/ Gaffa Tape As Electrical Insulation?
Am I risking something happening if i've used a few (approx 5) wraps of Gaffa Tape inside the plug at the mains for my digital radio?
5 wraps around each wire which goes into the plug that is. There's no copper showing anywhere at all.
> Am I risking something happening
The wrath of UKC electrical police?
A neater solution which will cost you just a few more pennies and a minute or two of your time would be to cut the plug off and replace it (assuming it's a moulded plug that's looking worse for wear), or rewire it (assuming it's not a moulded plug).
I figured that much, and any insurance maybe, is a temporary measure, and that kind of thing has worked on my trainset as a kid, but I thought I might as well check.
Seem to remember there being sparkies on here..
It's a moulded plug and i've just trod on the wire going into it and pulled it out of the plug.
With a sharp knife and some gaffa tape it's fixed again, but have thoughts to do with heat or something like that lurking in the back of my mind.
It's a Pure DAB digital radio.
Your call, but I'd cut the plug off and replace it. Then again, I have spare plugs lying around and make a living from making electrical things continue to work in demanding environments.
It's a trasnformer plug, I found I could open the plug up with a sharp knife, and cut back the cable outers and twist the wires together again, and then wrap with gaffa tape.
Transformer plug is currently held together firmly with more gaffa tape.
Might invest in some heatshrinks and solder and heat shrink the wiring and use superglue or something to seal the plug back together.
Ah - ignore me in that case. I assumed it was a bog standard moulded 13A plug.
If it works it works. You're hardly likely to die from a 12V (or whatever comes out of it) shock...
Once upon a time paper was considered as adequate insulation. Can’t see why gaffa tape wouldn’t be OK for low voltage (i.e. mains) so long as you have covered the conductors. Personally I think 5 wraps is overkill, one/two wraps would do. (prospective member of the UKC electrical police)
I would probably do something similar, except I've got some insulation tape that I would have used.
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