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Tip of the week: Beware multi-plug adaptors

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Many of us live in homes that were built before the new generation of technology arrived.

Mrs Mac is demanding to become a regular part of the column and is not happy unless I mention her ideas. I don’t mind because what she comes up with either brightens our home or makes life easier.

One of my pet concerns is ensuring that a home is as safe as possible from being destroyed by fire and I have often campaigned against the use of multi-plug adaptors, extension leads and so on.

Many of us live in homes that were built before the new generation of technology arrived. When we moved into our home, we did not have a computer, let alone a cellphone, and every fitting came with a three-prong plug.

As things changed, I would cut off the new two-prong and fit a three-prong, then we got adaptors for twoprongs and so the mass of adaptors stuck into every socket grew. As we did alterations, we always put in extra power points but still the three-prong standard.

Now you can get power outlets that come standard with two-point sockets and even USB ports.

These have been around for a while and are being incorporated into new builds, but unless you are wandering around an electrical retail outlet you will not spot them.

So, I have been tasked with upgrading our power points – a great idea and I will report back next week on what is possible and at what cost.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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