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In Reply to: RE: Dangerous AC delivery device posted by Awe-d-o-file on April 06, 2017 at 21:39:10
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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