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That was from the days when TV was still black and white and had two channels: “Catweazle”. Catweazle was an English TV children's series that aired for two seasons in the United Kingdom (and other countries): in 1970 and 1971. In the Netherlands, seasons 1 and 2 of the series were broadcast by NOS; for the first time on Sunday, January 4, 1970.
The series tells the story of the 11th-century, eccentric, incapable, smelly but above all touching wizard Catweazle. On the run from the Normans, a failed spell (he tries to fly, but it turns out very differently) ends up in England in the second half of the 20th century: he has traveled through time for 900 years. He is very surprised, especially about electricity. "Electricery".
That electrickery is often a big thing for us too
Especially because old cable looms often suffer from corrosion and spontaneously sprouted twigs for extra lamps, bells and bypasses of pieces of cable harness that were once affected by woodworm or rotten branches.
The story recently became topical during a visit to Joop, the former manager of Motorcamping Het Dijkje. Joop once had a thorough automotive training and he looked with disapproval at the compression plugs that feed the rear lights of my Guzzi. “Those are nonsense. They are an absolute guarantee against malfunctions.” I knew that. But I once had them on hand at the end of the day when my back went on strike. The idea was to handle the matter better later on. It hasn't happened yet. Joop said that when motorcycles or cars with electrical problems passed by in 'his time', he first checked whether the plugs had been made carelessly. If plugs or connectors were in the picture, they were removed from between the wires. Then the connections were soldered. “In nine out of ten cases you were already rid of all the problems.”
Working well with the famous AMP plugs is already a big step forward
But keep in mind that the banger offers of this kind of plug connections from China are often bad. Also remember that investing a few bucks in special clamping pliers for these plugs is a great idea. The connection between plug and copper wire must be optimal.
Lots of options
In the context of ideal solutions, if the all-knowing algorithm catches you tinkering, you are overrun by providers of a new way of tying electrical strings together. This is done with a shrink-tube-like sleeve containing a ring made of a metal with a low melting point. This allows you to work easily, neatly and waterproof. It's easier on the internet video than it was with me, especially when melting with a normal lighter. But with some practice, I'm confident. Then the fault is in any case no longer in incorrect plug connections. But with old Italian and Russian stuff, there are plenty of other options for electrical failures, such as contact resistance due to corrosion and faulty ground connections.
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