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    Electrical Wall Switch Help

    Working on renovations, and got three wall switches like this one in the house - what if any country/standard are they from?

    Been asking a few mates but they are all mechanics and fabricators and have no clue.

    Wanting to swap all switches in the place with touch switches and smart switches.


    Hole in wall is about 90x90, faceplate is 115x110, and screw holes are 46 horizontal across and 85 vertical

    Thanks

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    Looks like bog-standard switches from the 1970s. PDL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Rider View Post
    Working on renovations, and got three wall switches like this one in the house - what if any country/standard are they from?

    Been asking a few mates but they are all mechanics and fabricators and have no clue.

    Wanting to swap all switches in the place with touch switches and smart switches.


    Hole in wall is about 90x90, faceplate is 115x110, and screw holes are 46 horizontal across and 85 vertical

    Thanks
    Take a switch into an an electrical supply outlet and ask for the fittings you want ... and fittings you need to install them. That type of switch is common throughout NZ.
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    Yeah I've attempted to track down an electrical supply place I can go into with some photos and face plate, but haven't found one that is open at hours I'm not working.

    Just the three are like this. All other sockets and plugs are the same as you'd get anywhere in NZ and same as my other two places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Rider View Post
    Yeah I've attempted to track down an electrical supply place I can go into with some photos and face plate, but haven't found one that is open at hours I'm not working.

    Just the three are like this. All other sockets and plugs are the same as you'd get anywhere in NZ and same as my other two places.
    Bunnings or Mitre10 might have what you want. Or know who will ... or just google electrical wholesalers for your area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    Bunnings or Mitre10 might have what you want.
    Nah, thats why I thought I'd ask here. They only have standard NZ fittings found in most homes. Common NZ size is 75 x 115, making them too small for where these ones are

    Might google wholesaler and see if they can help over email though
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    nz pdl switch from the era, you'll need an invoc adaptor plate as you can't buy wide switches any more, this will take it down to a single size, or patch up the gib around it and put a single flush box in. go to an electrical wholesaler for this and the switches, the hardware shops will not have what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    Take a switch into an an electrical supply outlet and ask for the fittings you want ... and fittings you need to install them. That type of switch is common throughout NZ.
    was common, no longer available

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    Thanks, thats more along the lines of the information I'm after

    Is invoc short for something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Rider View Post
    Thanks, thats more along the lines of the information I'm after

    Is invoc short for something?
    you got it made in nz and a better product than the other ones that do that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Rider View Post
    I doubt if one mounting box fits all switches. The various switches will have their own.

    R Redpath Limited are a South Island electrical firm I found quite useful. That wont help much if you're on the other island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    I doubt if one mounting box fits all switches. The various switches will have their own.

    R Redpath Limited are a South Island electrical firm I found quite useful. That wont help much if you're on the other island.
    I've been a sparky for 41 years, wanna lay a hundy on it? the pdl ones dont without a modification, but some guy in lower hutt designed this one so it will. remember, the walls you fir them on fit them all, why can't these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    I've been a sparky for 41 years, wanna lay a hundy on it? the pdl ones dont without a modification, but some guy in lower hutt designed this one so it will. remember, the walls you fir them on fit them all, why can't these?
    I stand corrected then ...
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    The only non "standard" wall boxes I have seen were for Ring-Grip "Champagne" series switches and sockets. Square rather than rectangular. Took a whole lot out of the house and replaced with standards.
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
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