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Mains cable

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by Locheeboy, Mar 21, 2023.

  1. Locheeboy

    Locheeboy pfm Member

    Just been given a length of mains cable for my turntable. It's single,solid colours - green/red/white. Should that go ...

    Green=Earth ?
    Red =live ?
    White=Neutral ?

    Thanks, Boab.
  2. Mike1965

    Mike1965 pfm Member

    Makes sense. As long as it's the same at both ends :D
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  3. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    The colours have no importance. The European norm is blue for neutral, brown for live and green/yellow for earth.
    But yes, what you suggest makes sense.
  4. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    Those have never been standard mains cable colours - are you sure the wire is suitable for use..?
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  5. Mike1965

    Mike1965 pfm Member

  6. Locheeboy

    Locheeboy pfm Member

    Aye, it's a UK company. The cable maker is in Taiwan ,but it's UK spec. Ah've since emailed the company and they said it's OFC mains, designed for Turntable and audio. There's a lot of info on the cable.They also said that my assumptions were correct re. wiring.
    Cheers, Boab. :cool:
  7. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Except that over here in NA live is black, red only if it is a second live, the latter as in two phase 120/240V for electric cookers and clothes dryers.
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’d assume that those colours would not meet UK safety regulations just on the basis of the colour and regardless of the quality of the cable. As such I’d not use it. It is just not something you should wire into a UK mains plug. This would be significant from an insurance perspective.
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  9. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Just to pile on, 'designed for turntable and audio' is patent nonsense.
  10. Maxbertola

    Maxbertola pfm Member

  11. Ian G

    Ian G pfm Member

    Correct you are.
  12. Ian G

    Ian G pfm Member

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  13. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

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  14. paulski

    paulski pfm Member

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  15. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    That is 18awg (i.e. American Wire Gauge) 3-wire thermostat cable. Perfect, if what the OP wants is to burn his house down.

    FYI, 18awg is the equivalent of Ø0.0403" / Ø1.024mm, aka 'dental floss' in the HVAC industry.
  16. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

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  17. Mike1965

    Mike1965 pfm Member

    OP hasn't revealed the identity yet...
  18. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

  19. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I suppose next you'll be telling me you can use the same speaker cable for any kind of music!

    (Obviously I have Belden speaker cable for jazz.... great!)

  20. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    That must be excellent stuff, apparently it has a quantum waveguide to get the electrons to move forward in an orderly manner.

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