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Power: requirements for all stallholders using electrical appliances


16A CEE-form (caravan) cable

See also:

generators and distro gear available for hire in Nelson
single phase and three phase mains supplies at venues in Nelson


If you can't justify the expense of buying (or the time and effort of borrowing) your cables, circuit breakers and/or lights, I do have a small range of such items that you can hire. Email or phone for details

Please Note:

Failure to comply with ANY of the following conditions will result in the disconnection of your power supply and the closure of your stall until you do comply, with NO REFUNDS of site and/or power fees

See also the HAZARDS page

Cables and Appliances - AS/NZS 3760:2010

All electrical appliances (microwaves, kettles, portable lights, etc) AND all power cables (a.k.a extension cords) must be tested and tagged in keeping with AS/NZS 3760:2010

Local Appliance/Cable Testers

Nelson Appliance
Kevin Gill
299a Queen Street

Same day service - open 9am ~ 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Phone 03 544 1080 or email to make an appointment

$10 (incl. GST) per appliance or 10A power cable

Get all of the appliances in your cart tested (but not the cart itself) by driving it to Kevin's yard in Oxford Mews.
Kevin says: It's not the easiest place to find, so you might want to pop into the shop in Queen Street for directions
Glenn Roberts Electrical (Nelson) Ltd
14c Vanguard Street

Please phone 03 546 9930 to make an appointment.

Open 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

$10 plus GST per Test and Tag of Appliance or 10A lead.
Repairs and tests for larger leads additional costs. Does not include testing of the cart itself.
Mitre 10
99 Quarantine Road
03 547 0747
Only $5 per appliance... but we're not really geared up for 'appointments' so no guarantee of a 'while you wait' style service

coiled cables are a

Power Cables

In the interests of safety and/or rapid fault-finding/fixing, ALL power cables (extension cords) must be:

fully uncoiled
coiled cables can overheat, posing fire and/or 'foot-tripping' hazards

heavy duty
If you want power supplied to you, then you'll need at least a 1.0mm commercial grade or, better yet, a 1.5mm light industrial grade cable

They're both readily available from many suppliers, in a variety of gig-friendly lengths (20m or more)

Get one!!!

The Proper Way To Coil A Cable Lesson
Learn how to coil a cable correctly

If you want to extend the life of a power cable and prevent it turning into a spirally, tangled mess that looks as though it belongs on an old telephone receiver, then do NOT coil your cable like it's a rope

Check out the You Tube video

It demonstrates a (fairly) simple technique that's variously known as 'over-and-under', 'French' and/or 'alternating' coiling

Whatever you call it, it works!
Got a cable that already looks a mess?

Try laying it out in the sun on a hot day (on a black asphalt tennis court is ideal) and then, when it's warm, coil it the correct way - applying a bit of force if necessary
No 'domestic' cables

It's a false economy using 'domestic' grade cables.
Sure, they might be a bit cheaper to buy, but usually they are far too short to reach all the way from your stall to the nearest distro-box, often 15m or more

Also, they're not designed for the loads and stresses of repeated use at outdoor gigs

Before long, they'll get damaged and then end up in the landfill

Not exactly in keeping with the 'towards zero waste' philosophy

clearly identifiable
labels at both (the male and the female) ends
a hand-written label using a vivid marker pen on a bit of masking tape or duct tape is OK
portable RCD
fitted with a 30mA circuit breaker
Surges often occur simply as a result of switching on (or off !) high-powered equipment such as coffee machines, kettles, microwave ovens, etc

With your own in-line circuit breaker (a portable RCD and/or a surge protector multiboard) fitted at the 'business end' of your power supply (i.e. at your stall), not only will you save time (no need to traipse all the way to the distribution box to reset a circuit breaker) you'll also further minimise the risk of
  1. electrocuting yourself and/or your customers
  2. tripping out the power supply to other stalls
surge protector multiboard

The last time I looked (06 June, 2013), Mitre 10 Mega were retailing

Working Lights

power-clip-lamp-left power-energy-saver-bulb power-clip-lamp-right power-energy-saver-bulb

From sunset onwards, lighting can (does!) help make stalls look much more 'professional'

From dusk onwards, lighting is essential

Candles are NOT an option

Clip-on bedside lamps are very easy to rig/point, cheap to buy ($24.99 at Briscoes, even cheaper if you can find them at the Reuse/Recycle centre, aka Mitre 11) and - with energy saver bulbs - fit hand-in-glove with the Working Towards Zero Waste initiative

Electrical Warrants of Fitness

All catering vehicles that "contain a connectable installation" (e.g. carts, caravans, buses, etc - including those equipped with their own generators) must display a current electrical WOF - Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010

Connectable installations

76 No supply without warrant of electrical fitness

  1. Before permitting or authorising a connection for the supply of electricity to a connectable installation in a vehicle, relocatable building, or pleasure vessel, the person supplying electricity must verify that the connectable installation has a current warrant of electrical fitness.
  2. A person who supplies electricity commits a grade B offence if he or she fails to comply with subclause (1).

Colour coding of wires for flexible cords (Single Phase)

10A Socket Safety Tester - Results

Green light
Correct wiring
Orange neon slow flashing light
Missing earth
Orange flickering light
Incorrect polarity

If a 3-wire flexible cord is used on a double insulated electrical appliance, the green/yellow wire MUST be connected at the plug but must NOT be connected to any part of the double insulated appliance. The green/yellow wire must be cut back to the outer insulation of the flexible cord... July 2004.pdf

The colour coding of the wires for NEW flexible cords will be:

Active (Phase), symbol A, P or L
Neutral, symbol N
Earth, symbol E

The colour coding of the wires for OLD flexible cords will be:

Active (Phase), symbol A or P
Neutral, symbol N
Earth, symbol E

This page was last updated: January 28 2015
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