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.
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.
@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.
@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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