What's wrong with drying your hair in the shower? Isn't that where it
gets the wettest?
When my father wanted to put more outlets in my bedroom about 1953, he
was not cheap and I'm sure he hired an electrician. The electrician
drilled a hole just above the baseboard from their walk-in closet and
ran lampcord along the top of it to two surface-mount outlets in my
room, plugged into my parents' room.
I'm dying to go back there and see if it's still wired that way 57
years later. I wouldn't be surprised. And I'll bet it hasn't caused
any problems, either.
There's too much other stuff to do, like tweeting and Usenet.
AFAIK, AFCI's have never been required or used in bathrooms, which
code requires GFCI.
I agree. Also, I don't see the big beef about putting a GFCI in a
They are cheap and cost less today in real dollars than they did 30
ago. I'll bet if you found out the incremental cost of adding the
very small compared to the overall cost of the unit. And if it makes
safer, I don't see any real issue. New homes have GFCIs. But think
about some little kid living in some cheap, old housing, with
parents that aren't too bright....
In the US and Canada the insulation is rated at 600 volts because we
use 120 for our outlets except things like a dryer or stove. In the UK
the insulation is rated at 1,000 volts because they are using 250 for
outlets. I like my smaller space saving plugs better. ^_^
On Sat, 09 Apr 2011 10:52:47 -0500, The Daring Dufas
It is amazing isn't it how big they are. Most of ours are a trifle
bigger than the minimum. I have devices that can plug in 3 items side
by side in about an inch and a half.
BTW, I got my first 240 volts shock a couple months ago. With the old
electric stove that needed the thermostat, I'd taken off the back
cover to look at the stat, then not put it back on when I pushed the
oven back into place, to continue using the top burner. When I went
to pull it out again, it was hard to find a place to get the right
grip on it until BINGO! Definitely more than 110. No burn on my hand
in either case.
(I had had 2000 about 30 years ago. From a tv. I ended up across the
room with my shoulder dislocated for the first time in 10 years.)
Target has a kit with 5 different adapters for $8. Made by Embark.
Each adapter has a list of countries/regions where they will work
written on the adapter.
They also carry an Embark All-In-One converter/adapter for $30. It's
one unit that contains a converter and "slide-out" prongs so you can
choose the configuration you'll need.
I bought both, but I'll be returning the converter since she won't be
I'll warn her about the pick-pockets, although for the most part
she'll be traveling with "adult supervision", even though she's 18.
She'll be spending most of her time with the family of the girl that
stayed with us last fall. Still, proper warnings will be issued.
I have both and travel internationally extensively. The slide out prong unit is
mildly useful if you are travelling through multiple countries as it saves you
from having to keep track of the baggie with 10 separate plug adapters. It's
large though, so it can block other outlet.
If you are just going to one country you're better off buying a couple of the
single plug adapters, but they are usually sold in a set.
I haven't used a transformer in years as the hotels I stay at tend to have them
in the room and the eletronics I carry is pretty much rated for 120/240.
On Sat, 9 Apr 2011 06:36:11 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Yes, they sometimes sell plug adapters at dollar stores, for a dollar.
If not, at luggage shops for much more, or the luggage department of
depeartment stores, or by mail I'm sure. Around here there is one
specialty shops that deal a lot with imported food etc and also have
these adapters. Plus at hardware stores in foreign countries. They
don't sell the reverse at hardware stores in the US because we don't
give a darn if foreigners can use their appliances or not.
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