Having lived through the age when every purchase of an electrical product
necessitated the immediate additional purchase of a mains plug before you
could use it, I now find myself unable to just throw re-useable plugs away.
As a result I have amassed a collection of around 13 or 14 of the damned
things. Anyone come up with any books of the '1001 uses for redundant mains
plugs' type? !!
I've just taken the plug off an old hair dryer my wife was throwing away.
She said, "Why have you done that?" I said, "Well it's got a good 13 amp
fuse in it." She replied, "Well take out the fuse and chuck the plug in the
bin, it's no use to anyone."
She's quite right of course - but what a waste!
How refreshing to read that - and realise I'm not alone! I've been doing
the same thing for decades - with the trivial concession that more recently
I've taken to cutting off the cable rather than go to the trouble of
actually unscrewing things. And I can't remember the last time I needed a
A lot of the monitors I get come with both UK and continental mains
leads - so spare 13A plugs are very useful to replace the furrin ones
and give working leads.
Why I need the leads is that I do a lot of work for charities and they
get donated computery stuff - but the donors never include the mains
The donors must have boxes of them in the store but I am always running
out and having to buy them..
With moulded on plugs being so common now - 13A rewireable plugs are
hard to come by, unfortunately.
So, Mrs UHoo is wrong, they are of use..
I keep them too. I also find that, at the hospital where I work, we end
up wiith piles of IEC leads. I suspect that they are kept when equipment
is scrapped but we usually seem to end up with a box of 20 or 30 of the
buggers. It got to the stage a few weeks back where I had to throw some
away. Those who know me would realise what a wrench that was.
I never throw old plugs away, even if I have replaced them on something
because it had an old plug without shrouds on the pins. I always put the
old pins in a box and take them to a scrap yard, or to the recycling
bins at the council tip, when I have collected a reasonable quantity.
By the way, your hair dryer should have 5 Amp fuse - or possibly 3 Amp,
depending on type - not a 13 Amp.
There's got to be a scrap value in those brass pins. I can remember the BBC
children's programme Blue Peter asking kids to send them in for recycling.
They did the same for redundant keys.
Now keys are another thing I collect, sad really, but only a few weeks ago
my neighbour was locked out of her house due to boyfriend taking keys with
him. I routed through my box and low and behold, found one to fit.
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