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Please read the disclaimer before attempting any electrical work. If you are uncertain then contact a qualified electrician.

When it comes to routing a cable it is possibly more time consuming and difficult that you would first expect it to be. There are a lot of different rules and regulations when it comes to electricity and they are there for your own safety and protection.

Homes are wired in different ways depending upon whether wood or solid floors are in place. It’s a lot easier getting wires underneath a wooden floor but it is impossible to get wires under a concrete floor. If you have a concrete floor the easiest way is to feed the wires from above.

The picture that is shown above is a typical arrangement, the lighting is being fed from the ceiling and the sockets are being fed from the floor, this is the easiest and most time saving way to wire a domestic house.


The picture above shows a wiring arrangement where the cables for the lighting and the sockets come from the ceiling. This type of cabling is easier when there is a concrete floor in the house.

It's usually a good idea to plan where your cables are going to go before routing them.

The newest requirements for routing your cables is shown below

The diagram shown above shows you where you are allowed to run your cables. All wires have to run horizontally or vertically unless the cables are deeper than 50mm and in mechanical protection.

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