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As above, is there a specific standard of flexible cable for portable appliances, e.g vacuum cleaner or can any 3182y etc cable be used?
 

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For something like a vacuum cleaner I might be inclined to try and source a replacement from the manufacturer.
 

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for appliances subject to a lot of movement in use e.g.vacuum cleaners, i prefer to use the more flexible cable flex. pond flex is great and it don't matter if you get it wet while the water clown is refitting your plumbing.
 
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After extensive research on my iPhone (takes forever), the BS6500 is the stuff for ordinary service for domestic & office appliances, now supersede by BS EN 5 something. Got a vacuum cleaner with a broken live in the flex. Boss said to start cutting off flex either end, to find break, then reconnect it.
Done that, but Housekeeping ain’t gonna be doing much hoovering, ‘cos the leads foot long now. Still carpet gonna be nice and clean near the sockets.:D
 

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I'm a stickler for best quality cable,for my portables,but the ones with a recoil drum,seem to work better with the cheaper,plasticky ones.

If you are passing a device on,to a worker or other,it very much has to be original spec :rolleyes:
 
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I'm a stickler for best quality cable,for my portables,but the ones with a recoil drum,seem to work better with the cheaper,plasticky ones.

If you are passing a device on,to a worker or other,it very much has to be original spec :rolleyes:
These particular vacuum cleaners (haven’t researched the manufacturer yet) currently have the orange sheathed flex associated with electric mowers. I have no idea if that’s original or not. But I have four of them with damaged flexes, two obvious and two with no continuity. So either fair wear & tear, or not fit for purpose.
 
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If they're being used by housekeeping in a hotel it won't matter what flex you use there's going to be regular failures. Try work out the MTBF and start replacing the cables at about 70 or 80% of their predicted lifespan. That way it will drastically reduce the inconvenience of random breakdowns, reduce the chances of more extensive damage to the equipment and also reduce the hazard of arc fires or user injury.
 
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If they're being used by housekeeping in a hotel it won't matter what flex you use there's going to be regular failures. Try work out the MTBF and start replacing the cables at about 70 or 80% of their predicted lifespan. That way it will drastically reduce the inconvenience of random breakdowns, reduce the chances of more extensive damage to the equipment and also reduce the hazard of arc fires or user injury.
Good idea & what the maintenance team should be doing. In reality, they'll get fixed when they don't work.
 

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