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Old 12th Sep 2019, 7:32 pm   #181
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The fact that ring mains require less cable may have been a factor. Post-war austerity and balance of payments isses meant that efforts were made to minimise the need for imported goods, for example by requiring new houses to have flat roofs and solid floors to reduce the amount of imported timber required. Ring mains would have reduced the amount of imported copper needed in the post-war house building programs.
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Old 13th Sep 2019, 5:38 pm   #182
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The fact that ring mains require less cable may have been a factor. Post-war austerity and balance of payments isses meant that efforts were made to minimise the need for imported goods, for example by requiring new houses to have flat roofs and solid floors to reduce the amount of imported timber required. Ring mains would have reduced the amount of imported copper needed in the post-war house building programs.
That's exactly the same reason I understood for doing it that way. Dave, USradcoll1
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 9:28 pm   #183
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Found recently a GEC round pin plug. Not seen one of these before!
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 10:35 pm   #184
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I have recently inherited a number of appliances from my parents with old but maybe not vintage plugs. These are current pattern 13A (BS1363) but without shrouded pins. Is it worth me keeping and photographing these?
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 11:43 pm   #185
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I have recently inherited a number of appliances from my parents with old but maybe not vintage plugs. These are current pattern 13A (BS1363) but without shrouded pins. Is it worth me keeping and photographing these?
They are still safe to use.
The two main reasons I see for shrouded pins was to stop naughty kids at school putting a coin between the pins or someone who can't be bothered to find a screwdriver wrapping bare wires around the pins to power something that has not got a plug fitted.
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Old 25th Mar 2020, 3:50 pm   #186
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Msg for Tom Williams. I am living in France but moved here from New Zealand. In the process of changing ALL my appliances and tools to the French system I have a collection of NZ plugs which are scattered around the place. Some may well have gone to the déchetterie (tip) but any that are remaining you are welcome to. I travel regularly to Raglan so not too far from Hereford. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 9:12 pm   #187
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Wow - two years since I last contributed here. Oops! Couldn't resist a good plug collection post though.

This is just a small selection of a (shamefully) large selection. Apologies they're cropped and collaged, it's how I had to present them in another forum:

WG 5a Bakelite
Perma 13a Orange, Courage Breweries branded (my personal favourite)
GEC 13a Ivory Bakelite
MK 13a SafetyPlug, BBC branded (black sheath pins)
MK 13a SafetyPlug, Moprhy Richards branded (white sheath pins)
MK 13a SafetyPlug, Granada branded (black sheath pins I think)
W&G 13a Nylon type, Electra Branded (East Mids Electric showrooms)

I could show more but I think the others in my collection have already been covered by others in the thread - Rock, MK Bakelite type, Ashley etc etc.

I think I have about 25 individual types but still missing plenty (also trying to come up with a compact, tidy way of displaying them all)
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 6:07 am   #188
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I think I have about 25 individual types but still missing plenty (also trying to come up with a compact, tidy way of displaying them all)
Wire them onto bits of test gear, etc that you use and have them plugged into multi-way distribution boards over your workbench.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 4:54 pm   #189
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Some really cheap extension blocks, 8 way are available for a few quid.
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