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I've been out of touch for a while with work, life and everything else in between.
Today I thought perhaps I might post a few pics about a little problem I had recently, just to ensure our new members and perhaps a few older ones may read and take notice about the electrical safety issues we face in this hobby and the possible outcomes including burn outs, fires or even death!
Just in case I'm in AU and we have 240v with standard wiring at 10 amps, some of us are lucky enough to have 3 phase with up to 60-80 amps, in these pic's I was using the 2 legs of a 3 phase with 15 amp leads, sockets and switches, all running with 3600w elements (15amp) with and without a controller.
The problem, hot, overheated and almost melting ....
One leaking element + power + 3 concurrent stripping runs and the breaker did not trip before I noticed something not quite right, felt the lead and it was "hot" yanked the lead out while dropping the electrical board main switch to off and ready to grab one of the two fire extinguishers I keep right near the still and mains board. Got lucky with this one, as I had been touching the boiler and column during heat out and throughout the run.
Notice the rust on one leg of the element and the inside of the element, note: no liquid was seen "leaking" from the weep hole in the guard seal its at least 5mm gap.
Both my elements have a ground connected, next job is to ensure a RCD is working and not bypassed or wired incorrectly. Not in a rush to run again until all checked and I have replaced all power points, leads and plugs.