pm

Your main issue is going to removing the old single metal back box without damaging existing wiring. Be very careful.

New back box must have grommets fitted.
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Re: Single socket into double

Post by Scotty001 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:25 pm

What about using a single socket to double socket converter ? it fits in a single socket back box but gives you a double socket. i've installed a couple in the MILS Flat because its a council property and didnt want to starting chasing out bigger back box holes in the concrete and brick work.

https://www.screwfix.com/c/electrical-l ... /cat830536
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