Power Point Installation
Power Point Installation
The number of electrical devices in your home and office is constantly growing, often because of a new computer or entertainment system. These devices can easily exceed the available power points in your building, especially if it’s an older home. The most common solutions to this problem are to use multi-plug adaptors or extension leads with multiple outlets, although these practices can become dangerous when they overload the power point. Not only can the total number of power points be inadequate, but they can also be in inconvenient locations.
The installation of a new power point is the safest way to solve the problem of limited power access. This procedure may be classified into external and internal installations. An external installation involves installing the power point to an external wall with a cavity, while an internal installation requires the electrician to install the power point to a wall without a cavity. Power point services also include upgrading single power points to double power points or installing power points with USB sockets.
An external wall typically consists of two distinct walls separated by a cavity, which greatly facilitates the installation of a power point. An electrician can drill a hole through the inner wall and insert the power cable through the hole. The cable can then be pulled up to the roof to connect it to an existing circuit. The power point can typically be recessed to avoid the use of a mounting block, which can appear unattractive.
An internal wall doesn’t have a cavity, which increases the work needed to install a power point. The installation options generally consist of chasing the cable into the wall or mounting ducting to the surface of the wall.
Chasing the cable into the wall requires drilling holes into the wall, then plastering and painting over the holes once the installation is complete. This solution is best when you’re renovating an older house, but haven’t painted yet.
An electrician can also mount ducting to the wall’s surface, which will serve as an enclosure for the power cable. This procedure involves looking for places to install the power point that will minimise the appearance of the ducting, often by hiding it behind an object such as a wardrobe. The primary advantage of this solution is that it doesn’t require plastering and painting, although it doesn’t look as neat as chasing the cable into the wall.