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#144333 - 11/09/05 02:33 PM interesting fuse  
Lostazhell  Offline
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Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
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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 02:40 PM Re: interesting fuse  
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
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) [Linked Image]

#144335 - 11/09/05 05:17 PM Re: interesting fuse  
chipmunk  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 144
Southampton, UK
Just... YEOUCH.

It doesn't surprise me though, it works doesn't it [Linked Image]

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 06:24 PM Re: interesting fuse  
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
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 07:13 PM Re: interesting fuse  
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
5.56 go 'blap!' 81mm mortar go BOOM!
I blame the Drill Sergeant.


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#144338 - 11/09/05 09:47 PM Re: interesting fuse  
royal12136  Offline
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 20
Shasta Lake, CA USA
Look at this one from the same site.

#144339 - 11/10/05 07:11 AM Re: interesting fuse  
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
Conquered another one.

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

U.S. Marines.

#144340 - 11/10/05 04:25 PM Re: interesting fuse  
mxslick  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 803
Atomic City, ID USA
5.56 go 'blap!' 81mm mortar go BOOM!
I blame the Drill Sergeant.

GROAN....... [Linked Image]

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 04:36 PM Re: interesting fuse  
Texas_Ranger  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,402
Vienna, Austria
That one _hurts_! At least they could've taken something smaller and replaced the cover!

#144342 - 11/10/05 06:24 PM Re: interesting fuse  
gideonr  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 161
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
No, it's ok: the switch is in the off position. [Linked Image]

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