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WD63 trips RCD but NOT old fuse-type wiring.

Have just bought a 2nd hand WD63. At the time I was told that the dryer did not work, but that is OK as I only need a washing m/c. Desperately. I saw it working before bringing it home, but in a property with the old "wire between 2 screws" type fuses.
I live in a bungalow with very new, very safe mini circuit breakers. The second the machine is turned on...the fuse is tripped. We have taken the top off the m/c (yes, turned off and unplugged) and had a good look round.
One orange wire had chafed on a bracket with wire showing...that has been mended with insulating tape....problem remains.
Please help..quickly..we need clean clothes. I am an engineer (retired, Mech. & Prod., not electrical) and my daughter has an NVQ2 in Pf'g engineering operations and electrical fitting (lighting circuits) so between the two of us. we should be able to sort this out..if pointed in the right direction.

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I also have a wd63 and was running it on an extention (2core). Was having the same problem. Ensure this device is earthed as there is a large capacitor that needs an earth. Otherwise you can get a small electric shock and a rcd will pick this up straight away!

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