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#145346 - 04/23/06 03:31 AM Temp Power Stories
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2332
Loc: Vienna, Austria
I just wanted to share a few stories about temporary power for a good laugh/scare
Last week I went to an old house in the area that they're basically gutting. The old service had been underground, a pillar at the fence, cable running through the yard to the main fuse on the facade. From the pillar everything had been disconnected. A new cable ran out of the pillar through a hole in the back, to a small red box with some Schuko and red CEE receptacles. I doubt there is a meter anywhere. Ground? Well, a ground rod sticks out of the ground a good 1m or even more, with a long 25mm2 ye/gn wire running to the red box...

EC gets called to put in a new riser in a 1900 apartment building and rewire the stairway lighting. (Company where I worked for a month last summer). Of course no receptacles to be seen in the stairway and basement. So what does the foreman do? Looks into the ground floor main fuse box (every floor has a box with main fuses for every apartment), finds a set (hot and neutral) of unused 25A Diazed fuses (pre-meter). Has me go to the basement for two 50cm pieces of 1.5mm2 conduit single (Ye), colors don't matter, and to the car for: two big strip connectors and two 25A fuses...
Proceeds to screw the strip connectors to the pins of the extension cord Schuko plug, put the 1.5mm2 wires into the other end and hook up everything to the 25A fuses. Then close the steel door of the fuse box, squeezing in the cord for strain relief.

Think I already sent in a picture of the classic way... squeeze stranded wire into the threads of the Diazed fuses...

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#145347 - 04/25/06 02:50 AM Re: Temp Power Stories
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I suppose using strip connectors onto the plug pins is at least a step up from just wrapping the conductors and taping them on!

Jamming bare wires into the holes with the plug of another appliance was a favorite trick here, along with the matchstick trick, as demonstrated here:

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#145348 - 04/25/06 03:28 AM Re: Temp Power Stories
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2332
Loc: Vienna, Austria
Probably you're right...
I saw another nice thing. Cord with Schuko trailing socket and French plug. Strip connectors on the pins, connecting to a short length (15cm) of 2x0.75mm2 cord with molded Euro plug...


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