From: Daniel Haude
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: 16 Sep 2002 07:51:29 GMT
Organization: stoptrick: animated films
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On Mon, 16 Sep 2002 02:37:10 -0000,
Bob Wilson wrote
| Take a look at the European "Schuko" plugs (their AC plugs) if you want to
| see how a plug and socket should be made. They are solid, well made, and
| unlike AC plugs here, it is absolutely impossible to touch the prongs when
| they are live.
...and they have a price tag like the US industrial grade parts (as quoted
by the previous poster). They are not always as easily mounted as you make
it sound though.
"Schuko", by the way, is an abbreviation for "Schutzkontakt" (protection
contact). There used to be outlets that were just two holes in the wall,
much like US outlets, without any Earth connection. The Schuko sockets
have the holes on a recess, the Earth connection being provided by a
couple of clamp-like prongs inside the recess. I don't know if the term
"protection contact" means that the prongs are protected against
accidental touch, or if it designates the added earth contact.
Like so often, the Swiss system is even better though. Just as safe, also
compatible with the non-grounded cheapo "Euro plug" (machined brass my
ass), and a lot more compact.
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