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To take or not to take - electronics

My husband thinks we should take all our UK appliances to Basel with us - TV, kettle, toaster, radio, phone chargers... you get the picture.

I think we should take a few things - the coffee machine (priorities) and maybe the TV, but thats about it.

We have an allowance for an unfurnished place in Basel, so its not like we wont have the money to buy a new TV and kettle...

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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

TV may not work, Swiss TV does not work in UK.
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

A modern TV should work fine. You know when you install a new TV, it asks which country are you in?

Bring it if you can receive a cable signal, go into the setup and look at the signal source selections. There are very few digital channels transmitted over the aerial here, almost all is via wired cable and this uses different frequency bands.

The rest, bring it all. Buy some British extension sockets, and fit a Swiss plug for all your phone chargers etc
Maybe buy one of these for each room? For best results, change the plugs to Swiss plugs,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Masterplug-I...3291385&sr=1-2

Don't bring heavy white goods, ie fridges, washing machines, dryers, ovens. They take up room, and are supplied in a rented apartment anyway.
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

I took everything except the TV when I moved over. You can buy new plugs for a couple of CHF each from Coop and many other places - a couple of minutes per appliance and you are good to go and have saved yourself a several hundred francs.
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

we brought everything over

if you can't be arsed to cut off the plugs just buy a multiplug in the uk and change the plug on that, then you can change the rest at your leisure
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Old 14.10.2014, 15:02
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

Cut off the plugs?! I wouldnt know how to do this (which is a damn shame because my father in Australia is an electrician!) Is this something i can just google and do myself?
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Cut off the plugs?! I wouldn't know how to do this (which is a damn shame because my father in Australia is an electrician!) Is this something i can just Google and do myself?
Ask your father for advice?
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Thoughts?
Leave the electricals to the man of the house...

You can occupy yourself with the kitchen department.
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Cut off the plugs?! I wouldnt know how to do this (which is a damn shame because my father in Australia is an electrician!) Is this something i can just google and do myself?
Not too difficult, I'm sure you know a friend who could show you.
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Leave the electricals to the man of the house...

You can occupy yourself with the kitchen department.
Do they cook these days?
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Do they cook these days?

no time what with the embroidery and kittens
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

My husband would know less than me about electronics - hence why he has a job in HR and not a manly job like you guys im sure!

I can assure you, I dont use the kitchen except to fill up my wine glass, so leaving me to the kitchen department wont help matters!

Guess ill ask Daddio, maybe my husbands work will pay for Dad to make a visit so he can do our electronics for us...
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

Take a pair of these, available from any DIY shop:


Chop off the cable as close as you can to the UK plug.

Carefully chop off about 3cm of the outer sheath using a knife, making sure not to cut into the inner sheaths around each of the 2 or 3 inner wires. Then chop off about 5mm of the inner sheath around each of the inner wires. YOu should end up with something looking like this:


Now unscrew the new Swiss plug you got from Coop and insert the inner wires into the appropriate holes as follows:
Brown -> L (for live)
Blue -> N (for neutral)
Yellow & Green -> the central pin (some appliances may not have this wire)

Screw up the plug and you are good to go. The first one may take you a bit longer to be sure you got it right, but after that it really only takes a few minutes.
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

hey op, I see you're a copper

You found my quad bike yet?
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no time what with the embroidery and kittens
There was me thinking it was just the nagging!
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hey op, I see you're a copper

You found my quad bike yet?
Get in line - she still hasn't located James May's television
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Cut off the plugs?! I wouldnt know how to do this (which is a damn shame because my father in Australia is an electrician!) Is this something i can just google and do myself?
Or just bring several multi socket strips for plugging in your UK stuff and buy a few adapters for the plug on the end. More than half of our stuff still has European plugs on it. No point changing every single appliance plug unless you know you will never return to the UK.

TV should work fine unless it's 20 years old.
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hey op, I see you're a copper

You found my quad bike yet?

You think coppers actually look for stolen property??! 😂
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Re: To take or not to take - electronics

Thank you genevasculler I have actually seen my dad do this, now I know what you mean by cut the plugs off!
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You think coppers actually look for stolen property??! 😂
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