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#137491 - 07/09/03 07:49 PM PDL 30?
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Paul,
In the Safety Discussion Area, recently you were asking what a PDL 30 connector was.
I mucked up the code of this, it's actually a PDL 60 series of fittings that were used over here in domestic installations, during the 60's and 70's.
Here's a picture of a single socket-outlet, from this range.

These came with or without switches and some also had a ribbon(twin-lead) TV outlet below the socket.

[Edited to add pic URL]

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#137492 - 07/09/03 07:58 PM Re: PDL 30?
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Bill,
Is this picture OK?,
It's not too big is it?.
It's a bit out of focus!!.
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#137493 - 07/09/03 08:28 PM Re: PDL 30?
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Trumpy,

er ... Looks better if I squint ...
Just having some fun with you.

One suggestion, if you leave a blank line before and after the [img] code the words won't be so close to the picture.
Otherwise, you're doing fine.


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#137494 - 07/09/03 08:37 PM Re: PDL 30?
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Thank God,
I thought I needed to change my glasses again.

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#137495 - 07/10/03 02:36 AM Re: PDL 30?
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Cheers Bill!,
First pic from my camera I've posted.
Not a problem, with the extra line.
Sorry about the shock, George!.
I looked at it after I posted it and thought, MAN, that's big.
But, back to the topic at hand, these fittings are still around and have contributed to more than their fair share of Electrocutions.
The reason being, that the Earth has a couple of sprung brass contacts, that mate with the Earth pin when the plug is connected.
Long story short, over time, these spread apart, until finally the Earth pin of the plug makes no contact at all.
Then all you need is a faulty Earthed appliance connected and look out!.
BTW, chaps, as that socket-outlet is shown, in the pic, it is switched OFF!.


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#137496 - 07/10/03 03:03 AM Re: PDL 30?
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Glad you've got the camera working! I was going to ask if the switch worked the British way of up=off, but you beat me to it.

I think I'm right in saying that with the outlet oriented as shown the neutral will be the right-hand contact -- Correct?

That's the same as a British outlet (although ours are mounted ground up), but an American 120V receptacle oriented ground-down has neutral on the left.

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#137497 - 07/10/03 04:41 PM Re: PDL 30?
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Paul,
Yes, you're right about the phasing of this socket.
Also, (In VERY blurry writing) on each side of the Earth slot, it reads 240V 10A, but even drawing 7 or 8A out of these sockets, made them REAL warm.
And the switches, don't particularly like isolating Inductive loads either, there's only a gap(between the contacts) of about a mm when the switch is off!, I've had the odd late night phone call from elderly people, turning off the 2kW heater, before they go to bed, and the switch has thrown out sparks, with the heater switch still on.
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#137498 - 07/11/03 06:39 PM Re: PDL 30?
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Here's a light switch from this range:



These were rated at 5Amps and came in 1 and 2-way types, although I have never seen an Intermediate version of these switches.



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#137499 - 07/11/03 06:43 PM Re: PDL 30?
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My God, it's getting worse!, I can see this clearly, out on the street.
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#137500 - 07/12/03 02:28 AM Re: PDL 30?
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Yeah, that image is a little wide, but nevermind, we can see the switch!

Did these light switches suffer from similar quality problems as the receptacles, i.e. contacts weakening after a few years in service?

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