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Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

Our landlord recently renovated our kitchen....fantastic, but sadly lacking in power sockets, which means we have a largish area where we can't plug anything in.

Landlord has said we can install a new power outlet, providing it is "in the wall" (i.e, no wires running down the outside), and at our own expense. The wall in question is completely hollow and there is the power socket for the refrigerator hidden at the back of one of the drawers....

...my completely naive eye tells me it should be an "easy" job of making a small hole and threading the wiring, but then again I know absolutely nothing about it. So:

1. Does this require an electrician, or will a good handyman suffice?

2. Can anyone recommend someone who can help, or can help us themselves?

3. Will this be ridiculously expensive - more like 100 chf or closer to 500?

4. Do all electricians / handymen charge a fee for a quotation? (we had one come to install our light fittings who charged a call-out for the quotation, even though he did the job during the same visit)
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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

If you are renting, the wise thing would be to ask your landlord to recommend an electrician.

This may not be the least expensive way to go about it, but given that your landlord has to approve the work done and could potentially make a fuss if something isn't quite to his liking using his guy is likely the safest route.

Not all companies charge for quotes, but it is becoming more and more common. Ask up front to avoid surprises.
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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

Thanks Meloncollie.

The rental agent has already visited and given approval so long as it is internally and not externally-wired.

At the moment we don't have a microwave because the only logical place to put it (without taking up all other usable benchtop space) doesn't have a socket nearby....so exploring whether or not it is worth it in terms of cost.
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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

Would it not be posible to make a photo of where you would like the new socket, it would make it so much simpler, to give you an idea of what you could do.

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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

Good idea Big Mara!....here you go.

Here is a picture....the red circle shows were their is an existing power socket (back of drawer under fridge) and the red square show (approximately) where we would like one.

The wall with the red square on it is a "false" wall (i.e. hollow).

P.S. Just realised that you cant see the red circle....but the plug is just visible at the back of the drawer.

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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

First 3 questions.
You say its a false wall, do you mean it is a hollow wall with a room on the other side, or is it a plasterboard wall, covering another wall?

If it is a hollow wall, is there not a socket in the other room near to your requirements?

Are the plinths (or footboards) on the kitchen removable and from what are the plinths on the corner of the wall?

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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

Not sure about the plinths on the kitchen unit (will have to check tonight), but the plinth on the corner of the wall is tiled in so not removable

There is no room on the other side of the wall, it is just a plasterboard wall with a hollow space behind it, then a stonewall.

The closest power socket is on the other side of the kitchen, across the stovetop, so can't hang a cable over that... next closest option is about 5 metres away around a lot of bends, two rooms away!
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Re: Electrician / Handyman in Fribourg

If the plinths on the kitchen unit are not fix, it could be posible to take a cable over to the other wall.

65mm hole for the new socket, a 40mm hole under the kitchen unit.
Now a hole from under the draw unit to under the fridge unit.
Once you are under fridge unit the rest is easy.

A little tip. If you put a 2 way adapter in your fridge socket. This would allow you to use a handyman.
If you make a fix conection you need a sparky. If you just plug it in like an extention, you can do it yourself.

For a sparky this would take I think about 2hrs = Fr 200 + Socket, plug and cable.

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