Mouldings, ducts and skirting buying guide
John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton59 guides
Mouldings are essential when installing any lighting or electrical system. When installed on a wall, skirting can be painted to imitate wood or fitted according to the specific electrical installation's needs. Aesthetics, dimensions and wire count are the important factors to look out for.
- Number of compartments
Electric duct, molding or skirting?
Quality moulding and proper installation make it possible to realize a rapid, aesthetic installation and is perfectly compliant with all the relevant norms.
Ducts and plates
Duct, moulding or skirting: what are their characteristics?
For a prospective circuit to be installed in a wet room and be exposed to water spashling, a standard moulding will not suffice, you will need a PVC pipe installation. If the duct is there to protect cables, you can forgo the elbow and tee parts. However when it's protecting wires, elbows and tees will be required in order to guarantee that it's waterproof and offers a good mechanical protection from every angle.
When adding supplementary sockets or switches, small rubber stamps are available. These can be cut to any diameter in order to get a more perfect fit and reinforce the waterproofing element. Note that cable glands are also available to ease the cables into the switches and sockets.
Number of compartments
Capacity of compartments
Each moulding can accommodate a given number of wires according to their cross-section, expressed in mm². For example, a 13 x 24 mm moulding may contain any of the following combinations: 18 1.5 mm² wires for lighting purposes, 13 2.5 mm² wires for electrical outlets or 66 mm² wires for electric plates. Always make sure that the purchased moulding can contain all your circuit's required wires, leaving yourself a small margin just in case you need to add additional circuits.
What are the electric moulding's different accessories?
When installing, the moulding's back is sawed, along with their hood, so that they can be placed one after the other. In doing so, the assembly's rigidity is reduced and the wires may even be visible in the event of a bad fit. The connectors therefore play a crucial role in your installation's mechanical strength, electrical safety and aesthetic qualities. In any case, an installation must be in compliance with the standards and norms.
Outside corner angle
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John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton 59 guides écrits
From a very young age, I was always fascinated by manual and technical work, especially woodworking. When I got my very first flat, it became my own personal DIY playground. I rewired some of the electricity (remember, safety first!) to better supply all my computers and gadgets. I also built partition walls and did some decorating with my wife. We worked on some made-to-measure furniture and came up with little tricks to optimise the space, keeping the original charm of the building in mind. When the little one arrived, I started building bits and pieces for him as well.
We don't have a lot of space, so I don't have a permanent workshop or certain tools I've always dreamed of owning. But with my IT background, I already know a lot about DIY, and I love helping others troubleshoot their ideas!