Lachie's Electrical Tips

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Checkout and Subscribe to Lachlan’s electrical tips for some new views on electrical safety and economics, through the eyes of your local Wangaratta electrician. What to look for, what to protect from, and how to avoid paying too much

15 amp conversion?

Need a bigger plug to plug in the welder? The usual response is to grind off the Earth on the plug-top to make a 15 Amp into a 10 Amp!. Here is an unusual picture i took on a job recently of a 15 Amp socket that has been turned into a 20 amp socket!. Both grinding...

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Mouse Damage

Recently I removed this cable from an old building. A rat had tried to chew past the cable to get out a small hole. The rat is dead and luckily, in this case the circuit breaker prevented a fire. The circuit breaker, contactor and overload all needed to be replaced...

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Cable Art

Here is some " cable art". It's a dog that my son Archie built out of electrical parts recently while working with me on a...

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Don’t DIY

> Need a bigger plug to plug in the welder? The usual response is to grind off the Earth on the plug-top to make a 15 Amp into a 10 Amp! > Here is an unusual picture i took on a job recently of a 15 Amp socket that has been turned into a 20 amp socket! > Both grinding...

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Ok, so it’s Christmas and your busting to get the Christmas Lights out! right? Well my son has just bought some musical lights with his own 20 bucks that he’s worked hard to earn. Luckily he wants to put them in his bedroom and not the lounge-room!

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Biggest Windmill in North East Victoria

Ever wanted to see the BIGGEST WORKING WATER PUMPING WINDMILL in the North East of Victoria? Take a drive to Eldorado just near Beechworth and turn up cemetery Rd Just 2km up the road this big windmill pumps from 116 metres deep!

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Be aware!

Here is a photo of a spa motor I saw a while back outside a bathroom. Always be aware and if you see an electrical problem, get it fixed straight away. In this case, the customer had safety switches, but the spa was hardwired, therefore not on a safety switch.

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Electrical Tip #4: In the Roof

A few months back, I was in the roof of a house in Wangaratta and noticed that a bit of illegal electrical wiring had been done. If you are the sort of person that doesn’t mind Rats, Mice and Spiders, Get up in your roof and have a quick look around with a good torch.

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Electrical Tip #3: Smart Meters

Everyone is always asking me about Smart Meters. While the design of a smart meter will vary by date, with different power companies and your geographical location, here is an idea of what one might look like. This meter pictured is smart meter capable and …

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