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Second Hand Extension Lead Photos

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by CAWORK, 16 Jun 2020.

  1. CAWORK

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    About a couple of weeks back, my parents picked up some things,including two extension leads, from outside a house down the road, with a sign 'Free to a good home'.

    The two extension leads are (obviously) not factory manufactured/assembled.

    They consist of standard 13A plugs, two core flex and two pin part connectors.

    I only just thought about taking photos after I had disassembled the first connector, of which one of the wires was hardly in it's terminal and the other one just pulled straight away (held by about a couple of strands, and the cord grip holding the inner conductors by the insulation, both conductors emerging from the outer casing of the connector cover.

    In both connectors, the wires were connected to the L&N terminals incorrectly (although I suppose this is 'Nit-Picking' really since after all, they are reversible connectors). In the 'Internal View' of the connector shown, you can see a faint N marking (just about) if you look carefully enough.

    Mind you, in the mid 2000s when an elderly relative was moving home, upon clearance of her house, we were given another 'Home Made' extension lead with a standard 13A plug, orange 2 core flex BUT with a 13A single trailing socket on the end - i.e. a 3 pin socket on the 2 core flex, alright for the double insulated lawnmower etc but...

    Thought I'd share this all with you but I am aware a lot of you must see/have seen these things many times over.

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  3. johnny2007

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    Unless i'm going blind I see no earth.
    In the bin it goes.
    (I mean the scrappy bin, the one that pays Christmas drinks)
     
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    Ideal for a lawnmower lol
     
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    Even without going blind, you would be fairly hard-pressed to "see an earth" in any 2-core flex :)

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    I think this was actually made like this. My dad still has one for his ancient black and decker hedge clippers. I seem to remember he had other things which also used this cable when I was a kid.
     
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  8. CAWORK

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    The connector itself is 2 pin only, therefore designed to be used with 2 core flex.

    I am pretty sure these 2 pin plug/connectors (whether sold with the plug and connector in the same packaging, or the plug and connector in individual packaging) are still available, if they aren't it must be relatively recently/recent-ish they were discontinued, since I purchased one from B&Q as recently as 2002.

    The reason I don't consider them to be actually 'Factory Assembled/Manufactured is due to the different manufacturer of the plugs and connectors, AND ultimately, as I explained above, the actual standard of wiring.

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    When I used to test pubs, an extension lead for the freezer made up by a regular was often an old two core lawn mower cable
     
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    Indeed they are ...

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    Kind Regards, John
     
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    What do you want for free? Thats a totally standard electric lawnmower lead from back before Chinese imports, electric mowers were cheaper and lighter than petrol mowers and were much easier to start (how spoiled we all are now with Honda engines- sling it in the shed in October, drag it out for first cut in March, 2 pulls & away. Not like the old Briggs & Stratton...).
    But I digress. Check all the way along the cable for nicks , do an IR test if you have a Megger handy, if good then remake the ends and you too can take your Flymo for a long walk (with an RCD at the power end).
    If you don't have any Class 2 garden appliances then give it to someone who does or weigh it in. Do not put a 13A socket on instead of the 2 pole thing.
    Oh yeah, might want a 5a fuse in the plug as well :)
     
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    Rare to see the old unsleeved pin 13A plugs now
     
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    RCD only required if you don't have one in the house already.
     
  15. CAWORK

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    Yes I am totally aware of these being (were) standard leads, although I tend to suspect that this is a 'homemade' version of the standard lead due to the poor wiring (as illustrated in the photos), and if it was a factory manufactured lead, I would expect both 13A plug AND connector to be from the same manufacturer and the same colour (I am aware items can get damaged and require replacement, although in practice probably a relatively rare occurrence).

    I have fully re-connected the ends into both plugs and connectors, the images shown are 'before' pictures.

    I am FULLY AWARE not to put a 13A socket on the end (see the latter part of my original post).

    My parents, who actually picked these extension leads up for their own use at their own home, have several Class 2 garden appliances.

    House TT Earthing, 16th Edition Installation Main 100mA T/D RCD, 30mA all sockets, workshops and outdoor lighting (outdoor lighting on independent circuit).

    CAWORK
     
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    You might want to do them a favour and put a new plug (with sleeved pins) on it...
     
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    Is that a new regulation, surely just a recomendation, there are many houses wired pre 16th regs with no Rcd protected sockets for outside use
     
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