Installing a plug socket can be a useful DIY skill to have. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install a plug socket:
- New plug socket
- Electrical cable
- Electrical tester
- Wire cutters/strippers
- Wall chaser (if required)
- Safety goggles
Turn off the power: Turn off the power to the room at the main circuit breaker before you start. You can check that the power is off by using an electrical tester.
Choose the location: Choose the location for the new socket, and make sure it is not located near any water sources.
Trace the outline of the socket: Place the socket on the wall where you want it, and trace around it with a pencil.
Cut the hole: Use a wall chaser or a drill with a hole saw attachment to cut the hole for the socket.
Run the cable: Run the electrical cable from the existing socket to the new location. You may need to cut a channel in the wall to run the cable, and secure it in place with cable clips.
Connect the wires: Strip the wires at the end of the cable and connect them to the new socket. The live wire (usually brown) should be connected to the terminal marked "L," the neutral wire (usually blue) to the terminal marked "N," and the earth wire (usually green/yellow) to the terminal marked "E."
Secure the socket: Once the wires are connected, securely attach the socket to the wall using screws.
Test the socket: Turn the power back on and test the socket with an electrical tester to make sure it is functioning correctly.
Remember to always turn off the power before attempting any electrical work, and if you are unsure about any aspect of the installation, seek professional help from a qualified electrician.