Sometime early this year, I was given a workshop fluorescent light which I thought would be good to improve lighting for my metal lathe in my garage workshop. The light hangs from a couple of hooks that I placed on the support rail that my garage door rolls on.
Anyway, this is not really about the light as it could apply to any appliance. I noted at the time that the power cord had a plug on the end which did not have the cord grip nut which clamps the cord to the plug so that pulling on the cord does not pull the wires out of the plug. I had bought a replacement Deta 10A Grey Plug Top from the local Bunnings to replace it at a time of my leisure.
That time happened this afternoon, so on removing the plug cover – I noticed something which unfortunately is all too common. The wires had been damaged, so it was a good thing that I was replacing it.
The insulation on theground and neutral wire appeared to have been cut.
Turning it over (although a bit out of focus in this photo – I should retake the photo but my camera battery needed charging), shows that similarly, the active wire insulation is also damaged. This happens if a Stanley knife or common box cutter is used to cut the outside insulation which if cut too deep ends up cutting into the wire insulation, thereby exposing the conductors.
I cut the end off the cord so that I could show you what it looked like, then fitted the Deta replacement plug wired according to the instructions and firmly fitted with the cord grip nut. The motto is – if possible, always check appliances that you are given in case they have been modified – or have someone do this for you.