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    Hi All,

    can someone tell me when the colour code for 240V mains appliance cable changed from red/black/green to brown/blue/green & yellow? Reason is I was changing the cable on an old makita polisher that had a very dodgy repair involving twisting copper strands and black tape. The plug end was brown/blue etc whilst the polisher end was red/black etc.

    Thanks, Paul M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulyboy1960 View Post
    Hi All,

    can someone tell me when the colour code for 240V mains appliance cable changed from red/black/green to brown/blue/green & yellow? Reason is I was changing the cable on an old makita polisher that had a very dodgy repair involving twisting copper strands and black tape. The plug end was brown/blue etc whilst the polisher end was red/black etc.

    Thanks, Paul M
    I think it was two? standard revisions back whenever that was.

    The previous colour for the Active phase was not just red it was ANY colour other than green, yellow, green/yellow, black or light blue

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    From memory 20 yrs ago, was done to comply with international colour codes for electrical wiring
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
    Ray

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    My thought was late 70s but I could be wayyyyy off

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    brown = phase
    blue = neutral
    green = earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulyboy1960 View Post
    My thought was late 70s but I could be wayyyyy off

    You are right, it was the late 70's
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
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