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Posted by Rick on January 22, 2012, 2:57 pm
 


Of course, I wasn't thinking, the world is now such a localised place
because of the Internet.

I'm in the UK where we use a standardised 13A fused plug which is usually
connected to a 230 volt 30A ring main for ordinary household appliances,
with obviously heavier feeds for things like kitchen appliances such as
electric cookers and maybe bathroom 12KW electric showers, how do they
manage stuff like that stateside?

 


Posted by Han on January 22, 2012, 3:26 pm
 


What's a fused plug?
Apart from GFCI outlets, most houses now have 100-200Amp dual 120V service,
with circuit breakers geared to the circuits they serve, be it 15A 120V
circuits or more powerful, such as 240V air conditioners etc.

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Posted by Rick on January 22, 2012, 3:37 pm
 

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BS_1363>


Posted by Han on January 22, 2012, 6:57 pm
 

How can you live withose monstrosities?
<grin>

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Posted by Rick on January 22, 2012, 9:09 pm
 

Well the system was designed 70 years ago and had to confront a number of
different issues, such as severe postwar copper shortages and growing
concerns about safety, which still makes it one of the safest plugs
anywhere.

However for some reason size and aesthetics never appears to have entered
into the minds of designers and manufacturers over the years, that being
said however, some of the newer molded variety can be rather neat, also its
mechanical sturdiness does support multi-plug adapters and the ever
increasing number of modern day wall warts rather well;)




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