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Fuse Holder Follies

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tekochip
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Not the whole country
tekochip   8/29/2013 11:46:21 AM
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That's certainly an odd problem and a good example of why I tell people to troubleshoot everything rather than just replacing parts.

 

I'm not sure I would suggest anything designed in a particular country would be faulty, though. 

Well, maybe China.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   8/29/2013 1:22:07 PM
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Yes, it is surprising. right up there with "The computer wonldn't work because it wasn't plugged in."

shehan
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shehan   8/29/2013 1:30:06 PM
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@tekochip – It's always good to trouble shoot than just replacing a fuse. It might take a bit more time to check the connections but sure it's worth than replacing the whole product. 

shehan
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shehan   8/29/2013 1:34:14 PM
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@Rob – It's always good to be careful when you remove internal components, always make sure you remove the plug from the power outlet. Also its vital to wear rubber foot wear to ensure you don't damage internal components for static electricity. 

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a.saji   8/29/2013 11:49:27 PM
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@Shehan: Good point on safety precautions. Its vital that you follow the steps since you never know where things might pop up in electricity. Its not visible at any point. So being careful is the best way.     

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radio-active   8/30/2013 8:30:29 AM
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Why would you say only the Germans could make a fuse holder that fails?

I'm not even German and I find that offensive.

Fuse holders (cartridge style) are among the most failure prone electro-mechanical components I've come across. The typically have poor quality contacts, inadequate spring pressure, and use metals dissimilar to the fuse itself. Any exposure to water or humidity and the corrosion begins. I've found them bad in motorcycles, boats, and trailers. Take them apart and you'll find bad wire crimps, green corrosion, fatigued springs, tin whisker growth, and degraded plastics.

I always end up replacing them with sealed type automotive holders, the ones with attached rubber boots. These will outlast the machine they are installed in. Just did this in my boat last weekend.

Pretty basic troubleshooting. Not really newsworthy.

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AJ2X   8/30/2013 8:59:12 AM
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Yeah, that "only a German" comment was way out of line.  It should never have made it to print.  Rotten components exist everywhere -- sometimes caused by poor design, inappropriate materials, sloppy manufacturing, lousy maintenance -- and are not the provenance of a single country.  It would have been better if the writer had expanded on the failure mechanism in the fuseholder rather than the country of origin.

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OLD_CURMUDGEON   8/30/2013 2:03:32 PM
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Rob! 

You should be ashamed of yourself for allowing this blog to make it to the airwaves.  Criticizing German technology in the low-class, demeaing, insulting manner with which this entry was made is totally classless, and doesn't belong in a technical magazime forum.  While freedom of speech IS a sacred right in the U.S., this commentary was not only offensive, but totally without merit & not GERMAiNe to the story.

p.s.  I am of GERMAN descent, and VERY proud of it, although my pride for the U.S. is far and away MORE important to me and has been for my entire life!

 

shehan
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shehan   8/30/2013 11:58:58 PM
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@a.saji – It's always important to take precautions before something happens. The slightest mistake could easily set up a fire damaging your entire property. 

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Battar   9/1/2013 1:31:22 AM
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I think he means to say that only a German company can sell a component at quality price, with quality expectations, and then have it fail. When a cheap far-east component fails, it's still living up to expectations.

My mother told me never to buy a German car - her experience with Messerschmidt,  Heinkel, Focke-Wulf, Junkers, and BMW quality technology was too up close and personal in 1939-1945.

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