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Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 09:39:53 -0500
From: Rich Osman
Organization: Paranoia was Overcome
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
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> On Mon, 16 Sep 2002 02:37:10 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org
> (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. Prongs are screw-machined out of solid brass, not stamped out
> >of flimsy sheet metal.
> UK plugs are even safer as they have shuttered holes for both Live and
> It is easy to poke something into a Shuko socket and receive a shock!
All of the Schuko sockets I've seen have shuttered contacts.
It's easy to poke something into ANY socket, shuttered or not.
All of the standards have their advantages, but all are compromises. I don't
think that one standard has a significantly different injury record than another.
I'm not fond of the UK plug and fusing arrangement, but mostly because I find it
big and clunky. I've seen well made US plugs and scary Schukos. It's like
anything else, you get what you pay for.
The best idea that I've seen applies to all of the standards. The contact pin is
coated with insulation 4 or 5 mm from the plug body. I've seen UK, US, and
Schukos built this way.
Rich Osman; POB 93167; Southlake, TX 76092 (Near DFW Airport) ARS: N1OZ
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