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How to accomodate for light and power switches with VJ panelling?

GingerNinja
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How to accomodate for light and power switches with VJ panelling?

So after plenty of posts getting tips a few things will happen this long weekend.

 

First is our single VJ wall. It's going over the existing wall in a new room. Will remove the skirting and go from there.

 

My question is that I have 4 switches - 2 light switches, 2 powerpoints. Power will be isolated in the house while I work on the wall so that I can remove the cover plates.

 

So you guys suggest I unscrew the plate from the C Clip, cut a small hole in the JV that will allow it to slide through, and then mount like that? I really cannot afford a $200+ visit from my sparky again to remove them entirely. 

 

Clearly I wont be actually relocating the points on the wall or mucking with them, purely removing the font plate so that I can slide them diagonally through the hole in the panelling to remount.

 

Thanks

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Hi @GingerNinja

 

I suggest leaving the covers on until it's time to install the panel on the wall that way nothing will be exposed while you work. I recommend taking all safety precautions when working with the power points. 

 

Here is a handy step-by-step guide: How to create a VJ feature wall

 

Let me tag our experienced members @MikeTNZ and @TedBear for their recommendations.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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TedBear
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Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Hi @GingerNinja ,  it would be unwise for anyone on the Workshop to recommend that you do your own electrical work, given that any error could be lethal.

If you are going to do it yourself, then at least buy a contact free mains tester such as 

https://www.bunnings.com.au/deta-ac-voltage-tester_p4420348

before proceeding. This will ensure that you have turned off the correct feed without having to actuallytouch anything. (Try it to see how it works before using.) Using the usual method of plugging in an appliance to see of its dead or not can be a trap if the mains has been wired incorrectly. It wouldn't be the first time that someone got zapped by that.  

GingerNinja
Junior Contributor

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Hi @TedBear the whole house mains will be turned off at the switchboard until complete as I thought that would be the safest and I also have one of these at home to double check. 

TedBear
Valued Contributor

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Great to hear that the safety aspects will be attended to.

The next issue will be that the wiring may not be long enough to allow the switches to come out through the new hole in order to be positioned on the panelling.

There isn't a lot of room in the mounting boxes to allow for extra wire. Let's hope that there is enough spare within the wall space to pull it through.

The hole will have to be (as I think you are imagining already) wide enough for the shortest edge to pass through, then be twisted into place.

I would make the holes as close as you dare to the switch's size, whilst allowing enough for the switch to still cover the hole and be held securely.

The larger hole will allow you to slide the switch through the panelling without having to pull it out too far.

Of course if you find that you have plenty of spare wire length, then you can use a smaller hole since you can then pull the switch right out before turning into position.    (If that doesn't make sense, try making a cardboard replica to see how you need to need to pull the whole switch out if the hole is small.)

 

GingerNinja
Junior Contributor

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Legend. Super helpful thank you

GingerNinja
Junior Contributor

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

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not paint but it all worked out well :smile:  thanks Eric. 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Hi @GingerNinja

 

Thank you so much for posting those assembly photos. Even if you haven't painted it yet, the Easycraft panels have already made a huge difference in your room. I'm glad you didn't have a difficult time with the power points. 

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to the big reveal!

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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Re: VJ Panelling this weeked

Hi @GingerNinja,

Just be aware that them non-contact type testers can be hit and miss, however, even with your mains switch turned off, there will still

be power at the tails that feed the energy metering, so you will still be able to confirm that the tester is reading correctly.

Now, I don't want to frighten anyone, but there have been some rare instances where (for whatever reason) the main switch does not open it's contacts when it is turned off.

Like I said, this is rare, but it pays to be aware of this.

 

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