This weekend was spent testing equipment for a number of Disc Jockeys. Boy, do they know how to not look after their equipment! In and out of the faithful transit van, knocked about and used and abused; I’m surprised any of it works after a while …
How Do You Do It, Wire A Plug I Mean?
Anyway, while testing one DJ, I saw that the plug was cracked and broken. Noting that I needed to change the plug, the DJ offered to do it for me while I continued to test other pieces of equipment for him.
Ten minutes or so later, when he had changed the plug, it was over to me to check and retest. Good job I opened the plug just to check that it had been wired correctly! Well, not only was there loose strands of copper wire everywhere, but the leads had been curled up inside the plug pinching the outer sheaths.
The moral of this story is to do the job yourself because I still had to rewire the plug again, only this time making sure the cables were the right length and not coiled up inside the plug.
So for those who need to know, The video below was designed to help instruct someone on how to wire a plug, but if there is any doubt of your capability in doing this, or are unsure about which fuse to use, then contact a professional electrician.
In a previous blog I highlighted a number of practical housekeeping tips to protect your staff and business. Have you ever thought about checking the plug itself?
Here are a few tips for checking a plug:
Make sure the plug is not loose in the socket outlet and can be removed with ease
Makes sure it’s not cracked or damaged and there is no signs of overheating
If the plug is moulded on to the lead then there should be no movement at the anchorage when the cable is pulled or twisted
It is preferable that the Live and Neutral pins have sleeves, especially if young children may touch the plug and the pins are not bent
Give the plug a shake it should not rattle and finally My Pet Hate – the cardboard wiring diagram should be removed
One thing to check is that if you shake the plug and it rattles, make sure it’s not your watch that is making the noise! I have been known to open up a plug to check the terminals are tight and then realised it was my watch. Ok so I’m a professional having a bad day. It happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?
There are so many videos or instructions on the Internet about “how to wire a plug” but my quick tip is this – remember the brown wire goes to the right hand side and the blue wire goes to the left. Why the second letter of the colour in BROWN is R – RHS and in BLUE it’s L = LHS and if there is a yellow/green wire you only have the centre pin left. Easy hey?
Until next time …If you would like further information, or a free no obligation site inspection for your Health and Safety testing needs then do call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll get right back to you.