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Schuko Socket unearthed?

Discussion in 'Electrics Outside of the UK' started by chris1982, 9 Aug 2020.

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    Just touched a washing machine and got a slight tingle. I unplugged it and it looks to me like the Schuko socket misses the metal side bits for the earth. Is there such a thing? See photo.
     

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    I should add it is in Germany, late 1960s house, there is no third pin in the plug.
     
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    There will be one on the other side as well, and

    the corresponding on the plug.




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    Yes, there should be. But what might not have come out of the photo is that the earth thing on the socket is shy, so that it is not making contact with any normal plug.
    Is there a different type of plug that is meant to be used, or is the socket "broken"?
     
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    It's hard to tell from the picture.
    It could be broken but it's unlikely both sides are broken.

    Here is a new one:

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    If you are correct, then have the socket replaced.
     
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    That's what I thought. All the other sockets look fine, only one is odd. It's not my house but I tell the owners, family of mine, to get it looked at.
     
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    Meanwhile - can you use another socket for the WM; perhaps with an extension lead?
     
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    Good Idea!
     
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    It looks as though the Earth contact is not sticking up (or down) far enough.
    If you can test that there is actually an Earth connection there, can you also use something like a multi-meter probe to lift up the contact to provide more tension and, hence, a better connection.

    It would be a good idea to replace the Socket Outlet.
     
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    Thanks, I am not there any more but think you described well what I meant. I told the owners to get a local electrian in. I hope they do!
     
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