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Old 3rd Apr 2012, 4:28 am   #121
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Default Re: Another unusual plug and some other questions

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Originally Posted by Brigham View Post
This type of holder is very common in the US, albeit for Edison caps. One is taught as a child not to pull the chain with wet hands.
Not only that, but if you disassemble a pull-chain mechanism in one of our sockets, you'll find that there is a little bit of insulation -- enough to keep the chain from getting energized -- at the point where the chain pulls on the lever inside to turn the switch contacts. The metal "actuator" is not part of the circuit. It's isolated by some sort of plastic collar or washer of some sort. You'd have to find one and take it apart to know what I'm talking about.
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