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12-17-2012 01:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor safety

We have one of those cheesy plastic nativity scenes for the front yard. Joseph’s light wasn’t working so I bought a light socket and cut the end off an inexpensive extension cord. I got it together, screwed in a lightbulb and plugged it in. As expected, the bulb came to life. I unscrewed the bulb quickly so it wouldn’t get hot and then noticed that I hadn’t put the cord through the mounting bracket. Oh well…...

I think it was the unexpected that took me of sync with any intelligence. I unscrewed a cap and grabbed the wires so I could twist them apart. That’s when I learned how stupid I am. As I felt the wild surge of shock course through, I reflexed and dropped the twisted wires. They hit the cement floor and tripped the circuit breaker.

My heart thudded hard for one half an hour. I kept repeating ‘stupid, stupid, stupid.’ God must love fools. I fixed up Joseph and he’s a glowing reminder that I’m alive. My singed index finger is a reminder that, “maybe not for long”.

Maybe it was a good thing to get that little shock. The rest of the day, I hung a fan and 3 lighting fixtures … Very Carefully. They look great.

Feel free to poke fun at me. you won’t Hurt my feelings.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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12-17-2012 02:13 AM

Ha ha ha! Mark, as someone who has been shocked plenty of times I have some things to say:

I feel your pain.
Stupid would have been standing in a grounded bucket of salt water, naked, with wires strapped to your chest.
Be happy it wasn’t 240v.
When ever I get shocked the word “ouch” is never the only 4 letter word I use.

You are doing fine! Just remember Sparky says: “One hand in your pockey [pocket], no shockey!”

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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12-17-2012 09:26 AM

one of life’s little reminders that, I believe, has just saved you from “the big one”.
Glad you are ok

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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12-17-2012 12:42 PM





You said I could poke at you…..couldn’t let that one go. he he

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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12-17-2012 10:49 PM

Making Notes:

No buckets of salt water.
220 would be far more thrilling than 110. Maybe 2 times more thrilling.
Change BBQ sauce to dry rub.

I understand that everyone gets caught if they are around it enough. Last time I got a really good Zap was about 12 years ago. I went out to the center of the small pond to retrieve the pump out of the floating fountain. My step father who was an electrical engineer, a respected well known author of some of the most technical electrical engineering manuals and textbooks, a man who designed and built power plants and electrical lines in over half the countries in this world and 48 of the United states – told me he cut off the power and it was safe.

Uh Huh

I explainedt, that my equipment for detecting electrical current, detected electrical current. My equipment was my finger tips. He rather brusqely said that he had disconnected the power. I said I still got a ZAP and the pump was still under power. He was about to protest again when my sweet mother yelled “Walter, If you hurt my son, I WILL END YOU!”.

I knew Walter for 29 years. He was defensive with me 2 times and it was when when his expertese was questioned. I trusted and respected that man so much that I was about to get my fingers back in there for round 2.

I’m glad my mother was looking out for both of the family fools that day.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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Dan Lyke

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12-27-2012 08:04 PM

Grins. I’m currently doing re-wiring. Turning off everything but the circuits I know are distinct and safe and running all my lighting and tools off extension cords from those circuits. I still cringe every time I clip a wire.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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08-27-2013 03:17 AM

Howdy, I have done something I never would have dreamed. I replaced the heating coil stringers in the clothes dryer. So far the house hasn’t burned down an no one has been electrocuted. Still – I parked 2 dry fire extinguishers within easy reach. ;)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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Dan Lyke

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08-27-2013 06:14 PM

Woohoo! It’s actually amazing how, if you’re careful and consistent, electrical work isn’t that hard.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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