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We moved to Ireland with the notion of building our "dream" home in May 2007 after purchasing the site earlier on that year. Mr C is Irish and originally from Limerick but he remains in the UK during the week, his job is running www.cruise.co.uk and earning the bucks that will hopefully allow us to "live the dream."

It's taken us almost two years but ground will be broken on the site by the end of May 09!! A lot of blood, sweat & loads of tears (all mine!) have gone into this project already, we left a fabulous house behind in Newcastle...and now for my Kevin McLeod bit, "can the new build can live up to my expectations and the old house we left behind"? I'm not sure...keep watching my blog and you'll find out!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What every girl loves....shopping for sockets & data points!!

On my never ending list of things to do is to specify the sockets for the house.  Michael my electrician has made up this kind of sample board (see my pic below) which shows my room thermostats for the underfloor heating controls (there is one in EVERY room) and the QBUS switches for my lighting control system, along with a couple of samples of sockets.

The room thermostats and the QBUS switches come in a brushed steel "effect" finish and are both rather similar in appearance, so am searching for sockets with a brushed chrome or stainless steel finish and preferably 'screwless'.

Does anyone else out there think sockets are just damn ugly?  does anyone else even care?.....(note to self  "get out more"! )

Anyway the best of the bunch so far for me are also the most expensive (isn't that always the way?) and are not shown on the sample board, they are from the GET Ultimate Range and have the winning combination of being both screwless & flatplate.


80 X Twin switched socket

12 X Single switched socket

10 X 2 mod tv point

10 X 1 mod rj 45 data point

8 X 2 mod rj 45 data point

5 X 2 gang shaver socket

10 X 4 gang face plate

10 X 4 gang module grid

40 X Rj 45 module insert

19 X 5 amp lamp socket

10 X Switched spur c/w neon ( or not )

3 X 45 amp connection unit

4 X external socket ( c/w timer should client prefer )

5 X speaker connection plate

1 X central speaker community faceplate (1 no. 5 way )

16 X 2 gang faceplate c/w retractable or removable door*

this fixture should allow items such as scart leads to be inserted and removed via a flush trunking.

I've emailed this list off to a few suppliers over the weekend, so hopefully should start to get some quotes back tomorrow (and hopefully within my budget...?!!)

1 comment:

  1. Oh they look heaps more glamorous than the ones I have. I loathed that task hence the unglamorous sockets gracing my walls. I was more obsessed with door furniture and light fittings. I hear you on the sockets! Good luck! A-M xx


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