Uncle Sam's Birthday

He started in on me and kept it going, if he can't take what he dishes out then it's best to STFU. Problem is he doesn't know how or when to do that. Can't be bothered sticking him on ignore, just no longer bother reading his/the biff posts of a year after year SPOTY nominee.
Irony...
 
Only in America is it considered wise (let alone legal) to install an unswitched electrical socket next to a sink...
It is illegal to install an electrical socket next to a sink, tub, shower, spigot, or outside in the US unless it is GFCI protected. Your lot might call that RCD, and think you don't need it if you put your socket on a switch.
 
Not trying to be argumentative, just curious, but doesn’t that only apply to builds after that code came into effect or ones that have undergone renovation?
Charles Dalziel (of UC Berkeley) was instrumental in the improvement of Henri Rubin's (CJ FUCH's, Johannisburg) "Earth Leakage Protective Systems" of the mid 50's into the highly effective GFCI of the 60s. By the early 70s, most US homes had panel located GFCI protection for circuits that led to potentially wet areas. By the 80s most US homes had upgraded to individual GFI protected outlets on their own circuits, or outside circuits and appliances like water heaters, on their own dedicated GFI circuits in the panel, to avoid that nasty trip issue for everything that seems to still happen in the UK when the element in the water tank, or dishwasher, gets a bit old.
 
There’s an easy explanation for that as we’ve discussed elsewhere: :p

From Another Fine Mess, British motorist Tim Moore’s account of crossing the continental USA in a Model T Ford via Trump-voting areas:

“...Since setting off I’d been routinely struck by the anachronistic trappings of daily life, the fixtures and fittings that dated America’s high-water mark to somewhere around 1962. The weedy 110-volt power supply that struggled to boil my bedroom kettles. The crappy, wobbly two-pin plugs...”
Yes, well when you buy a cheap adapter to run your antique 220V Anglo-plug kettle in 110v outlets in old southern abodes that haven't had a remodel since the 60s because you INSIST on it to fit your **** America theme... you get a wobbly fit, and have to wait for the coil to heat a little longer. If you buy a new ******* kettle for $7, and spend a little more for a room in something remodeled or built after the 70s, you'd have nowt to fill and sell your tedious screeds.
 

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It is illegal to install an electrical socket next to a sink, tub, shower, spigot, or outside in the US unless it is GFCI protected. Your lot might call that RCD, and think you don't need it if you put your socket on a switch.
Our entire ring main has to be on a fuse or, latterly, an RCD breaker. And we're still not allowed to put sockets next to the sink or in the bathroom (except for low current special shaver only sockets - and they're usually in a light fitting above eye level, well away from splashing water). And sockets all have switches.
 
It is illegal to install an electrical socket next to a sink, tub, shower, spigot, or outside in the US unless it is GFCI protected. Your lot might call that RCD, and think you don't need it if you put your socket on a switch.
A typical domestic RCD consumer panel like ours. Individual breakers are dedicated to specific sub-circuits of the ring-main or heavyweight appliances. Each electrical socket also has its own local switch. High power appliances (e.g. cookers and ranges) are hard-wired with a thick, heat-resistant cable and accessible double pole isolating switch.

RCD Domestic Consumer Panel.jpg
 
It is illegal to install an electrical socket next to a sink, tub, shower, spigot, or outside in the US unless it is GFCI protected. Your lot might call that RCD, and think you don't need it if you put your socket on a switch.
But it's not illegal to have a firearm, to potentially go on a mass shooting jolly. Health and safety at it's finest.
 
Yes, well when you buy a cheap adapter to run your antique 220V Anglo-plug kettle in 110v outlets in old southern abodes that haven't had a remodel since the 60s because you INSIST on it to fit your **** America theme... you get a wobbly fit, and have to wait for the coil to heat a little longer. If you buy a new ******* kettle for $7, and spend a little more for a room in something remodeled or built after the 70s, you'd have nowt to fill and sell your tedious screeds.
I rather think he was referring to the wobbly plug on the inevitable kettle (previous contents always to be suspected) provided in his motel rooms.

US two pin plug.jpg
 
What is this 'retire' of which you speak?

That is the day when you wake up at 0530hrs automatically, as you have done for the last 40+ years,, realise that you do not have to get up, go back to sleep, roll out at 0730hrs, and find that the day is yours, and it dawns on you, that you haven't a clue what to do with yourself, replicate this for about 3 months. By 1000hrs a plan has formulated, IE:- late breakfast, casual read of the papers, slow walk to the shops, noodle about aimlessly, go for a pint. repeat again for a month or so, then the reality kicks in, her indoors will give you a list of household DIY jobs that would make a construction boss cry. and so your family pile takes on the mantel of a building site, and in about 3 years time, and £31K later, its done your gaff is the talk of the neighbourhood, you are now a shadow of your former self, she is ecstatic, and you are both almost skint.

All the above is taken from the memoirs of a retired sparky, who has paid off his mortgage, and all the sprogs have pissed off, and has jacked it in after 50 years pulling his guts out on some of the dirtiest, smelliest, stinking, shit hole construction sites, power stations, steel mills, foundry's, shit farms and production factory's in the UK. Who now rolls out at about 0800hrs and now tosses it off on ARRSE, checks and answers his E-Mail, writes his weekly bit of nonsense for the local rag, sits in the garden sky watching, ( With coffee & Biscuits) mows the lawn, and gets out and about at leisure, in my own time, nobody clocking me in or out, no bloody reams of paper work, no agencies ripping me off, Elf & safety pricks mithering me, foremen being cnuts.............that's retirement....Oh! and 3 pensions to piss up the wall......sorted.
 
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