Tidying up ugly internal plugs
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Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by Mrcturner » Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:34 am

Without recessing this plug into to the wall and having to replaster the whole wall, what is the best way to tidy this up?

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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by Mr White » Mon Jun 05, 2023 1:15 pm

Turn the electricity off, tighten up the faceplate screws and with a damp cloth (not wet) and a scour sponge and cleaner, give it a good wipe/rub.

Or change both, your choice.

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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by Mrcturner » Mon Jun 05, 2023 2:00 pm

Thanks for the response.

Ideally I’d like to replace the whole thing. It’s covered in paint etc.

But when I look for a replacement, I can only seem to find the face plate:

https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-13-Amp-Single-Switched-Plug-Socket---White/p/710022

Where am I going wrong? Is there a name for this kind of socket?

Thanks

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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by Mr White » Mon Jun 05, 2023 6:44 pm

It is called a socket, not a faceplate, and the box on the wall is called a patress.

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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by ericmark » Tue Jun 06, 2023 12:46 pm

As said google "pattress box" and you will see many options, it seems cable is surface so there are limits, you can get skirting trunking but it seems to be a silly price, CEF seems around the cheapest with their Centaur range.

Personally I have used T2 trunking on top of the skirting board and filled in the gap between the two so it looks as if the trunking is part of the skirting board, then mounted the pattress box above it sinking it in just plaster depth, so socket about level with the skirting, any further in means the appliance cable is put under strain as it pushes on skirting.

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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by I.Hughes » Tue Jun 20, 2023 12:41 pm


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Re: Tidying up ugly internal plugs

by ericmark » Sun Jun 25, 2023 7:08 am

Looking for some thing else I came across this web site https://copleydecor.co.uk/ and it seems they do covings and skirting boards designed to take cables behind them.

With grid systems you can get face plates independent to socket, but they are more expensive so in the main no point.

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