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It's been suggested to me to look into these to guard against killing myself from dodgy gear.

 

Never heard of it before but it essentially looks like a circuit breaker. I've got a new house and I know the breakers work. Do these do anything new ?

 

Also there's simple plug in versions that would be easier if I do. Some have multiple outlets so useful as multiple power outlet.

 

Thanks.

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You should have them installed in your switchboard but find a sparky if not in your board.

 

Something like this isn't a bad idea if you are building gear/playing around even if you do have them already installed in your switchboard.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/click-4-outlet-powerblock-with-rcd-safety-switch_p0135806

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7 minutes ago, Bunno77 said:

You should have them installed in your switchboard but find a sparky if not in your board.

 

Something like this isn't a bad idea if you are building gear/playing around even if you do have them already installed in your switchboard.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/click-4-outlet-powerblock-with-rcd-safety-switch_p0135806

https://www.bunnings.com.au/hpm-10-amp-electrosafe-portable-powercenter-with-usb-charger_p4331113

 

Paid a bit more and got the one above.  Well worth having esp when you have a bit of diy/imported gear.

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2 minutes ago, MrBurns84 said:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/hpm-10-amp-electrosafe-portable-powercenter-with-usb-charger_p4331113

 

Paid a bit more and got the one above.  Well worth having esp when you have a bit of diy/imported gear.

This is a much better suggestion. HPM make very good gear.
@eman Forgive my laziness for finding the first unit to appear and saying 'something like this'. I did find a clipsal unit but it was stupid money.

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2 hours ago, eman said:

It's been suggested to me to look into these to guard against killing myself from dodgy gear.

 

Never heard of it before but it essentially looks like a circuit breaker. I've got a new house and I know the breakers work. Do these do anything new ?

 

Also there's simple plug in versions that would be easier if I do. Some have multiple outlets so useful as multiple power outlet.

 

Thanks.

 

 

RCD/GFCI/ELCB/Safety switch     Check the rules but for Queensland I found this

 

Queensland

If a home has been sold after 1 September 2002, a licensed electrical contractor can only do installation work if a safety switch is being installed as part of that work or if it is an emergency.

All leased domestic residences must have safety switches on their power points.

When a house is sold without a safety switch, it must have one installed within three months.

Safety switches for lighting is not compulsory, but recommended.

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35 minutes ago, Bunno77 said:

You should have them installed in your switchboard but find a sparky if not in your board.

 

Something like this isn't a bad idea if you are building gear/playing around even if you do have them already installed in your switchboard.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/click-4-outlet-powerblock-with-rcd-safety-switch_p0135806

 

26 minutes ago, MrBurns84 said:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/hpm-10-amp-electrosafe-portable-powercenter-with-usb-charger_p4331113

 

Paid a bit more and got the one above.  Well worth having esp when you have a bit of diy/imported gear.

 

22 minutes ago, Bunno77 said:

This is a much better suggestion. HPM make very good gear.
@eman Forgive my laziness for finding the first unit to appear and saying 'something like this'. I did find a clipsal unit but it was stupid money.

Thanks guys.

It's for a cheap import. Suggested as a just in case idea, but maybe adds a safety level generally anyway.

 

I do have a standard box full of circuit breakers on the house that I know do work.

 

I was looking at exactly the ones you linked.  What I didn't notice was the different manufacturer.

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13 hours ago, aussievintage said:

 

 

If your house has one, as it should, then you don't need to buy anything.   If your house doesn't, get one installed soonest

Thanks. That was what I thought to start with.

 

House is New so it has all the right gear. I also know it works from when I had an electrical fault in a brand new RCM.

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13 hours ago, aussievintage said:

 

 

If your house has one, as it should, then you don't need to buy anything.   If your house doesn't, get one installed soonest

Mine didnt - hence why i got one a while back.  Since i updated the circuit box last month, its got an RCD wired for each circuit.  

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6 minutes ago, eman said:

House is New so it has all the right gear. I also know it works from when I had an electrical fault in a brand new RCM.

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