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Old 04-28-2008, 11:23 AM   #31
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Another reason to shut off the power before working on your electrical system if you are unfamiliar with what you're doing and/or dealing with.
Absolutely Jimmy. Many people pull the cover off their panel and think only of a shock hazard. They are unaware of the power and hazard of an arc flash event.
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Absolutely Jimmy. Many people pull the cover off their panel and think only of a shock hazard. They are unaware of the power and hazard of an arc flash event.
Righto. And many people associate a neutral with ground and it being innocuous by association. I remember one time tracing a neutral for a circuit in my panel. I reached down to grab some tape to temporarily mark the wire and inadvertently put it on the wire next to it. So then with the circuit de-energized, I start loosening the screw on the neutral bus only to see pretty little arcs and smell ozone. Of course, I managed to notice before I got too far untightening it/pulling it out. I could imagine the wonderful surprise that I would have been treated to about the time I went to pull it back through the steel conduit!
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