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  • #16
    Re: Electric Plugs

    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    There was even a plug that was inserted into a light fitting instead of a bulb. They got banned for safety reasons but some people lament this ban because they were useful for making light fittings removable.
    I have seen someone do that. Absolutely dangerous.
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    • #17
      Re: Electric Plugs

      Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
      I have seen someone do that. Absolutely dangerous.
      My parents had an international travel adaptor that could be connected to a light fitting, but I never remember them doing that.

      Some of the cookery rooms at my secondary school had some fittings with a socket one a long cable hung from the ceiling.

      They had long been tied up so no-one could use them, which was probably a good thing.
      The Trickster On The Roof

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      • #18
        Re: Electric Plugs

        As we are close to the Christmas season, I was thinking of the old Christmas tree that we had at home, and the plug at the end was a European one with two round pins at the end - we had to get one of those cube adaptors so that we could plug it in. I believe that they were the same plugs that shavers have so that they can be used in the bathroom.
        Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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        • #19
          Re: Electric Plugs

          I can't actually remember things coming without plugs. Mind dad was an electrician so the house was always full of plugs and wires and things and I suspect he got straight to new items before I was even aware that they didn't have a plug attached.
          1976 Vintage

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          • #20
            Re: Electric Plugs

            Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
            As we are close to the Christmas season, I was thinking of the old Christmas tree that we had at home, and the plug at the end was a European one with two round pins at the end - we had to get one of those cube adaptors so that we could plug it in. I believe that they were the same plugs that shavers have so that they can be used in the bathroom.
            I remember my parents had a set of Xmas lights with a 2 round pin plug on. We needed an adaptor for it. One year I noticed the plug was loose, so I tightened the screw holding it together only for the brittle plastic it was made of to crack. After that I put a normal 3 pin plug on, I'm surprised my Dad hadn't done that years before.
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            • #21
              Re: Electric Plugs

              Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
              Reminds me of that PIF with the stupid man with a drill putting matchsticks in the socket with the wires connected to it. That was enough to scare anyone into plugging anything into a socket.
              Darwinism in action!
              Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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              • #22
                Re: Electric Plugs

                I was just thinking that in the days when plugs were not included with electrical items, Morphy Richards (are they still going?) used to boost in their advertising as early as 1978 (hence an old TV ad seen on YT) that they always fitted plugs on their electrical appliances - in fact, I am certain that they had made "the one with a plug on" a slogan of their brand back then.
                Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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                • #23
                  Re: Electric Plugs

                  Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                  I was just thinking that in the days when plugs were not included with electrical items, Morphy Richards (are they still going?) used to boost in their advertising as early as 1978 (hence an old TV ad seen on YT) that they always fitted plugs on their electrical appliances - in fact, I am certain that they had made "the one with a plug on" a slogan of their brand back then.
                  As far as I know Morphy Richards are still around, they used MK plugs with their logo moulded into the cover of the plug.
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                  • #24
                    Re: Electric Plugs

                    I always keep plugs off broken electrical items. I think it was Watchdog in the 1980's that forced companies to put plugs on their electrical appliances, i do remember them doing a report on it.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Electric Plugs

                      Morphy Richards are still around but owned by Glen Dimplex Group, based in Ireland. They own a number of well-known brands including Valor, Roberts Radio and Carmen. Manufacturing is in the Far East now though rather than the UK, which is to be expected.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Electric Plugs

                        Originally posted by escorteclipse1990 View Post
                        I always keep plugs off broken electrical items. I think it was Watchdog in the 1980's that forced companies to put plugs on their electrical appliances, i do remember them doing a report on it.
                        At such a young age I didn't even know that metal conducted electricity until I just happened to accidently find out why - there was smoke but I was OK.
                        Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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                        • #27
                          Re: Electric Plugs

                          Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                          At such a young age I didn't even know that metal conducted electricity until I just happened to accidently find out why - there was smoke but I was OK.
                          Well despite having a rather high IQ .. I quite often make ‘silly’ mistakes ..

                          Years ago when we had the old system in where you had to pull the fuse out and manually fix the fuse with a piece of wire - I somehow managed to replace the fuse with the electricity still ON !!

                          We got an electrician round days later to put a modern flick-switch fuse system in and when I told him what I’d done he said “ I don’t know how you managed to do that without getting roasted to a crisp !!”


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                          • #28
                            Re: Electric Plugs

                            As a result, I used to think that anything conducted electricity. I used to remove the cardboard diagram thing from the plug before plugging it in - but then again, everyone does that, don't they?
                            Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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