Outside with my electric hedge trimmer thingy I didn't get much done
because there was a visible flash and a quiet 'pop' as I cut through the
I repaired it with a cable connector fitting, and was suprised to find
no fuse blown, nothing tripped. Is that normal? or desirable?
A mower extension with those funny connectors maybe, but not one with a
normal UK socket on the end, otherwise you could be plugging in things
without earthing them, and that would upset the nanny state.
Of course it is. The extention lead is on the floor and the trimmer
cable is close to the blade.
How long do you think the hedge cutter lead lasted on the hedge cutters
I bought on Saturday:-)?
I gave them to my next door neighbour and said "I'll give you £20 to cut
The RCD did not trip but the 20A outside sockets MCB did.
Something purchased as a separate extension cable for use with various
tasks normally are,
The long cable that comes with tools like trimmers,mowers, leaf blowers is
often not if the item is double insulated but these don’t terminate in a 3
pin socket but various designs of two pin sockets that may just suit the
In use they are often long enough to reach from socket to work location so
they aren’t really an “extension cable”.
That is not my experience in the UK. If fitted with a 13amp plug, they
are usually many yards long from the appliance. Those fitted with
shorter leads are usually two pin inline type sockets, to match a
similar extension, which eventually terminates in a 13amp plug. A short
length of flex terminating in a 13amp plug, makes them very awkward to
use, the plug and socket catches on various things in use - so a bit of
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