Re: Sutronics controller pictures posted.
Stiff, hard/solid core wire will help a lot.
Just because you have run it without problems for five years doesn't mean it will always be
safe. If anything, the risk of failure increases with age.
Kids were my main concern. Those damn inquisitive little fingers.
And I wasn't actually expecting or suggesting that you submit your box for a formal
inspection. Apart from anything else, it is illegal for an unqualified person to do electrical
wiring. No point in dobbing yourself in! :-)
Glad to hear you take electrical safety seriously, some don't. Sorry if I seemed a bit
insistent, but I know a fair bit more about electrical safety than your average wombat, and
there are very good reasons for the strict wiring rules, it is definitely not just bureaucracy
gone mad. Electricity maims and kills very easily and quickly, I have seen the results first
hand more than once, and the tragedy is that it is nearly always easily preventable.
Just make sure your earth is always in good condition, and the circuit breakers (or power
points) you are running through are the Residual Current Device type (also called Earth
Leakage breaker, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or Appliance Leakage Current
Interrupter), and you shouldn't have any problems. RCDs are standard in Australian
buildings and your house almost certainly will have them fitted. But some old buldings
may not. If you don't have them fitted you can buy stand alone RCD power points on the
end of an extension cord that just plug into normal power points. Most hardware stores
carry them. RCDs are particularly important in situations, such as distilling, where you
might get water around your work area. The trade guys use them all the time on building
sites. Wikipedia also has a good article on them.
Cheers for a safe hobby.