on 03-03-2013 10h54 - last edited on 03-03-2013 11h40 by StephanieG
I suppose the title says it all but i have been updating all the sockets and switches in my home with the crabtree range from B&Q. Last week i did the secondary phone socket and it went fine.
Yesterday i purchased a master telephone socket - interior from B&Q thinking it would be easy, but as soon as i had a proper look at my master socket in the hall i started to have doubts.
I'm not sure of the master sockets code number but it's a BT openreach type with the front cover which upon removal gives you the main socket.
Below is a link to what i bought, is it possible to replace the mani BT box, is it wise to and is it legal to?
Appologies for not knowing the actual BT socket number, i hope i have supplied enough info. Appreciate any help.
on 03-03-2013 12h22
Hi and welcome to the forum.
I am afraid that you cannot replace that openreach socket as it is owned by them.
on 03-03-2013 12h23
Thanks for the reply Dave
This might sound like a daft question but if you can't replace them why do suppliers sell replacement master sockets?
on 03-03-2013 12h35
They obviously dont know the rules and regs regarding that main socket, It is also possible to use that type of phone socket that B and Q sell on internal phone systems where openreach do not have the monopoly.
03-03-2013 13h02 - edited 03-03-2013 13h03
'Last daft question
Is it not possible to use it even if i requested openreach to officially change it?'
No, they won't come out and change it. Obviously they can't actually stop you from changing it but be warned if you ever had to call Openreach out for a fault the Engineer would replace it with an NTE5a as they have to per procedure.
Oh, and they may then charge you for having to replace a none standard Openreach NTE.
on 03-03-2013 14h26
Do whatever you want, your house. If you really want to use a different type of NTE/LJU then do it. Just make sure you keep the Openreach one to hand if you ever have to call them out be sure to change it back.
on 03-03-2013 20h57
Might be easier to get Banksy to pop in and paint the master to look like the others.
on 04-03-2013 20h34
Its not illegal, just against the terms of service. You can rip the socket out, or replace it with a non standard one. If you ever get a fault with it, they may charge if the socket is the cause of the problem.