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    scary electrical pictures

    the last thread i posted got me thinking...lets start a thread with all the scary pictures you see in people houses or factories etc

    these are my favourite ones because its the result of poor workmanship...and until your house has burnt...people will continue to use dodgy electricial contractors because they are cheaper...the only way this is going to stop is if the insurance companies put their foot down and start enforcing a no payout system if the installation is illegal or if a "valid COC" can be produced...i did a job 2 days ago where i found the house security lights where wired with the telephone cable...no earth and the wire was illegal...the first thing you see as you walk into the house...yet the COC was issued....by the way this is a very common sight.


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    I am dying to look at the pictures (for my learning curve) but I am unable. Think it's my browser. I am the only one unable to view this pictures? Mind forwarding it through to siphom_3@hotmail.com?

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    pity i dont have a photo of a pool d.b. that burnt out. one of those plastic pre wired"water tight" enclosures.it burnt so fiercely that there was nothing left.there was no trace of a circuit breaker,a wire,even the pipes going down to the ground were gone.not even the screws that hold the d.b. to the wall.just a pile of dust.

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    A few scary pictures of tired circuit breakers any explanations as to how this happened, the obvious is to say a loose connection, the maintenance electrician swears that the connections were tight. I suspect a bad connection, 50mm2 welding cable was used to supply the breaker and a cable end (bootlace ferrule) would not be accommodated so there was some whiskering of the strands , a loud bang though.
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    My 3 Phase Mains isolator did the same thing on one of the phases, and the connections was tight, as I occasionally check it. Another cause could be a defective contact which may have had a pin hole through the hard material the contact is plated with, and with time, the pin hole grows, causing a bad connection due to arcing, and heating the contact. Thermal run away then causes the failure.

    What I did notice that a time prior to failure, there was a sick fishy smell in the air, which I could not place my finger on, and after the failure, I realised that it was the material of the circuit breaker body taking strain due to the heat being generated in the faulty contact.
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    this is why my thermal imager is such a brilliant tool

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    Smoke in the Panel

    Here are a few more pics this is a contactor the control circuit is going through a electronic overload unit which failed and caused the contactor to chatter supplies a 22kw motor.
    Murdock the thermal imager that you have what are the specs on it and the cost.
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    i have an entry level imager which cost around R60 000 when i got it... but you can buy cheaper and better units nowadays...my imager is part of my tool box used to fault find... fix and verify the problem is solved...its handy because sometime you can find problem you didnt even know you had


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