After moving from Ireland to the Netherlands, I still have lots of electrical stuff that I almost never use, mostly as they still have the bulky UK plug and it hasn’t annoyed me yet enough to change it. For most stuff that I use not that often I just get one of the adapters I have now everywhere.
A different story is my cable drums. The plug is one thing, quick and easy, but on the socket side, I would need an adapter again. and hence my mod or hack or whatever…
A few screws later the inner live was out, and I made space for the new socket by cutting out some of the plastic. I wanted to reuse the existing mounting points for the adapter I wanted to design, so I looked for a way the new socket I got from a local DIY store (thanks gamma) fitted best in the inside.
Now, what is extremely handy to have at home when you want do do stuff like that is having a laser cutter at home. But even if not you can use one of the online services, visit the next hackerspace or of course ask me 😉 Now the design I came up with is here… I cut my parts with 5mm white Perspex as the 3 layers would give me exactly the distance I needed from the bottom and to have the socket as flush as possible.
a test fit to see if what worked in my head also works in reality
yay, so far so good 🙂
I used M4 screws to fix the socket to the adapter, . electrical connection to the sockets. now with this flexible cable it is a good idea to use some ferrules, safety and so.
I made a hole in the plastic wall where the cable comes in so I can use a zip tie to secure the cable from pulling on the connection. the holes matched, the wires are routed ok, the socket can go in.
The front was just a pushing it together. Really happy with my design as it is a super snug fit. On the front I also engraved the usual cable lenght, max. amp etc. a property info and some tribal for the fun of it. now in the light here it is hard to read on my pic… maybe I will infill it one day LOL.
and then the cover is simply screwed on top.
E voila, I can use my cable drum again. without silly adapters.
thanks for reading