The socketandswitchbead is designed to to make easy work of a difficult stage of the building process. When plasterboard is badly cut and it is difficult to achieve a good finish, the bead can be used to restablish a good edge.
The bead also provides a protective barrier from potentially live connections to a level of ip 55, keeping the cables contained within clean and safe.
The socketandswitch bead can be easily painted over without any need to brush around as a roller or spray can pass straight over. When the paint is dry a hook blade can be used to cut out the centre section which reveals a perfectly flat and reinforced plastic edge, no more easily damaged edges.
The bead is injection moulded from FR polypropylene which is flame retardant and recyclable .
The bead can be used on new work or retrofit.
If the line of the bead needs to be bought out at all, when used in a float and set situation, or where it is necessary to retain a intumescent seal across open voids, I recommend the use of vexboxes.
It is advised that the bead is to be fitted by the electrician or main contractor after boarding /tacking has taken place. The electrician should return to site and retrieve all of their cables, then terminate with chocblocs or wago connectors. The electrician can then safely perform all of the insulation /continuity/earth fault loop impedance tests while there are fewer other trades people on site. This will also allow any faults to be discovered before any plastering has taken place, removing the need for any making good and increasing productivity.
If the backbox is within 10mm of the finish surface, the bead can simply be put over the backbox then stapled in place. If the backbox is deeper than 10mm from the finish surface then it is advised that the screw indentations on the front of the bead be pushed through and socket screws used to correctly locate the bead to the backbox. It will then ready to be plastered to.
The plasterer will be happy as there is a raised surface to work to and instead of 4 separate trowel movements it now only requires one. The painters can now pass a roller straight over the bead again in only one pass.
When the work is dry the electrician can return and cut out the centre sections and put on the faces / lights having already completed the tests and with no annoying faults to rectify.
This is an example of what can be acheieved using the new socket andswitch bead.
A strong, clean, reinforced edge that sits perfectly flat. Ideal for flatplate or glass faced sockets and switches.
Dirty cables /dusty edges/ irregular sides possibly live and dangerous cables, difficult to fill and generally a poor quality finish.
"excellent, simple but effective" "one word, innovation" "brilliant idea, should be compulsory"
"brilliant, gives a great finish and cuts out the need for patching around"
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A typical dangerous situation for a plasterer to overcome.
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