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#115219 - 08/26/03 11:43 AM Outback Power Point  
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Here's something borrowed from our Non-US area. It goes to show that Bad ol' ingenuity knows no boundaries ...

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#115220 - 08/27/03 01:12 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Posts: 112
Oh my God.....


#115221 - 08/27/03 01:41 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
pwood  Offline
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castella,calif usa
it's you all listed! [Linked Image]

#115222 - 08/27/03 07:37 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Posts: 60
Los Angeles, CA, USA
'Burn marks where the earth and active shorted, possibly when first installed.'

The built this sucker LIVE? Holy mackerel! [Linked Image]

#115223 - 08/27/03 11:19 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Milwaukee, WI
...called to see why [it] wasn't working...

I'd be interested to know why it was working!

it's you all listed!


#115224 - 09/10/03 01:46 AM Re: Outback Power Point  
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SI,New Zealand
The Choice of a New Generation, eh?. [Linked Image]
The scary thing about this whole saga, is that had that piece of Aluminium not shorted inside the Outlet and blown the fuse, this socket would probably be in use today!. [Linked Image]
Another scary aspect of this socket is what would the associated isolator switch (which all our Outlets are required to have Down Under here) look like?, had one been added.

Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#115225 - 09/10/03 05:53 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Norfolk, England
You're required to have switched receptacles in both Australia and New Zealand?

They're the accepted norm in Britain in residential installations, but not required.

Thumb tacks and paperclips make quite effective switches, by the way! [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 09-10-2003).]

#115226 - 09/10/03 08:42 PM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Milwaukee, WI

Do you mean that each outlet has a corresponding wall-switch, in addition to the circuit breaker?

#115227 - 09/11/03 12:26 AM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Posts: 782
Oradell NJ USA
Back in 1986 I took a trip to Australia. Noticed that most all outlets had an intergral switch built in. However, you could still insert or remove a plug with that switch in the
"on" position. Which made it seem rather pointless as a safety thing.

#115228 - 09/11/03 07:05 AM Re: Outback Power Point  
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Norfolk, England
The integral switch is a common British/Commonwealth trait. Here's a U.K. version (remember our switches are up=off!):
[Linked Image]

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