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need to replace a two-pin plug but NO IDEA! Please help!

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slummybutyummy Sun 07-Jun-09 22:37:59

I need to replace a very old german two-pin plug - do I just cut it off? Will the wires be ok to wire into a 3 pin plug? Can't believe I don't know, it's a bit lame but I have no idea blush

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sun 07-Jun-09 22:46:54

Bumping as I'd like to know about this too as I have a French plug on an uplighter I'd like to sort out.

Lilymaid Sun 07-Jun-09 22:58:00

You will need to cut the cable unless you can open up the existing plug. After that follow these instructions on how to wire a plug.

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sun 07-Jun-09 23:16:36

But is it just wiring a plug or is it likely to be different because it's a foreign cable? would they be different voltages for example? the two pin plug only has two wires, and as far as I remember, the British ones still have three wires...

BoffinMum Sun 07-Jun-09 23:29:49

My dad's an engineer, and he told me that wiring colours and voltage are now standard across the EU. So just cut off the plug (which will be moulded) and wire the two wires as usual into a UK plug. (Brown right, blue left).

I can't remember what continentals do about the earth (third wire), but you probably won't need to know that.

BoffinMum Sun 07-Jun-09 23:33:06

Or try this perhaps?

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sun 07-Jun-09 23:37:41

Ahhh! thank you BoffinMum from me!!! grin

slummybutyummy Mon 08-Jun-09 01:23:16

Thanks everyone - this machine is about 30 years old - will that make a difference?

Tortington Mon 08-Jun-09 02:37:10

i really don't want to state the bleedin obvious - but can't you just buy a travel adaptor?

HumpingAnteater Mon 08-Jun-09 02:45:30

Thanks everyone - this machine is about 30 years old - will that make a difference?

No- but I am curious to know what it is ?.

BoffinMum Mon 08-Jun-09 08:38:36

Custardo, in the UK they are usually shaver adaptors for sale, and only 1 amp, so not always of use.

BoffinMum Mon 08-Jun-09 08:39:46

The electrical technology hasn't changed in 30 years so you should be fine if the machine is in good repair.

slummybutyummy Mon 08-Jun-09 11:52:54

It's a sewing machine, nothing more exciting I'm afraid! Custardo - you're right about the adaptor but the only one I could find in my hovel lovely home was too loose. I know I have another somewhere under a mountain of crap filed away carefully but not sure where and as my organisational skills are unlikely to change I'd like to bypass the hunting for an adaptor problem each time I want to use it!

slummybutyummy Mon 08-Jun-09 11:53:33

Boffin you is like, well clever! Thanks grin

BoffinMum Fri 12-Jun-09 19:56:23

We Boffs aim to please!

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