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    Up to the early 1990s most electrical equipment wasn't sold with a plug on, so you had to either buy one from the same shop or recycle one from something that had been disposed of.

    Being able to wire one correctly was considered a challenge, especially if the flex wasn't cut to size. Also most came with a 13 Amp fuse so you needed to keep a stock of 3 & 5 amp fuses that were a better rating.

    Also of note were the brands like Volex, MK, Ever Ready, Ashley, WG, Micromark etc. normally moulded into the front of the plug.

    Eventually plugs started to be moulded on so they are almost a thing of the past.
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    The reason why electrical equipment was sold without a plug was because of the diversity of sockets in use in Britain in decades gone by.

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    I actually managed to wire two appliances into one plug

    All you have to do is wire to live wires into one metal peg & the same with the other two wires and you can run two appliances on that one plug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arran View Post
    The reason why electrical equipment was sold without a plug was because of the diversity of sockets in use in Britain in decades gone by.
    As well as the older round pin plugs, there were D&S & Wylex connections before the current layout became standard.

    Some non-domestric sockets still exist, used for specialist electric supplies.
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    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.

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    I am glad that electric appliances are fitted with a plug these days. When I was younger I had anxiety problems at the thought of having to wire a plug, even though my science teacher (and my father who had been a qualified electrician when he was younger) often wired a plug, making sure that the Live, Earth and Neutral were wired correctly.

    I think that companies had this "batteries not included" attitude to supplying plugs with electrical items, although the Health and Safety aspect thankfully overrules this attitude, and I think from around 1988, it was compulsory for fitted plugs to be sold with electrical appliances. It was around the same time that warnings on flammable furniture was put in place.

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    Must say im glad plugs are fitted on appliances now too.

    Im sure if i had to i could wire one up.

    but i remember at school in the late eighties i think we
    were all given a plug to wire up.

    How long have appliances etc been fitted with a plug.
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    I was discussing with my Dad when plugs had to be fitted, we seemed to roughly guess it was between 1990 & 92.

    I've got a feeling there was a period when some makers fitted them while other didn't. I have some things that came with a plug fitted but they aren't moulded on. I think some shops might have fitted them.
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    I did my apprenticeship at MK Electric, they made quality plugs/sockets/etc.

    Got some great memories from that time.

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    We still have a draw full of old plugs just in case.

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