You don't want to be put off DIY because of the pressure of getting it wrong, or even worse, accidentally drilling into something and putting yourself in danger.
We all know that actually starting the job can be the hardest part but by following these simple steps, you can eliminate any fear of hitting an electric cable before you start any drilling and get those DIY jobs around your house DONE.
Worry free DIY.
Here's what you need to do:
Firstly, look above, below and then side to side from the place that you are wanting to drill.
Is there a plug socket?
If the answer is yes, go to your fuse box and isolate the "sockets" so that they are switched OFF.
You can also do the same for light switches if there is one in line with where you want to drill.
TIP: Plug something into the socket (a lamp is ideal) and then turn the lamp on.
At the fuse box, isolate the sockets and then make sure the lamp goes off. Now you know the power is isolated to that socket.
You can watch a video about how to isolate power at your fuse box here:
When the socket is isolated, unscrew the front plate using a small flat head screwdriver or whatever the screw heads require.
Carefully pull the front of the socket away from the wall and look at where the wires are coming from.
If the cables come into the socket from above (like in the photo) they will run vertically up the wall.
If this was where you wanted to drill, make sure you now adjust your measurements.
Measure a minimum of 5cm away from the sides of the socket to allow for the cables and then you can safely drill there.
It is very unusual to have cables running anything other than vertically in a wall.
Kitchen cables run horizontally because they connect the sockets above your kitchen worktop and they can come from behind or above the cupboards too and run vertically. Knowing this tip, you can apply the same principles by having a look inside the sockets.
If the cables come into the socket from below and run downwards they will likely be going under your floor.
If this is the case, you can confidently drill above this kind of socket without any worries.
This picture shows an example of how we were able to hang a shelf directly above a socket as we checked which way the cables ran first and they went downwards.
Safety first is always our motto but with these TOP TIPS you can confidently do DIY in your own home.
If in doubt always contact a professional.
Thanks for reading and as always feel free to share.
The DIY Doers