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Hi again all ex-pats,

You'll be glad when we've actually moved over to France and stopped asking all these questions!
If we have a small UK wired item ie iron, toaster, kettle etc is it possible to use just two of the three wires to connect to a French plug or will that cause problems?

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No problems at all - there are French 3-pin plugs available so you can connect the earth wire as normal.

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Can't agree that it's no problem.
If your UK wired appliance is just a domestic appliance and has 3 wires, then one is THE earth. Yes, it will work fine with 2 wires, UNTIL there is a fault. That could be in 2 or 5 years time. Then rather than blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker, your appliance could become LIVE and some might be killed.
Hope this advice helps -- Kind regards - Lew - a qualified electrician.

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Can't agree that it's no problem.
If your UK wired appliance is just a domestic appliance and has 3 wires, then one is THE earth. Yes, it will work fine with 2 wires, UNTIL there is a fault. That could be in 2 or 5 years time. Then rather than blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker, your appliance could become LIVE and some might be killed.
Hope this advice helps -- Kind regards - Lew - a qualified electrician.
Thanks for your advice Lew. I actually thought it could be dangerous which is why I asked the question. I think I'll stick with French appliances and not take the risk.

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But it would not be dangerous if you replaced the UK 3-pin plug with a French (earthed) 3-pin plug - which is what I attempted to say the first time

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But it would not be dangerous if you replaced the UK 3-pin plug with a French (earthed) 3-pin plug - which is what I attempted to say the first time

Sorry Tinabee - I misunderstood your comment. You're correct.

The only other thing to be aware of is if the appliance has a switch on it (eg. the flick switch of a kettle or even the push down lever of a toaster), then it's important to ensure that it's the active that is switched and not the neutral. Reason being, if the neutral is switched instead of the active and the appliance is plugged in, it appears off. This is until someone then sticks their finger or a knife into it, it immediately becomes "on" through them.
This is why so many home made extenstion leads are potentially dangerous.
International standard is now brown for active, blue for neutral and green/yellow for earth, but I'm not sure how carefully French builders/sparkies adhere to that.

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Thanks to everyone for all their help with the electricity query.

Got another one now: I tried buying wool from a shop in St Junien and struggled to find the right words for 'double knitting, 4 ply, baby wool, chunky and the equivalent of Aran. The woman there was completely disinterested in my efforts, really rude and offhand. It's the first time I've come across this so was a bit upset (obviously very naive). Anyway, I've tried Google translate and my Robert French dictionary and not really found anything. I love to knit so would be grateful if anyone can give me a clue as to what these terms would be in French. I'd love to go back to that shop and be able to ask for what I want.
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Thanks to everyone for all their help with the electricity query.

Got another one now: I tried buying wool from a shop in St Junien and struggled to find the right words for 'double knitting, 4 ply, baby wool, chunky and the equivalent of Aran. The woman there was completely disinterested in my efforts, really rude and offhand. It's the first time I've come across this so was a bit upset (obviously very naive). Anyway, I've tried Google translate and my Robert French dictionary and not really found anything. I love to knit so would be grateful if anyone can give me a clue as to what these terms would be in French. I'd love to go back to that shop and be able to ask for what I want.
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You could try the website Tricotin. Click on the French heading "cours" where you will find a dictionary and an encyclopedia with pictures. Hope this helps.

The rare times I've encountered genuine rudeness or poor service, I just take my business elsewhere -- online, if there's no B&M alternative. In fact, that's how I found a great bookseller.

Salut, Charlot

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most appliances, power drills, toasters, etc are not grounded. they are fabbed with 2 wires from 1 factory and have plugs fitted for uk or eu/ japan.

desktop computers, washing machines, cookers, must be grounded. modern french electrical work must be grounded by law.

the fuse will blow in your fusebox if there is an issue. unless you have a large steel lamp or a steel appliance, shorting is less hazardous.

you can buy a bunch of 3 wire french sockets of the modern EU standard and re wire your gear, you you can bring your english fused multiplug boxes and stick a french 3 pin plug on them and you have a 4 plug uk converter.

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A bit of a diversion, but has anyone found "5 amp 3 core cable" in France. Here in the south Of France in a house built in 1980 there are no earths used fir lighting pendants etc. do I really have to use 2 core plus a pretty green and yellow?

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