I've seen the same problem in my area. You can't find a polarized plug
next to the light bulb display at the local supermarket. You may not
even be able to find a non polarized plug, except perhaps at the dollar
store and it looks like it would melt the moment you put juice on it.
Perhaps society has decided we can't replace a plug without burning down
the house? For a very long time in the UK appliances didn't come with a
plug? You had to wire the plug yourself because different areas of the
country used different style plugs. Today in the USA a hardware store
(if you can find one) or a Home Depot or Lowes might have what you need,
but not a mainstream big box store.
So that's what add-on means. That means Priime is not as good as one
might think. I'm not going to pay a yearly fee for something I might
not use even once. I used to buy a lot from Amazon, bur for one reason
or another, it's been 6 months and it might be a year more. I had
about 25 things in the Pending list, partly to bring me up to 25 dollars
when needed, or 35, and when I went through them after a year, either
they didn't sell them anymore or I didn't want them or both.
Absolutely it's fair, and like you say, we were supposed to have paid it
That's sort of like a drug-dealer gving the first couple grams for free.
Unless you can keep your kid in college for 50 years.
Where have you looked? I'd check at a hardware store,
with a helpful handy man. I looked on www.amazon.com
and typed "polarized electrical plug" in the search
box. I got some other items, but several perfectly good
plugs that would suit your needs.
No charge, I do this as a service.
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I sympathize with the OP. It seems very hard to find a 2-prong
polarized plug that is reasonably small. Though I have both a 2 prong
and a 3-prong plug like the big ones suggested here, there is nothing
inside my house (except maybe a large power tool that I don't have yet)
that I would use one for.
I don't see any reason why a polarized plug for a small appliance has to
be bigger than the smallest permissable non-polarized plug. Is there a
One can't even easily find an attachable 2-prong polarized plug that is
as small as the original 2-prong polarized plug that came on the cord of
the appliance. Why is that?
And why have they put wider skirts at the base of the plastic on 2-prong
plugs, like in this picture:
Why can't you get polarized plugs like plugs 1 and 3 in this picture, or
just a trifle thicker if necesssary?
Is this to prevent 3 items from being plugged into narrow 3-in-1's cube
tabs like several I have. Don't they trust us anymore to keep track of
how many things are used at one time and how much current each one
draws. If we can't be trusted why to they allow the sale of cube-taps
at all? When I have a 2-prong plug whose plastic base is wider
than needed and so wide it interferes with plugging something in next to
it, I take a saw and cut off 3/16" or so of the plastic.
Don't. There is a reason OHSA does not allow spliced cords. you would
have to solder the connections for them to take the tension and be
close to the original cord diameter, and solfering fine stranded cord
concentrates bending strain at the solder joint and the splice WILL
Do it your way - you will anyway. There IS a reason a spliced or
repaired cord on a worksite will be flagged by OSHA and a fine issued.
I know OSHA has no authority over what you do in your own home - but
soldered connections don't pass inspection in aircraft terminals
either, for the same reason.
For the others on the list who may listen to reason - Heat shrink
helps stabilize the joint - yes, but particularly in the case of a
self retracting cord on a vacuum DON'T DO IT.
And if using a screw-attached replacement plug on the retractable
cord, make sure you put a "buffer ball" on the cord to take the hit
when the cord hits the end winding in, or you will tear the plug off
unless you use a heavy-duty plug with a good cord clamp.
A properly spliced joint with a molded on plug is much better than using
a screw terminal plug. It's all sealed against water when you're done
and the wires won't pull out due to loose screws or a kid yanking on the
cord rather than the plug.
The best solution is a complete cord replacement with a molded plug.
When I returned from overseas I needed to change a couple of plugs from Euro style to US, for dual voltage appliances.
I found plenty of plugs, but they appeared to be of very poor quality, even from the specialty hardware stores.
There are some very good, two prong, polarized, plugs available but they
aren't small. They have a pretty big plastic body because of the screw
terminals inside and because of the strain relief system.
These are two good ones:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#6755k71 (1.26" diameter)
http://www.mcmaster.com/#71435K23 (diameter not specified)
It's usually better just to replace the whole power cord if possible. It
doesn't cost any more for a good power cord, it's just more work to take
the appliance apart. For less than $3 you can buy a 14-3 or 18-3 IEC
power cord. For under $5 you can buy a hospital grad 16-3 cord. You can
buy a polarized two conductor cord for under $2.
A canister vacuum cleaner is a little more complex because often they
have self-retracting cords and you do want to replace the plug and not
the cord. Even the ones with non-retracting cords usually have a very
long cord. In those cases I'd advise using one of the high-quality two
prong polarized plugs like the ones from McMaster. You want something
rugged on a vacuum cleaner. It really doesn't matter if the plug is a
little larger than the original. Worst case the plug doesn't go all the
way into the storage area when the cord is retracted.
Why do you say that these plugs are polarized? Nothing in the text
indicates that this is so. Again the diagram indicates the receptacle
configuration for NEMA 1-15. NEMA 1-15 plugs can be either polarized or
not. Both will fit into the shown NEMA 1-15 receptacle. I have seen
plugs like this and the are NOT polarized.
I sent an e-mail to McMaster and asked them. They replied that it was
polarized. You can do the same to confirm it.
I think it would be unlikely for any of those higher end plugs to be
non-polarized. Non-polarized are used for lamps and little AC adapters,
but not for appliances.
On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:10:15 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
Which is what you'd expect. You want the contact in the bottom of
the socket to be energized, not the screw base. I can't say that I've
paid attention, but I wouldn't be surprised if all new lamps like that
have polarized plugs.
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