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Created On: 07 September 2017 05:27 PM
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 12 September 2017 11:23 PM
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ebee

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Cables behind skirtings (in the wall it`s fixed to ) are permitted providing they are vertical to sockets/switches etc.

I suppose ditto horozontal but you would never put a socket/witch etc at skirting height. Would you?

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 13 September 2017 12:37 AM
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OlympusMons

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Originally posted by: ebee

Cables behind skirtings (in the wall it`s fixed to ) are permitted providing they are vertical to sockets/switches etc.



I suppose ditto horozontal but you would never put a socket/witch etc at skirting height. Would you?

Depends on the height of the skirting. Some are huge, especially in older properties.
The diagram showing permitted zones does not have a skirting, so it makes sense not to bury cables there in case they are fitted later.
If they are surface fixed and the carpenter fitting the skirting can see it, then there shouldn't be a problem. A skirting is not part of a wall.
I am not saying I have done this, but, from the regs, I can see why others have done this and thought it to be compliant.
 13 September 2017 08:56 PM
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jonny705

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Evening , I had this problem last year in a flat with solid ceilings and floors, so ran it in BS 8436 cable behind the skirting.
I could chop enough plaster from wall to make it flush to allow the skirting to go back flush.

If the Plaster has been feathered down and is really thin at FFL you will have to chase into the brick which is a mare.
The only other way round it as to space the skirting off the wall , but unless you like, or are good at Carpentry its quite a fiddly job.

Capping is so thin now , if I drove nail into the wall ,it would go straight through anyway.

Pine Skirting vs coke can thick Capping vs Brittle Plastic trucking in a mechanical protection role when hit with a large hammer would win every time
 14 September 2017 03:58 PM
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204 posts to read on a related topic :

http://www.theiet.org/forums/f...tid=205&threadid=37768

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potential

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Originally posted by: Weirdbeard2

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Quite correct, that is what skirting boards do, they protect the wall from bumps.
In the 60 odd years I've wired houses (off and on, usually older houses) I've never ever run cable behind a skirting board.
Why?
Because I've seen too many nails sticking out of the back of them where the person who put them in originally missed their fixing.
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