3 minute details of kitchen electric sockets and piping that decorators might forget to remind you about

A friend of mine looked troubled despite the recent success in purchasing a new flat. Turns out his worries stemmed from the renovation. According to the press, the Hong Kong Custom has handled cases in which renovations started with low fee, yet eventually escalated to HK$800,000 due to separate fee for each electrical sockets.

My friend is concerned if he would have a similar experience in his kitchen renovation, especially for installation of electrical sockets and piping. Below are a few recommendations:

1. Plan the Number of electrical sockets in your kitchen according to your needs in electrical appliances

Inadequate number of electrical sockets is one of the common challenges that each kitchen faces. Kitchen has quite a number of power-consuming appliances like ovens and kettles which may require an individual socket or even independent circuit for power. Our recommendation is to first count the number of constantly-plugged appliances such as electrical stove, washing machines etc, and add two to three more sockets for other appliances.

2. Better allocation of electrical sockets

Once you have counted the number of the needed sockets, discuss with your decorator on socket locations. The quickest way is to measure length of wirings and estimate the distance between sockets and where the appliances will be placed. For instance, general length of the wiring of electrical stove is around 1.3 meter,and a socket should be installed nearby.

3. What should we pay attention to while installing piping?

Remember to plan for hot water supply pipes in case hot water is needed in the kitchen. The majority tends to extend the hot water supply from bathrooms, subject to its distance from the kitchen. In case the two are too far apart, an alternative could be installing kitchen-use instant electric water heater.

Also, reserve at least 10 cm space between pipes of hot and cold water supply to prevent interference on insulation function. For long distance pipe installation, ensure using big pipes with small branches to avoid water pressure issues.

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