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My limited understand of this peculiarity is (and this might not be the issue, but is certainly 'an' issue) ...Can anyone explain how to use French sockets without getting in a tizz? We use a couple of adapters and they get stuck in some sockets. The last time I pushed one in i needed help to get the g**d**m adapter out again.
There are two pin diameters for what are apparently the same Schuko standard.
The CEE 7/5 plug has a 4.8mm pin diameter which is what your adapter probably is.
Rewireable French plugs are CEE 7/16 "Euro plug" and are 4mm diameter.
You'll have likely have left a trail of sockets behind with stretched receptacles when you jammed your 4.8mm pins into sockets only ever used for 4mm pins. But don't worry about that.
In theory, there is only one type of socket, the 4.8mm Shucko, and by design, and CEE specification, it is meant to accept both 4mm and 4.8mm (the text above says there is also a 4.5mm type too, I've never noticed that), so in fact what you might have done is simply been the first ever 4.8mm pin into that socket, thus was a tight fit and as if new. In theory, no damage should have been done, the socket being flexible to accommodate the sizes, but just as we have cheap sockets here that don't do so well when abused, you might have added some extra wear and tear in places.