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Alright, I have a plug (http://www.reuk.co.uk/OtherImages/13-amp-plug.jpg) where I wired L, N and E accordingly.

Then I have a wall socket (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/G_plug.png) where I wired L, N and E accordingly as well.

What I did was I pluged in my plug into the wall socket to test for connectivity.
The E wire of my plug is successfully connected to the E wire of the wall socket.
The N wire of my plug is successfully connected to the N wire of the wall socket.

When I tested the L wire of the plug with the L wire of the socket, there does not seem to be any connectivity.

Is my socket faulty, or am I missing out on some information on sockets?
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Check the internal fuse in the plug (UK plug)

Test power socket by plugging in an appliance which works.


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There should be markings in the plug.

A for Active or Phase
N for Neutral
E for Earth

The phase should be on the fuse terminals of the plug and connected to the red or brown wire of the flexible cord.


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Faulty multimeter.... reminds me 30 years ago when I was up a ladder, to rewire a 3 phase junction box. I tested each of the phases to see if they were dead, and all I'd saw on the test meter was a very slight movement on the meter needle, not even a volt. OK I thought.

So I went down the ladder and placed the meter on the bench and then returned back to the top of the ladder, carried out the wiring, which was replacing a fuse holder, and completed the job.

Then when I got down the ladder back on the ground and looked at the meter on the bench I was so 'shocked' that I nearly fell over. It was set to DC VOLTS, not AC. So I went up to the top of the ladder again, with the meter set to AC this time, and read 240 volts on each phase. I had done the rewiring with the box live and didn't know it because I thought the meter was saying the circuit is dead. I learned something that day I would never forget!

Moral: I'm personally responsible for making sure the meter works properly! :)


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Basic electrical safety is


your meter before and after on a known live source.


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Be careful Viann. You say the L is not connected to the other L when you test, BUT the appliance works.

That is the exact symptom you get when you have reversed the L and N wires in the lead.

Which I also said 5 posts ago. :(
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