Odd question - how do I blow a fuse without burning down my house?
I need a blown plug fuse for something and I don't have one (I always
throw them away if they blow). how do I made a good one into a bad
one? Without sticking 240V across it?
I used to work with a bloke who put blown fuses back in the box. Not a
real problem with glass fuses for PCs etc, but ceramics...
He also used to log customer problem reports on the PC under Mr or Mrs
rather than the surname. Took me forever to find Mary Jones, who turned
out to be a doctor!
Did anyone come up with the correct and safest way to blow a fuse?
If it's 5 amp, put it in the kettle plug and try to make a nice cup
If 13 amp, put it in a 4-way extension and boil several kettles.
On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 10:08:14 +0100, Old Fart at Play
I should have mentioned that it will need to be a 13A fuse as it's
supposed to have come from a kettle.
A lot of useful/insane replies - thanks guys n gals. I have learnt why
there are so many DIY injuries every year!
It was in the back of my mind that heating the fue would cause the
fuse wire to melt - maybe wrap it in tinfoil and heat it with a
blowlamp? (That way, we get to use fire - always a source of fun!).
Without trying to jump start myself, I think I'll try the above
suggestion. Can anyone lend me a few kettles for a day?
Well, in a rather dreadful hotel with a radio in the next room,
empty and locked, at 0600 on a Sunday morning I put my nailfile across
the earth and live pins of a 13A plug and switched the socket on - it
took out the ringmain fuse beautifully and not a mark on the nailfile!
Just sold a B&D hover mower on eBay since I've now got no grass left -
thank god. It was used about half a dozen times to cut a postage stamp
sized lawn. Got all of 1.20 for it. ;-) Lose some win some...
*I like cats, too. Let's exchange recipes.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
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