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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 23:52:31 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 19:52:31 EDT
Bob Wilson wrote:
> North American plugs and sockets are the worst-designed crap in the world.
> Not only are they flimsy, they are dangerous. A bloody embarrassment!
I don't think our plug design is that bad. The problems are compatible poor
quality parts. Good plugs has solid blades, but cheapos have a sheet metal
folded over in two to make one prong and they're very vulnerable to bending and
it refuse to go into some cheap receps on surge protectors. The cheapest
American outlet has contacts made of hair-pin like metal. Folded in U, and
clips over plug. The hole becomes loose after you leave the plug in for a
long item or use it frequently.
> 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. Prongs are screw-machined out of solid brass, not stamped out
> of flimsy sheet metal.
Do you mean the two round prongs or three rectangular?
> I always thought it odd that UL and CSA force manufacturers to put endless
> amounts of safety related verbiage on their products, but still think our
> outmoded and dangerous AC plugs are just fine.
Basically, if the house doesn't burn down and you don't die, it's