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Europlug wiring config?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Gordon @ Convergent AV, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

    Gordon @ Convergent AV
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    Doing a mains lead for someone. Have a Euro plug but not wiring config on it. Anyone know which pin is which?


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    As far as i understood it the product knows which line is live and which is neutral so it shouldn't matter.

    Put it this way i have bodged euro plugs into our uk wall sockets many times and i have never paid attention to pin alignment.

    I ran my 3300 in the living room for several months with the euro plug pushed into the wall.

    Cheers

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    Better safe than sorry.. Anyway I used an adaptor and buzzed through with voltmeter to check config.

    Hey, Just think ho wmuch better your DVD would have been if you'd got it the right way around!
    ;)

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    I guess thats why it sounded better when we compared it both ways round.

    Never thought i would see the day when i could say that a figure of eight lead sounded better one way round than other.

    God, i'm turning into a tweaky :(
     
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    With that garage, you are way beyond tweaky.:devil:
     
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    Guilty as charged. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

    As of next Friday i will have another X3 ELS in the family again :)

    That will distract me from the garage for a bit!!!

    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
  7. Gary Lightfoot

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    With AC electricity, the polarity changes 50 times a second anyway - it's a sine wave (Alternating Current), so it shouldn't matter which way round live and neutral are should it? :)

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    yes the polarity is changing but neutral is at or very close to the earth potentiall,so the possibiaty of a shock from neutral to earth are very low, if the fuse was in the neutral and blew (due to old age or surge, shorts to earth would generally kill the live fuse) or a single pole switch was placed in the neutral and turned off,then the load could actually still be live upto the break in the neutral.things get even more fun on 3 phase unbalanced loads as the neutral carries the out of balance currents ,you dont want to complete the neutral path on these circuit with your body as it hurts like hell.
     
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    I agree with what you say - my comments were tongue in cheak (hence the smilie). :)

    Earth and neutral are bonded at the generator station, so they should be about the same potential at the consumer unit (hence the need to dis the neutral for IR testing), but you'll find many double insulated appliances (no earth) will have a figure eight style connector, and you can plug it in either way - there's no key for correct orientation.

    In those cases, it shouldn't make any difference which way round you connect it.

    Gary.
     

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