Thanks Paul. I've left the site transformer well alone. Everything works just great - my main concern was that they were nominally 110V but would drop below that under load. I reckon that if they've reduced electrocutions on British job sites to near zero, they're good enough for my workshop as is!
It does make the sideways way-around issue a moot point here as there's 60V on each leg. Nevertheless, in the States - if it needed to be sideways - I would have mounted the socket 'grounded' side up as I have in the workshop here.
Ground on top has always seemed the most natural to me - it makes for a natural triangle like mountains or pine trees. I have just got back from a visit to Outer Mongolia - ECN report in prep.
- where they use my proposed international socket configuration. Remember that from long ago?! Like Oz but earth pin up - Mongolia leads the world!
Sven, I worked out that my camcorder charger is now on its fourth plug. It was born with a 2-pin Europlug but when I purchased it new in South Africa I replaced it with a standard South African round 3-pin. It received a NEMA 1-15 plug in the USA and now sports a BS 1363. What next I wonder?
[This message has been edited by Hutch (edited 06-20-2006).]