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Celyn

Wee Question for the Master Leki

I'm thinking I mean Heidie, but you might ALL be secret lekii in disguise for all I know.

Now, esteemed fella of the honourable and powerful tribe of the Lekii, if you would be so kind as to advise, here goes.

On another message board, (the dreaded Skatcom), there is a Canadian wumman who, with the husband and weans, plans to move to Scotland.  One of her minor questions is that:

Quote:
"my husband is an electronics freak, and is a little stressed about not being able to take some of his precious things, is it worth trying power converters for them -- I understand they shouldn't be used for long periods of time?...


Right, so I don't know.  I mean, really don't know.  IS there actually some reason why those "change to a different country that does the current a different way in its plug sockets" converter thingwies really are dangerous and are not to be used for a long time?  Seems daft to me, but i R not Leki.

She seems nice and sensible and on top of stuff about where to live, how the schools will be for the wee weans and all that, (so if they are generally sensible, it's worth helping them out a wee bit), BUT oh noes!  there has tae be a wee worry about the electrical toys.

So, is there a problem  here, really?  Dae things like that blow up in your face by the third day of using or nasty stuff like that?  But if so, why is the world not littered by the mouldy stinky maggot-ridden corpses of anyone who ever went to Germany or Italy or Hong Kong or anywhere and plugged in the computer, or even a hair dryer?

I do sort of intend to give your answer here to the message board person concerned, so gonnae tell me the truth, eh?  You know, once you've done wi the traditional snigger at the ignorant panda thing?  
Laughing
notanimby

Maist Yooropeen countries use aroon 220V AC @ 50Hz, inra USA and Canada the yuse 110V AC @60Hz

Some electronics gadgets huv external powerpacks fur runnin affra mains, yoo jist huv tae use ra correct wan furra country yoo ur in
The link below wull help

http://wikitravel.org/en/Electrical_systems
Heidy

Whit the greenok tea leaf sais or jist get a transformer tae suit aw ra appliances...........
notanimby

Heidy wrote:
Whit the greenok tea leaf sais or jist get a transformer tae suit aw ra appliances...........


Like this wan

Neil

Transformers are great an wuid dae the job a hunner percent, but they're bulky an heavy. Ah think yer correspondent is spikkin aboot they lichtweight power converter thingies ye kin get in the likes o Radio Shack. These things are nae transformers but usually operate by kinda switching the power on an aff verra fast. They're fine for a kettle or a hair dryer, but they'll mair aften than not cause electronic goodies tae blaw up!

The guid news is a lot o electronic goodies come wi multi-voltage power supplies as standard - the likes o laptops an mobile phones - an it is possible tae buy replacement power supplies for a lot of stuff, but the best advice is mair aften than not jist sell the Canadian toys afore ye move an buy Scottish toys faan ye arrive.

Here's a place tae buy transformers an the like. http://www.110220volts.com/
weejan

talking about blowing up - my daughter and her hubby came round on Saturday and I asked him to put a couple of screws in the wall to hang up some plates. he went to get his drill out of the van and said he'd to charge up the new battery for it. Ok says me, I'll make you a dinner whilst it't charging. we'd just finished a gourmet luncheon of a roll and square with a wee daud of broon sauce when there was a funny pop noise. we went to have a look and the battery had blown itself up and the room was full of smoke. He chucked it out into the garden toot sweet till it cooled down and he could take it back to the shop (40 from B&Q). The room still smells of smoke but at least we got to it in good time and the smoke didn't even reach the smoke detector.
So - if you plug these things in, in the garage and go for a cuppy tea - think on
dosser

My last (for ra time being) misadventure inta ra wurld o' electricks resultit in a ca' oot tae a plumber.

Ah decidit tae move a socket jist a wee bit further up ra kitchen wa' tae save ra boather o' cuttin' a tile tae fit roond it. Ah've been electricutit several times afore........... And tae tell ra troof, no' tryin' tae boast nor nu'hin', it disnae hurt that much...... And it's no' proved fatal nor nu'hin' so far.

