Tag Archives: safety

Shocking quality

We had a cheap Homemaker brand HT7145KM heater come in for recycling.  This one had two of the halogen heating lamps rattling around in the bottom because the ends had shattered and the third on was on the way out … Continue reading

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Stay safe with stuff

This heavy duty extension cord had been quite severely severed.  This is certainly a serious safety situation. It must have happened while it had current flowing through it because there has been severe sparking in the severed section. Stay safe!

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A waste of time

These brand new mains cables came in for recycling. Not only was it a waste of time test and tagging brand new cables but they ended up with us for recycling. We get hundreds of these cables both new and … Continue reading

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Electrical tape and extension cords

This cable came in as part of a whole bunch of other stuff from an IT company. Not sure why someone would want to make one of these.  A mains plug to IEC connector cable is pretty easy to get … Continue reading

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Water and electricity

This is one of the reasons why this type of mains plug should not be used in wet areas. It had arced between phase, neutral, and earth when wet, which carbonised the plastic of the plug. The other reason is … Continue reading

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Unsafe solar controller

This solar controller came in for recycling. Notice the New Zealand mains plug used as part of the wiring.  This is potentially dangerous.  There is a possibility that it could be plugged into 230V AC mains power.  At best it … Continue reading

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A real dodgy modification

I came across this real dodgy modification. This plug board came in for recycling. The original cord has been replaced with one that has no earth. Also, the replacement cable is the older two core type without an outer sheath. … Continue reading

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Electrical appliance safety testing

Ecotech Services now offers electrical safety testing (test and tag) for plug in appliances both on site and delivered to our workshop.  This is a logical extension to the work that we have been doing to date. Alan Liefting, the … Continue reading

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It is hard to do but don’t do it

Check out these 300mm long cables that came out of some gear that we recycled! I managed, with some difficulty, to get three tight coils out of  it.  The label is a complete waste of time, and I think some … Continue reading

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Not impressed with you Acer

Now look here Acer.  I usually like your products.  They are generally pretty well made (we’ll overlook that case in the late 1990s where the edge connectors in one of your laptops had insufficient gold plating causing a fault common … Continue reading

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