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Offline rodga

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Any electrical gurus in the house?
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:37:20 PM »
This extension cable literally burst into flames while I was mowing the lawn. What could have caused that? An issue with mower or the cable?

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 01:40:26 PM »
Something similar happened to me recently.

In my case the insulation broke and the wires shorted, causing the sparks/fire. I rewired it and everything worked as it should. I think that would be the first thing to try.

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 01:40:34 PM »
The cable. If it was the motor, the breaker should have tripped. Twisting too much.

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 02:25:02 PM »
That looks like wear and tear. Twisted it once too many times. The insulating cables inside broke and contact was made.
Happens often if used a lot with not too much care.
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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 02:36:26 PM »
That looks like wear and tear. Twisted it once too many times. The insulating cables inside broke and contact was made.
Happens often if used a lot with not too much care.
Lol sounds about right.

Thanks all will have a look in the morning.

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 03:11:49 PM »
First problem is that you are not doing it like @vleisman...

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 04:56:25 PM »
There's only one proper way to mow the lawn...



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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 10:16:26 PM »
Lol

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2020, 12:28:44 PM »
A spoiled lady.   The thing has a motor
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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2020, 12:37:37 PM »
A spoiled lady.   The thing has a motor

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Well I don't want to wear her out, she has a lot of duties. I had a hernia op and now Cath is doing everything. It's not bad being waited on but if I'd known about the pain I might have reconsidered. My pain killer of choice is alcohol, and sometimes she doesn't get the timing right between doing her chores and fetching my next beer. I must say though, she is a one in a million  :cleansound:

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Re: Any electrical gurus in the house?
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2020, 05:37:46 PM »
Gee Vleis I guess it’s going to take a few months to recover from the “hernia op”, eh?