So, Ah didnae switch ra power aff - Ah wuild just be affie careful an' yaze a rubber handled screw driver annat. Anyways, there a unexpectit bang and a bit o' a spark, and a wee bit o' mah screwdriver got burnt awa'. Nae big deal, and - that time - Ah didnae get electrycutit at a'.

Ah feenishes ra joab and thinks Whit's that hissin' soond?

Ah'm searchin' fur ra source o' this alarmin' soond a' ower ra kitchen. Turns oot Ah'd managed to blaw a tottie wee hole in ra cault watter pipe that the earth wire wiz attached tae.

Ra plumber soartit it.

Ah take it that it widnae be wise tae simply remove thon wire fae ra watter mains pipe tae prevent similar proablems in ra future?
notanimby

dosser wrote:
My last (for ra time being) misadventure inta ra wurld o' electricks resultit in a ca' oot tae a plumber.

Ah decidit tae move a socket jist a wee bit further up ra kitchen wa' tae save ra boather o' cuttin' a tile tae fit roond it. Ah've been electricutit several times afore........... And tae tell ra troof, no' tryin' tae boast nor nu'hin', it disnae hurt that much...... And it's no' proved fatal nor nu'hin' so far.

So, Ah didnae switch ra power aff - Ah wuild just be affie careful an' yaze a rubber handled screw driver annat. Anyways, there a unexpectit bang and a bit o' a spark, and a wee bit o' mah screwdriver got burnt awa'. Nae big deal, and - that time - Ah didnae get electrycutit at a'.

Ah feenishes ra joab and thinks Whit's that hissin' soond?

Ah'm searchin' fur ra source o' this alarmin' soond a' ower ra kitchen. Turns oot Ah'd managed to blaw a tottie wee hole in ra cault watter pipe that the earth wire wiz attached tae.

Ra plumber soartit it.

Ah take it that it widnae be wise tae simply remove thon wire fae ra watter mains pipe tae prevent similar proablems in ra future?


Naw.
Celyn

dosser wrote:
My last (for ra time being) misadventure inta ra wurld o' electricks resultit in a ca' oot tae a plumber.
...


You are Flanders and Swann and I claim my 5!   Laughing

And I thank you all for your great electrickey advice.  I feel not much the wiser, but thank you for your efforts.    I suppose I will remain ignorant until the day I die.   Or get blown up intae bits of char and smoke,.   Aye, there is that.    Crying or Very sad
dosser

Bugger, bugger, bugger.........! Ra soond's still no' wurkin' oan mah pooter.

"The Gasman Comith". Ah'm guessin'  it's aboot a Dumbarton lekie whit confused a gas pipe fer a watter pipe. Ah've no' been quite that daft...... so far.
dosser

notanimby wrote:
dosser wrote:
My last (for ra time being) misadventure inta ra wurld o' electricks resultit in a ca' oot tae a plumber.

Ah decidit tae move a socket jist a wee bit further up ra kitchen wa' tae save ra boather o' cuttin' a tile tae fit roond it. Ah've been electricutit several times afore........... And tae tell ra troof, no' tryin' tae boast nor nu'hin', it disnae hurt that much...... And it's no' proved fatal nor nu'hin' so far.

So, Ah didnae switch ra power aff - Ah wuild just be affie careful an' yaze a rubber handled screw driver annat. Anyways, there a unexpectit bang and a bit o' a spark, and a wee bit o' mah screwdriver got burnt awa'. Nae big deal, and - that time - Ah didnae get electrycutit at a'.

Ah feenishes ra joab and thinks Whit's that hissin' soond?

Ah'm searchin' fur ra source o' this alarmin' soond a' ower ra kitchen. Turns oot Ah'd managed to blaw a tottie wee hole in ra cault watter pipe that the earth wire wiz attached tae.

Ra plumber soartit it.

Ah take it that it widnae be wise tae simply remove thon wire fae ra watter mains pipe tae prevent similar proablems in ra future?


Naw.


