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It shouldn't overload them in normal use but using too many high-current devices at once on one gang could trip the circuit-breaker. One point to note is that the circuit-breakers seem to be outside the house here and naturally they will only trip late at night when it's raining!
Can I put the same question to the learned panel regarding UK spec telephones?
If the standard BT style telephone socket connector thingy is incompatible, then can you just change the lead thus avoiding the expense of buying Aussie pattern telephones in their entirety.
Or should I add 'dog and bones' to my 'things to buy when we get there' list?
Last edited by FlyByNight; 21-10-2008 at 04:27 PM.
3 Things in life that don't come back - The Spoken Word, The Sped Arrow and the Missed Opportunity.
For phones you need a BT to RJ11 adaptor to use your existing cable. These are easily available from B&Q, Tandy, Comet, Curries etc. However if you look at where the cable attaches to the phone, unless it's a pretty old phone you can actually unplug it & replace it with an RJ11 cable.
Point to note: There's no guarantee that a UK phone (particularly cordless ones) will work properly here. Cordless ones are supposed to be "Austel" approved (with a sticker on the back, much like BT in the early 80's) & I'd imagine you could get fined if found using an unauthorised phone. Common problems with a foreign phone are funny dialling tones, poor (or no) ringing tone and low volume.
We bought an $8 phone in the USA and that works fine here. Have just had the wireless ones from the UK but need to buy new batteries for them so haven't tried them yet.... I'll let you know!
I was concerned about the 'electrickery' before... Now I'm really worried and am considering buying circuit breakers for all the sockets!! :GEEK:
As long as you have a reasonably modern ECB (circuit-breaker) board and it's installed correctly you should be ok, but it is one of the reasons I like having fuses in my plugs! I'm really not sold on the idea of them being outside & exposed to the elements though!
The biggest thing is to make sure that the individual breakers are of the correct amperage (current) so that they WILL trip if things get nasty. If you have any doubts get a qualified sparky to check them. If you're renting, contact the agent.