Random musings that don't warrant their own thread

blizeH

Active Member
Thought it could be nice to have a thread full of random musings and questions that don't really deserve their own topic :)

Since I've ran out of plugs (again!) behind my TV, I have a couple of quick questions:

1. Generally what is the 'safe' maximum number of plugs to have on a double socket? I have a 6 bar and a 4 bar, but need to replace the 4 with another 6 I think.
2. I have lots of spare spare 4 adapters, and also one of the chunky three adapters (need this so my homeplug works) - is it generally okay to chain these things (within reason!)?

Thanks :)
 

jp_bl_68

Novice Member
So you've got a six bar in one socket and a four bar in the other and you want to change the four for another six? Can't see a problem with that.
 

blizeH

Active Member
Thanks jb, my girlfriend is absolutely insistent that it's a fire hazard (and it is a mess behind the TV to be fair!) so I was a little worried maybe I'd overload it. Should chaining be okay too? ie a four onto another four, or just one of the block style adapters on a four bar one.
 

jp_bl_68

Novice Member
I've chained block adapters to bar adapters (and vice versa) without having any problems. I'm not sure if it's safe though. I vaguely remember posting a thread about this a while ago and the general response was, if my memory serves me, "it's fine, don't worry about it".
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
Just make sure you don't do this:

 

blizeH

Active Member
LOL that is quality!

I'm gonna buy a 6 extension now, tenner from Tesco and surge protected - should be okay!
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
I own this: link (paid £25 summer 2009, shop around)

It kept my things alive when my old toaster tripped the mains
 

blizeH

Active Member
Thanks! Yours does look a lot better, but it's quite expensive... guess it's not worth being too much of a cheapskate considering how much the electricals plugged in are worth! :O
 

travid

Well-known Member
I need anger management to supplement my medication:(
 

sparkie1984

Distinguished Member
extension leads are irrelevant if correctly fused.

you will only ever pull the maximum rating then and will be perfectly safe! its just not recommended
 

Michael

Well-known Member
That.
Find the maximum draw power for every component in the circuit, add it up, divide by 240, and if the answer is <13, you're all good :)
 

sparkie1984

Distinguished Member
worst case you'll only pop the plug fuse anyway.

I have seen a house which had i think 4 4-way extensions plugged in behind a tv cabinet, while its messy, a trip hazard etc. but technically if all the plugs are not tampered with and have correct fusings you'll be fine. and own't be able to exceed the maximum 13A demand for the socket outlet
 

johntheexpat

Distinguished Member
So, random musings huh?

I was wondering......


Its a very French thing all this kissing as a greeting and if you don't kiss, then you shake hands. Well you probably all knew that. But at this time of year, most Mayors get the townsfolk together to wish them Happy New Year, give a brief spin on what they have planned for the town or village and offer a glass of wine and nibbles. Lovely.

So you go one of these events and there are several hundred people there, and they greet you with a kiss on both cheeks or a handshake. All the while wishing you "meilleur voeux (best wishes) et Sante, surtout! (above all good health)"

Its really very friendly. Except if one person has the flu or a cold, and they wish everyone good health and then kiss us all or at least shake our hands......

There is no escape. Everyone in the village will by the end of the day have been cross contaminated by all this embracing. "And above all good health". Next year I may take them at their word and stand up on the stage in a surgical mask and announce that for reasons of "above all good health" I ain't kissing no-one or shaking hands either.

I'm off to bed with a couple of paracetamol and a hot water bottle.
Aitichooooooooooo.
 

MrBlofeldt

Banned
So Chinese lanterns... bit of a novelty, and somewhat of an alternative to balloons filled with helium, but...!

Do they travel faster if it's colder ? would the speed of the lantern travelling through the air be inversely proportional to the temperature ? what speed is it realistically possible for a chinese lantern to achieve ?


been bugging me for weeks this !:D
 

Junglist

Active Member
Is it possible to fill your car up with petrol/diesel without having to keep on squeezing the nozzle? I only fill my car up when empty so I can be there for a while in the freezing cold.

I'm sure they have these auto-filling nozzles in other countries, just not the UK.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I think they phased them out in the UK when petrol stations started to become self service.
 

C225

Well-known Member
Is it possible to fill your car up with petrol/diesel without having to keep on squeezing the nozzle? I only fill my car up when empty so I can be there for a while in the freezing cold.

I'm sure they have these auto-filling nozzles in other countries, just not the UK.
They have the auto nozzels in the US, Can be more of a fire hazzard as you can create a small static charge getting in and out of the car which in theory could ignite.
 

blizeH

Active Member
So Chinese lanterns... bit of a novelty, and somewhat of an alternative to balloons filled with helium, but...!

Do they travel faster if it's colder ? would the speed of the lantern travelling through the air be inversely proportional to the temperature ? what speed is it realistically possible for a chinese lantern to achieve ?
Kinda interested by this too - let one off on New Years, it almost came back down but I gave it a quick blow and if flew off quick as hell - it was super cold then too, would be interesting to see if it's any different in the summer because it really did speed off almost a little too quickly for my liking!

Petrol auto nozzle would be awesome, they should bring that back!
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I can see the lanterns could potentially rise faster as the pressure differential between the hot light air in the balloon and the colder denser air will be even greater, but I don't know what effect the extra air density of the really cold air would have on air resistance and whether that would have an effect to counteract that of the hot air in the balloon giving extra lift in colder air. If that makes any sense... :)
 

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