From: Bernd Pissny
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 11:25:00 +0200
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On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 13:53:50 GMT, Sponix@sponix.co.uk wrote:
>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!
We've got such safety "Schuko"s as well in europe.
They have an extra plate in front of the socket's holes which contains
a mechanism that has to be turned about 45 degrees to insert the plug.
Another common design is a mechanism that allows to only plug in
something when BOTH holes are used. Otherwhise, if force is only
applied to one of them, a mechanism will wedge and the holes don't
But at some age kids learn very fast how to use TWO screwdrivers at