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Testing a T Shaped 13a plug

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:10 pm
by coops1
Hi there, I have recently got a job and the customer has a socket on the wall that takes a 3 pin plug but the earth pin is T shaped. I am guessing there is going to be appliances that plug into this which will need testing. Is there an adaptor or something I can use on the market or can someone point me in the direction or where to buy some bits to make my own lead?
Many thanks

Re: Testing a T Shaped 13a plug

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:15 pm
by coops1

Re: Testing a T Shaped 13a plug

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:01 pm
by Alan Freeman
I have met these before, and also the plugs with the earth pin rotated 90 degrees.

These are normally used on Uninteruptable Power Supplies or clean earthsupply. The idea is to stop the cleaner plugging in a vacuum - or any other non approved appliance.

There is no option but to get a socket from somewhere and make up a standard 13A plug to this socket. I personally would not buy one of these for a one off. Ask the customer if he has a spare socket. If you are likely to meet this often, then RS sell them - but only as a standard socket, not a trailing socket!