I have a very old socket that is working intermittently. It has all but fallen apart today so I want to replace it with a new socket but the wires are black, green, red and white - not the colours I am used to. The far end of the lead is plugged in to the master socket with the usual plug and as it goes through several walls and upstairs I don't really want to have to replace the cable as it seems to be OK. Can anyone help please?
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You only need to connect terminals 2 & 5 of the IDC terminal block of the new socket to the wires that were in the same numbered terminals of the old socket. Were they numbered? I make it the WHITE & RED wires. The other wires should be neatly cut off as close to the block as possible, with no overhang or "tails" showing.
However I don't recognise the old socket, maybe because of its angle or its damage. It appears to be a phone socket combined with a terminal block, which I've not seen before. Have you a photo of the whole thing?
I think what you have there with the old "socket" is not a socket at all but a telephone extension cable.
Thank you for all this help, it's really appreciated.
Yes, it's for a telephone and answer phone in my kitchen.
Test it works with just terminals 2 & 5 before cutting back the others. It should do.