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#144333 - 11/09/05 10:33 AM interesting fuse
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...

"A staff sergeant sent us this one from Iraq. He was doing a safety inspection and was checking the outlet where Marines were plugging in a microwave oven."

(found at

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#144334 - 11/09/05 10:40 AM Re: interesting fuse
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City

Here is the link to the picture.

It's a drill-bit stuck into the fuse holder of a 13-amp British plug (BS 1363 type)

#144335 - 11/09/05 01:17 PM Re: interesting fuse
chipmunk Offline

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 142
Loc: Southampton, UK
Just... YEOUCH.

It doesn't surprise me though, it works doesn't it

I am not sure of the wiring arrangements in Iraq but I know that *somewhere* 13amp sockets and plugs are used without fuses, due to 10 amp breakers in the distribution board, had a bunch of the cords turn up while I was working for a university.

I guess when your daily life includes the threat of being blown up by insurgents, electrical safety doesn't bother you.

Interesting to see the 15amp roundpin right next to the 13 amp flat pin outlet though.

#144336 - 11/09/05 02:24 PM Re: interesting fuse
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Could have been worse...looks like a 5.56 round would also be the "right" size...with a dramatic 'overload indication." BOOM!

#144337 - 11/09/05 03:13 PM Re: interesting fuse
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
5.56 go 'blap!' 81mm mortar go BOOM!
I blame the Drill Sergeant.

Wood work but can't!

#144338 - 11/09/05 05:47 PM Re: interesting fuse
royal12136 Offline

Registered: 10/29/05
Posts: 20
Loc: Shasta Lake, CA USA
Look at this one from the same site.

#144339 - 11/10/05 03:11 AM Re: interesting fuse
George Corron Offline

Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 728
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Conquered another one.

"When it ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, MUST be destroyed overnight"

U.S. Marines.

#144340 - 11/10/05 12:25 PM Re: interesting fuse
mxslick Offline

Registered: 10/24/04
Posts: 785
Loc: Atomic City, ID USA
5.56 go 'blap!' 81mm mortar go BOOM!
I blame the Drill Sergeant.


Let' just hope no one gets bit!

[This message has been edited by mxslick (edited 11-10-2005).]
Stupid should be painful.

#144341 - 11/10/05 12:36 PM Re: interesting fuse
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2349
Loc: Vienna, Austria
That one _hurts_! At least they could've taken something smaller and replaced the cover!

#144342 - 11/10/05 02:24 PM Re: interesting fuse
gideonr Offline

Registered: 12/18/04
Posts: 152
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
No, it's ok: the switch is in the off position.

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