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Socket converters

Post by headey » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Are there converters for twin sockets?

I know you can buy converters to change a single socket into a triple. I've used them myself a couple of times. However, I've been looking around for converters for double socket converters. It seems surprising to me that, in this day and age, I cannot find converters that allow a twin socket to become triple or quadruple sockets.
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Re: Socket converters

Post by Nos » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:01 pm

Why cant you use a single plug multi gang extension, you can get them up to ten I think, but be aware of your total loading.
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Re: Socket converters

Post by arco_iris » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:31 pm

:withstupid:

Not aware of any but it isn't THAT difficult to expand an outlet properly, are you a competent diy'er and have you got a multitool, is the wall solid, dot'n'dab or plasterboard?

One other way round it would be to fit surface boxes side by side over the existing back box.
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Re: Socket converters

Post by Bob225 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:32 pm

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Re: Socket converters

Post by headey » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:35 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions. Of course, I could relatively easily put in an extra box, I was just looking for an easy option, given that the solution will be (relatively) temporary and not worth the extra effort of cutting into the wall.

Thanks Bob225: Ordinarily, Screwfix or Toolstation would be the first place I would look, especially as their catalogues are on my shelf within easy reach. Not having seen such expanders before, I looked in the CPC catalogue, not thinking the likes of Screwfix or Toolstation would have something so specialised.
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Re: Socket converters

Post by Bob225 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:43 pm

I come across them looking for a link for another thread, They seemed to be aimed at the diy market, B&Q may do them at a mark up as there owned by the same group as screwfix
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Re: Socket converters

Post by ericmark » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:16 pm

Since the makers of the sockets don't know if being fitted to a ring final or spur or radial, so they are made with a 13A fuse, and they stick out of the wall more than standard sockets. Image There are back boxes with three single, a double and single, or even 4 doubles as shown here, you can then decide what fuses or switches to include, option is yours. Image
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Re: Socket converters

Post by aeromech3 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:54 am

I seem to remember they do not recess into the existing back box and hence connections might need extra long existing tails.
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Re: Socket converters

Post by Bob225 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:32 pm

they are surface mount just over the depth of a earth pin iirc
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