I hope this thread isn't too old to revive.
Well, I'm one of the fortunate few (having wired my own extension cords since the age of 5 or 6); and indeed ironically seem to be way
more of an engineer than many of the newbies put in charge of recent standards amendments (which often end up taking costly and ineffective "shotgun" approaches, to problems that could be fixed properly
at lower cost with a better understanding).
The original standards themselves, developed from the beginning into the 1980s, were generally much
better thought-out from what I've gathered; and of course the biggest dangers are from junk which meets no
Even in my spare time, I can put current mainstream "reviews" (made of course by terminal
sufferers of the Dunning--Kruger effect) of simple items to shame
as you can see in my mini-review thread at Hardware Insights (where I'm a staff member):http://www.hardwareinsights.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2160
I also catch a lot
of junk just by astute observations, as you can see in my recalls thread there: http://www.hardwareinsights.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2279
Here's hoping that at least a few people will follow my example, so simple items can be held to the same high standards as more complex technology (and therefore become as trouble-free as they rightfully should be).