How no? Plumbers is affie expensive these days.
Heidy

See ra tone o ra pless is gaun doon ra drain toot sweet,Ah wis pondurin oan gien ra black eyes wan sum guid advice an afore Ah kin settil doon thers a shower o hauf backed an hauf wittin diddies brenjihn in wi a loada codswallup tellin hur tae dae is an at an aw ra rest....
Ah mean a weel kent sheepie molestuur,an Alba clone-alike an a soapdodjuur aw prattlin oan aboot the lekitrikerie an stuff,,,an ra mad catwummin goin oan aboot blawin up stuff....fuxake!
Ah suggestit a transfoarmuur cos aye ther heavy an aye ther big but a yank cam ower tae us wance in ma auld wirk an they wantit tae keep aw ther gear so we wired up a big tranny an puntit sockits aw roon ther hoose fur thum some folk get attached tae tyher gadjits ye ken...an talkin aboot gettin attached tae yer gadjits if likes dossuur ye take ra earth wire aff ra plummin ye will see whit ah mean when ye get an erth fault an thers nae ground in yer hoose!
Onywey Ah think that Celyns poastee in ra ur 4 um if ther that keen oan ther electronics will huv wirked it oot by noo
An thon power convertirs ur whits cawed invertuurs an ra frequency isny too stable oan thum fur delicate stuff an kin damage certin gear no " blaw thum up" likes whit some panic merchints wid huv ye bleev..... Cool
Onywey this shuild be in the fuggin Lekis hut wher ther is a great expert waitin oan yer calls Ai thaink you...
(bows an floats aff stage left...........)
dosser

Heidy wrote:

Onywey this shuild be in the fuggin Lekis hut wher ther is a great expert waitin oan yer calls Ai thaink you...


Hah! Sae ye admit it, dae ye!

Ye're finally agreein' that electrickary's goat hee-haw tae dae wi' science an' cleverness. It's a' jist a fuggin joke!
Heidy

Issit fuk a joke its an exact science whit is wey ower ra heids o ra likes o diddies likes yersel...stick tae yer abacus ya paplookie an brw thon joke wis a german plummin connectit up ra gas pipe an ra shower ....auld habbits die hard..... Laughing
weejan

what was the name of the big tranny?
Heidy

Wis paul o grady?
notanimby

dosser wrote:
notanimby wrote:
dosser wrote:
My last (for ra time being) misadventure inta ra wurld o' electricks resultit in a ca' oot tae a plumber.

Ah decidit tae move a socket jist a wee bit further up ra kitchen wa' tae save ra boather o' cuttin' a tile tae fit roond it. Ah've been electricutit several times afore........... And tae tell ra troof, no' tryin' tae boast nor nu'hin', it disnae hurt that much...... And it's no' proved fatal nor nu'hin' so far.

So, Ah didnae switch ra power aff - Ah wuild just be affie careful an' yaze a rubber handled screw driver annat. Anyways, there a unexpectit bang and a bit o' a spark, and a wee bit o' mah screwdriver got burnt awa'. Nae big deal, and - that time - Ah didnae get electrycutit at a'.

Ah feenishes ra joab and thinks Whit's that hissin' soond?

Ah'm searchin' fur ra source o' this alarmin' soond a' ower ra kitchen. Turns oot Ah'd managed to blaw a tottie wee hole in ra cault watter pipe that the earth wire wiz attached tae.

Ra plumber soartit it.

Ah take it that it widnae be wise tae simply remove thon wire fae ra watter mains pipe tae prevent similar proablems in ra future?


Naw.


How no? Plumbers is affie expensive these days.


No hauf as expensive as an undertaker
Heidy

Who bothuurs aboot undertakirs? They canny chase ye up fur ra bill if yer pan breid!
notanimby

Heidy wrote:
Who bothuurs aboot undertakirs? They canny chase ye up fur ra bill if yer pan breid!


Naw they cannae but they kin chase yer estate, so that 50 yoo left ra missus will be worth aboot 50p
Heidy

Ah me masel live in a semi no a fuggin estate...if Ah did Ah widny be talkin tae youse prols............ Very Happy
notanimby

Heidy wrote:
Ah me masel live in a semi no a fuggin estate...if Ah did Ah widny be talkin tae youse prols............ Very Happy


Shirley yoo mean in a state...............

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