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#144333 - 11/09/05 10:33 AM interesting fuse
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
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"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: 1691
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: 144
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: 5316
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: 1803
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: 717
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: 803
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: 2391
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: 161
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
No, it's ok: the switch is in the off position.
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