Electric Socket Outlets and Mounting Boxes Aberdeen

An electric socket outlet consists of a mounting box into which the cable is fed and a faceplate with terminals to which the cable cores are connected. The faceplate will usually have either one, two or three power outlets and will be referred to as a one, two or three gang socket.

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01224 639792
Pittodrie Lane
Aberdeen
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1976

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A J Robson (Electrical) Ltd.
01224 248123
Unit 1a
Aberdeen
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1987

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West End Electrical Ltd.
01224 322054
24 Gladstone Place
Aberdeen
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2003

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John R Ewan (Aberdeen) Ltd.
01224 646480
32 Hamilton Place
Aberdeen
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1977

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Valcon Electrical
01224 706473
42 Collieston Circle
ABERDEEN
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1999

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J & M Electrical (Aberdeen) Ltd.
01224 488000
3 Elmfield Place
Aberdeen
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1999

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Byron Ltd.
01224 587428
12 Virginia Street
Aberdeen
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1983

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Sleigh Electrical
01224 492162
7c Anderson Avenue
Aberdeen
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1983

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West End Electrical
01224 322054
24 Gladstone Place
Aberdeen
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1987

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L & M Services
01224 312139
25 Springfield Road
Aberdeen
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1991

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Electric Socket Outlets and Mounting Boxes

Electric socket outlets and mounting boxes

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An electric socket outlet consists of a mounting box into which the cable is fed and a faceplate with terminals to which the cable cores are connected. The faceplate will usually have either one, two or three power outlets and will be referred to as a one, two or three gang socket.  The holes in the faceplate for the plug pins are shuttered to make them childproof. Socket outlets can be either flush or surface-mounted to the wall, although surface mounted sockets are more vulnerable to being cracked following an impact, so it is worth considering replace these with flush-mounted sockets. If a socket is damaged do not use it until it has been repaired. Scorch marks on the faceplate or around the pin holes indicate poor connections.

Plastic socket outlets

The most common type of socket outlet is made of plastic and will be a one, two or three-gang socket. Plastic sockets fit onto a surface-mounted plastic box or onto a flush-mounted metal box.

Metal socket outlets

Metal sockets add a touch of style to the room and are available either with a single or double outlet. They can be made from brass, chrome or stainless steel. The shuttered pin holes and switches have plastic surrounds. If flush-mounting a metal outlet you need to use a steel mounting box. But a surface mounted metal outlet needs to be fitted onto a mounting box made of the same metal.

Sockets with indicators

Socket faceplates made from plastic and metal are available with small neon indicator lights that light up when the power outlet is switched on. When fitting this type of socket it is important to take care as it is easy to dislodge the small bulb behind the coloured window.

Fused connection unit or FCU

For connecting high-wattage appliances, such as cookers, extractor fans, central heating timers and heaters to a circuit you will need to fit a fused connection unit or FCU. An FCU is fitted with an integral fuse. The flex from the fixed appliance is connected directly into the FCU instead of being plugged into a socket. The FCU may be fitted with a switch and a small neon indicator light.

Flex-outlet plates

Electric sockets must never be fitted in a bathroom, so if you need to connect a fixed appliance such as a towel rail, it needs to be connected to a flex-outlet plate. The cable will run from the FCU outside of the bathroom into the back of the flex-outlet plate's mounting box. The towel rail's flex is fed through the front of the faceplate and connected to terminals on its back. Flex-outlet plates do not have switches.

Outdoor sockets

Outdoor sockets are made from waterproof polycarbonate and are fitted with a cover that closes even when the plug has been pushed into the socket. The high impact polycarbonate is resistant to oil, alkaline and ultra violet. Outdoor power outlets usually have one or two sockets. ...

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