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worwood worwood
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  • Posted on: 28/8/2006 1:09
Re: An odd UK RCD problem, I am not sure if the same things would apply elsewhere #11
oh okie - just wondered.
No good with electronics, my dad does all that stuff, but i noticed the 'circuit breaker' as i describe it below being sold as rcd units recently which is what made me ask.

We always used the term 'circuit breaker' at home for those things you plug into a plug socket for say, when you're mowing the lawn; so if I managed to mow over the lawn mower lead it would cut the power to the lawn mover.
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Re: An odd UK RCD problem, I am not sure if the same things would apply elsewhere #12
Worwood your plug in thing is almost certainly an RCD.
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Re: An odd UK RCD problem, I am not sure if the same things would apply elsewhere #13
Two links that explain the difference quite well...

http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/electrical/consumer.htm

http://www.niceic.org.uk/consumers/fusebox.html

I'd always assumed that the fusebox we had where I used to live had an RCD but actually it was just circuit breakers.