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Wattage wiring

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Docta teef, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Docta teef

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    Just received a wattgate i bought off ebay with a view to building my own power cable howeverthe assembly instructions are for wiring a green wire a white wire and a black wire can anyone translate to english for me?
     
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    I'd have to ask what a wattage is other than a rating for electrical products?
     
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    I'd suggest that green is earth, white is neutral and live is black? Although I'd let somebody who knows confirm that!!! ;)
     
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    You need to remember that the Wattgate is an american product,and the wiring instructions are aimed at that market.

    This link may help in clearing up your query...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_AC_power_plugs_&_sockets

    It shows the US and equivalent wiring colours and conventions.

    Baldrick,although you've said it's best to confirm,and although you are in fact correct in your suggestions,it's probably best not to make suggestions where potentially lethal voltages are concerned.
     
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    Technically voltages aren't lethal, it's the amps that kill you and then only if you grab ahold of the bare wire (in my experience of not being killed)!!!! :)

    If I'm right in thinking, the 3 phase colour codes in the UK have changed and the red, blue and yellow live phases have been replaced with black, brown and silver, with a white neutral. Definately black has gone from being neutral to being a live phase which obviously is a real pain for sparkies who have spent their entire working lives knowing black as neutral!!!
     
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    Cheers that appears to wrap it up, its how i thought it would be but not the kind of thing you want to be wrong about
     

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