Cost/Price to Fit Flush Electrical Sockets in Lath and Plaster Walls
To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…
(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
Cost To Put a Flush Socket in a Lath and Plaster Wall
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These prices are based on an electrician’s rate of £200 per day and a labourer if required at £100 per day. They include the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need.
(The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
With you decorating afterwards, he will charge half a day plus the “magic mix”……£80.00
A Guide to How Much Will it Cost to Fit a Flush Electrical Socket in a Lath and Plaster Wall
There are two descriptions for this job. If the socket’s going in just above the skirting, it’s a nightmare. If it’s going half way up the wall it’s an expletive nightmare.
(Not to be confused with an executive nightmare, which is young Nigel possibly being told he shouldn’t use his dictafone in front of the junior typists).
We won’t concern ourselves with how the cables are to be fed behind the skirting board or who is going to decorate afterwards (it will all need decorating!). Those jobs have been dealt with elsewhere.
The problem is, screwing the metal back box in, or using plastic “plasterboard boxes” is impossible. The screws don’t bite and plastic boxes can’t be adapted . The wall can be “opened up” and a timber noggin fitted of course but you only want to fit a new “plug”, not demolish the bloomin house.
A botch is called for, that’s about the long and short of it! First, a hole way bigger than the socket is needed. Then with a couple of bricks for support, (if we’re just above the skirting), half a bucket of “bonding”, mixed with cement and a particular type of water, will seriously stick the metal box to the inside of the wall in about one minute flat! In fact if he dawdles, it will all set in the bucket.
The mix has to “go off” quickly, you don’t want to pay him to stand there holding it till it eventually goes hard do you?
It can then be plastered up, the face plate fitted and the jobs done and believe me it won’t be going anywhere any time soon!
(Notice I didn’t give you the magic “sticky” formula did you? We’re not a DIY site remember, we like builders to stay in work).
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