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    Hi All,
    Looking for a quick bit of advice, I rent a place and in the master bedroom there's a PowerPoint on the wall at shoulder height, it extrudes about 6cm out from the wall. It's really in the way, how much should it cost to replace it with a standard 2 head power point that sits flush with the wall?
    And can this even be done?

    Cheers
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    The first thing to ask oneself is why is the powerpoint surface mounted and not cut in the wall. It could be that it was done not by an electrician and the person was not confident to cut the plasterboard. It could be that the wiring is also surface mounted to the wall. It could be that at that point the wall has many studs and the powerpoint can not be cut in.
    However, a powerpoint can be moved 99% of the time, so it is a simple job for the sparky.
    “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.”
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    Is the wall plasterboard or made of something like blocks or brick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joynz View Post
    Is the wall plasterboard or made of something like blocks or brick?
    If you are not sure of the answer to any of these questions, a photo or two may help!

    It seems, from the projection of 60 mm given, that the socket-outlet is surface mounted on a "block".

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    The building is cement but this is an internal wall and it appears to be timber frame with plasterboard.

    The powrer point is mounted on the timber stud, directly below it 5cm off the ground is another poorer point that is flush with the wall, so I'm not sure why this one is extruding.. As seen in photo


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    The easy answer is ... someone mounted a TV stand and the power point was hiding behind the TV. It is easier to do it that way, however just as easy to rectify.
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    I couldn't imagine the home owner will be willing to pay any extra cash to make this look pretty for a rental.

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    If you really want the change offer to pay for it yourself.

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