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In Reply to: RE: Dangerous AC delivery device posted by Duster on April 05, 2017 at 11:56:44
you dont think it would throw 15A breaker if it dead shorted? It would. Im not big on the OP choice of double sided scotch tape though.
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed" - Curly Howard 1936
A dead short should cause the breaker to trip. But the bigger danger is in using unrated and imperfectly applied insulation materials resulting in a current flow between the conductors. Not a dead short, but enough to generate heat, causing further and escalating breakdown of the insulation, and in the end, a fire. Ribbon material may be great for interconnects and speaker cables, but is a very risky endeavor for DIY power cords, IMO.
If you have no idea what the voltage rating of the insulating material is.. You really cannot use it.
I have never seen the voltage rating listed of 'double sided Scotch tape'. Nor of 'generic packing tape'.
Sorry for not better clarifying; I had NO intention of using packing tape as the insulator for a power cord; I simply used that for the speaker cables, given its ease of application and the low voltages involved. I was wondering if it might be possible to make a power cord using the ribbon conductor, if it were insulated with appropriate heat shrink rated to 600V, or similar. Would this still be a bad idea?
Thanks so much,
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