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I was called to a house today where the home owner had experienced arcing (enough to cause scorching on outside of socket) on 3 sockets on the same ring with 3 different appliances causing the MCB to trip on each occasion. I took socket fronts off - no loose connection, continuity good on ring, earth loop good and rcd tested.
I was puzzled. I did think that maybe the baby socket protectors which were in each socket could possibly have something to do with it as I have heard they can cause socket front damage and was wondering if anyone else had come across anything similar?
 
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buzzlightyear

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the cover for the plug pin will not cause scorching ,but appliance might, a wall heater drawing to much current .
 
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If the pins on the protectors are too big, they can deform the spring contacts in the socket so they do not make good contact with the plug pins.
 

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You sometimes get a snowball effect where one plug has an arcing fault and that damaged plug then gets plugged into other sockets which in turn get arc damaged and they then cause damage to other plugs that are used in them....and so on. Before you know it's spread like measels through an anti-vaxers family and you've got several damaged plugs and sockets all in the same vicinity.
 
Take the protectors out and throw them in the bin.....and tell them not to use them again
 

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Hi - I'd probably replace the 3 outlets as we can't tell the condition of their internal contacts.
 
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