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#123029 - 02/20/06 05:47 PM What's the bet......
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...that someone nearly had the life scared out of them when this occured:





Unreal!.
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#123030 - 02/20/06 06:28 PM Re: What's the bet......
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What happened to cause this?!
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#123031 - 02/20/06 08:21 PM Re: What's the bet......
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DAYUM!

dead short on a 220V plug????

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#123032 - 02/21/06 01:11 AM Re: What's the bet......
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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!

Alan
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#123033 - 02/21/06 01:59 AM Re: What's the bet......
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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 06:49 AM Re: What's the bet......
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At least they have a cool Phoenix motif on the wall now.

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#123035 - 02/21/06 07:11 AM Re: What's the bet......
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120 is good but 220 gives you even more bang for the buck.

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#123036 - 02/21/06 08:13 AM Re: What's the bet......
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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.

Alan

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#123037 - 02/21/06 08:27 AM Re: What's the bet......
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Whoa! 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!

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#123038 - 02/21/06 09:09 AM Re: What's the bet......
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Wow holy @#$%
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