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Old 17th May 2021, 9:56 am   #21
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Default Re: Does this 1960s hairdryer contain asbestos?

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is it really the Neutral (black) conductor of the flex that is connected through the on/off switch?
It looks to me as though the red (line) lead is going to the switch, while the black (neutral) crosses over it encased in the sleeving, emerging as two leads - one to the fan and one to the heater (one of which is confusingly coloured red).
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Old 17th May 2021, 9:37 pm   #22
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I have an hot air paint stripper that has a lower wattage than my daughter's hairdryer and it's much quieter.
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Old 18th May 2021, 5:30 am   #23
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I think my parents have still got a very similar hairdryer to that one. Although there's had a thermal cut-out reset button near the nozzle. The also had a pipe and a hood-cap + stand for it, to convert it (for doing perms?).

The only places I know asbestos was used on Domestic equipment, was the heat pad on old Beldray etc Ironing boards (they've also still got) and 'brake' pads (like in car ones for many years) used as a primitive shock absorber on old Indesit etc. washing machines (which I didn't know about, when I had one).

More worrying, is where it is used in fibrous-forms, like it seems the white felt pads used at the end of dropper-resistors in valve radio contains asbestos as well as much-larger versions of this insulation material used in Gas fires and storage heaters (as well as within wall spaces of many classrooms most of us were in for years).

But about the worst place to put it was probably within wartime Gas Masks!
It only took 100years to completely stop it being used, from when it first started being used with the dangers found soon after from those working in the factories.
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Old 18th May 2021, 5:35 am   #24
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Two of the worst uses originally was table cloths and handkerchiefs.
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Old 18th May 2021, 9:48 am   #25
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Pipe and boiler lagging was pretty bad too.
I can remember it when they did the school boiler in the early 1970s.
It was blowing about in the yard for weeks.
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Old 18th May 2021, 10:08 am   #26
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Can we get back on topic please, lagging and hankies have little to do with this hairdryer.

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Old 18th May 2021, 2:30 pm   #27
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Both neutral and line are considered live conductors, so it doesn't matter which way they are connected to a piece of safe equipment like this hairdryer.
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