socket extensions


Postby mlee2 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:56 am

Hello all,

i am afraid i am a little amateur when it comes to domestic d i y matters, so i hope you can help on probably a very simple thing.

i have an extension socket with 4 gangs and its one of those with green power surge light, as well as the orange one.

i once plugged my laptop ac adaptor in it, and sparks flew, along with smoke and the smell of burnt rubber.

but afterwards, everything functioned. the extension socket and the gangs, my ac adaptor as well as the computer. nothing was damaged. The only thing visible was the pins on the adaptor looks a bit burnt and black.

then, every now and again when i plug items into the gangs, a little spark would be visible.

again, everything works.

please let me know what is happening, and should i replace the extension socket? Both lights are on, so both are working as it says.

or is it the fuse of the plugs in question? How can i tell if a fuse works or not inside a plug?

pls help. thanks
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Postby 333rocky333 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:09 pm

IF the sparks are within the extension.
When it blew the first time it may have damaged inside the extension, or something may be loose or going wrong inside it, if you dont know someone to check inside it, it may be better to stop using it and replace it ,for your own safety.
If it sparks with various different plugs it is more likely the ext lead than anything else, the fuses or plugs unless really lose would not normally spark.

Although the lead is lit up and working it still may be faulty.

It is unlikely to be the fuses causing your problem but
To check fuses you need something to check continuity, like a meter or you can get a neat little screwdriver which lights up.

First you test screwdriver by touching the end and it lights
you then remove the fuse touch the end and if fuse good it lights up
if it dont light up, fuse blown
Retouch screwdriver to check lights up
Job done

(DONT BUY THE ONE YOU TOUCH ON THE LIVE TERMINAL TO LIGHT UP)
You need the one with built in battery that does CONTINUITY
It will light up in your hand at the shop when you touch the ends of the screwdriver

Not all fuses are the same rating and should be correct for the appliance
DO NOT USE 13 amp fuses for everything sometimes 3 or 5 amp is correct.
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Postby mlee2 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:56 am

thanks 333rocky333

perhaps i shall change the extension socket for safety sake.
then work on the plugs individually.

i did recall on 2 occasions, my house went all dark, and i have to switch the lever back on, one of many switches from the fuse box.

i live in these new houses where it can happen suddenly, and i have to pop the switch back on.

it happened twice. so i am not sure if these are related to the extension issue.

anyway, thanks and wishing you a happy x'mas.
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Postby mlee2 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:04 am

thanks 333rocky333

perhaps i shall change the extension socket for safety sake.
then work on the plugs individually.

i did recall on 2 occasions, my house went all dark, and i have to switch the lever back on, one of many switches from the fuse box.

i live in these new houses where it can happen suddenly, and i have to pop the switch back on.

it happened twice. so i am not sure if these are related to the extension issue.

anyway, thanks and wishing you a happy x'mas.
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