Category Archives: Horrors

Examples of horrors found while inspecting and testing.

Run over flex

Here is another section of cord. As you can see the insulators through the holes in the outer sheath they are no longer protected. The outer sheath has done it’s job but it’s now only suitable for recycling. We cut … Continue reading

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Worn strain relief

This was powering a HiFi in a warehouse. As we say to our clients, and to you, the vast majority of the faults we pick up we do during the inspection which is done by eye. You too have eyes … Continue reading

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Tell tale heat damage

Here’s another plugtop. When it was plugged into a socket it looked fine but as soon as we unplugged it there was a tell tale discolouring around the neutral contact.         Once inside the plugtop you can … Continue reading

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Hidden heat damage

Here’s a plugtop that looked fine from the outside. One of our inspections is to take to back off the plugtop to check inside and to verify the size of fuse fitted.         Inside the same plugtop. … Continue reading

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Cracked plug

Here’s a plugtop that has a piece of the scasing cracked off. It’s possible to see inside the plug to the terminals, which would be live when in a socket. There’s no basic protection if you can get to the … Continue reading

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Smashed Plug

Here’s a plugtop that was wrapped in insulating tape. That’s always a worry as one can imagine problems that may be hidden within.   Once the tape was removed there were cracks all over the underside of the plugtop.   … Continue reading

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Cable Joint

Sometimes an appliances cord isn’t long enough to reach a socket. You could use and extension lead or a coupling. Using a piece of connector block and insulating tape is not the way to do it. To provide basic insulation … Continue reading

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Heat Damage

Here’s 4G extension lead. It has been damaged by heat. looking closely the socket on the right has the writing on the bottom of a plugtop melted into it between and below the line and neutral holes. The socket next … Continue reading

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