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#123029 - 02/20/06 09:47 PM What's the bet......  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,211
SI,New Zealand
...that someone nearly had the life scared out of them when this occured:

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Unreal!. [Linked Image]

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#123030 - 02/20/06 10:28 PM Re: What's the bet......  
Hemingray  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 199
Lehigh Acres, FL
[Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] What happened to cause this?!


#123031 - 02/21/06 12:21 AM Re: What's the bet......  
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Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,428
Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
[Linked Image] [Linked Image] DAYUM! [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

dead short on a 220V plug????

#123032 - 02/21/06 05:11 AM Re: What's the bet......  
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
That's a British 13A plug and twin switched socket, [receptacle], 230v, and a Breadmaking machine. Is this NZ? Oz?- That tiled and lipped countertop is rarely seen in Britain. Both plugs [caps] are not the 'factory-moulded' ones; it looks like the cover has separated from the plug body if you notice how much thicker the undamaged plug is. There's a fuse in the cap assembly, max 13A, so this has to have been bypassed if the short was in the cap. I've seen this sort of thing once before, but in that case the inner receptacle 'bus bar' strips linking the two outlets had been damaged to dead short by overenthusiastic slamming of the plug into the socket. Actually it was a friend of mine: he kicked the plug in with his boot when his wife said she couldn't use the Hoover! Boy, did he get a surprise!


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#123033 - 02/21/06 05:59 AM Re: What's the bet......  
RODALCO  Offline
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 854
Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Wauwww, must have been a good bang all right.

Alan is right, this is the 13 Amps U.K. plug used on the 240 Volts mains overthere.

Also the plug top is missing or was blown up, hopefully the one who plugged it in has all his fingers.

These sockets are quite often fed from a 30 Amps ringmains, so if no 13 Amp fuse was fitted in the plug a lot of power is available for a blowup as seen on these photo's.

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#123034 - 02/21/06 10:49 AM Re: What's the bet......  
rad74ss  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 156
Pryor, OK USA
At least they have a cool Phoenix motif on the wall now.

#123035 - 02/21/06 11:11 AM Re: What's the bet......  
Dave T  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 155
Waukesha, WI, USA
120 is good but 220 gives you even more bang for the buck.

#123036 - 02/21/06 12:13 PM Re: What's the bet......  
Alan Belson  Offline
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Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
Second look- it's a moulded plug, you can just see the tail of the moulding at the cord exit. The fuse in these is easy to bypass, prise-out the plastic cover and voila! room for a nice bit of 1/4" studding. This is a DIY kitchen, see the recep too close to the cold tap [faucet] and the poorly laid out tiling spacing at the window reveal.


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#123037 - 02/21/06 12:27 PM Re: What's the bet......  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Whoa! [Linked Image] That's some blackened area.

What's the odds on this being a house near a large xfmr with a very high PSCC? Probably an old rewireable 30A fuse for the ring as well.

Or maybe even the 30A fuse had been bypassed with a chunk of wire! [Linked Image]

#123038 - 02/21/06 01:09 PM Re: What's the bet......  
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Posts: 69
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
Wow holy @#$%


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