This was discussed here months ago. I think that the poster was dennis@home
It was suggested that some heavy object had fallen onto his extension lead.
He posted a dropbox video of the crumbling plastic and his fingers removing
little bits of plastic.
As it happens today I've binned an 'Addis Cutlery Drainer' that's had a
hard year of occasional sunshine UV exposure holding our toothbrushes.
It's crumbling similarly and bits are now easily snapped off. I'd say at
a guess it's made of the same type of disintegrating cheese where I
think (looking at google) they may have left out the necessary UV
stabilising additives. These things are meant to have a 10 year guarantee!
Doesn't even require sunlight. I had a couple of (probably 5YO) works
ones disintegrate and they lived in the bottom of boxes in a van - so
maybe just heat or cold.
Seems to be the cheap nasty ones from China.
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
That sounds like most of the stuff you get in a pound shop: if it
doesn't spectacularly fail to the job properly as soon as you get it
home but actually seems quite reasonable and a real bargain - then
after a period it will degrade to the point of being completely unfit
Actually I had one recently that seemed intermittent when plugs were in it.
I had assumed it was just that the springyness of the contacts had reduced,
so took it apart to see if I could respring them. However what had happened
was that the plastic making up the bottom of the socket bar was crumbling
away, and cracking where the pressure from the contacts had been. Nothing
for it but the bin sadly. Not enough long tirm environmental testing,
I suppose if these things never died, nobody would buy a new one?
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
We buy new ones when they get lost or stolen. Or plug in more things. Where I used to work I bought truckloads of the things, no doubt a lot of them disappeared into the homes of the staff. No sense trying to stop them, I could get them in bulk for a couple of quid each.
Peter is in the top three most intelligent people -- Ron Tompkins, circa 2013.
I've got a long extension lead powering the medion wifi repeater that
is half way down the back neighbours back yard, providing free wifi
for that neighbour. The extension lead runs along the top of the fence
rail in full sun and it has lasted fine for years now, no plastic rot at
I've got others inside the house that have the full sun on them
right thru the winter and those have lasted for decades literally.
Yours must have been cheap crap extension leads.
On Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:04:52 +1100, Rod Speed wrote:
About 1969 I ran 2.5mm FT&E to a shed (about 2m away), replaced it this year
when I re-roofed the shed. It was still somewhat flexible and there were no
I did cut it up and dump it though.
They don't make 'em like that nowadays.
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