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Old 11-23-2013, 11:10 PM   #16
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I had a power transformer from a valve amplifier 550vac,
We used to catch grass hoppers, pin them to a board,
Apply the 550vac to the pins.
Smelt terrable !
Hope RSPCA isnt watching !
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I thought the finger in the light socket was a right of passage. Looking down into that dark empty hole beckoned me to probe it. Funny thing is I got in trouble for my involuntary reaction of throwing the lamp into the wall rather than trying to electrocute myself.
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Sixth grade science project - pounded two nails in a board and stripped and wrapped an extension cord on each. Didn't even tape the wires. Hot dog cooker!!

It worked but I only got a "C" because another kid did the same thing - but his looked better.

No one even mentioned the safety issues when the parents came to the show.
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I had a thousand watt tube Linear back in the CB days I was tinkering with, turned off and unplugged in my bedroom and got shocked enough to knock me out of my chair. It left a white burn mark on my finger for over a month. That was my first real lesson with capacitors.

Another capacitor lesson was in HS electronics class when the teacher charged up an old military capacitor the size of a 5 gallon gas can. With a prob off each terminal he brought them together on either side of a 2' thick phone book. Blew a hole through the book...it was like setting off a M-80 in the classroom.
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Another capacitor lesson was in HS electronics class when the teacher charged up an old military capacitor the size of a 5 gallon gas can. With a prob off each terminal he brought them together on either side of a 2' thick phone book. Blew a hole through the book...it was like setting off a M-80 in the classroom.
Big high-voltage capacitors are terrifying. I used to play with (and work with) high power lasers. Had a few impressive incidents with flashlamp power supplies. We built a device that used a giant capacitor bank to generate a pulsed magnetic field powerful enough to shrink a quarter to the size of a penny by magnetically crushing it.
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When I was about 10, Mom needed a lamp cord repaired- "simple enough" I thought. Simply splice the wires and wrap with some of Dad's elect. tape
I didn't think to separate the wires though.
After plugging in the cord, I was quickly demoted from being Moms little helper
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Hmm well there was the replacing an outlet at 11 years old, with the breaker still on, kept seeing sparks as I accidentally would have wires or little whiskers touch briefly.

I didn't want to leave evidence of my experimenting so I plugged an extension cord in and then placed a 1" push pin in each conductor and then bridged the gap with the metal around a pencil eraser(with the pencil still attached), flash and wow they disappeared. Never could reverse the magic trick and make them reappear.

In high school a friend of mine had gotten a laser, one of the ones used in the grocery store to scan the bar codes. Well you remove all of the covers and mirrors and everything and you get this great laser. We were messing around with it one night in my room, you know sending the light around and refracting or bending the beam to do various stuff. It was sitting on my bed, I went and sat on the bed lost my balance and placed my hand down to catch myself, right onto 2 different heatsinks in the laser(remember we removed all the covers) zapp I couldn't feel my left arm and the lower edge of my face for about 2 hours. Of course I wanted to know what I was hit with so pulled out a multimeter with a 1000V max input and zap, smoked it too.

Charged up capacitors and played hot potato with some friends, that was always shocking.

Peed on an electric fence, to an interesting feeling. Hadn't even realized it was an electric fence at the time.

I wanted to create a new electronic device, before I had a clue about electronic circuit design, basically had a bunch of components wired together and the power source was an extension cord with the end cut off and the power lines wired into my circuit. About the only saving grace was the fact I was working in the garage when I plugged it in and started a small fire I got quickly put out.

There was also the incident when I thought it would be funny to try and scare my dad not realizing he was working on a TV, I was only in first grade. Ran into the room yelled "Boo", he startled, then there was a flash pop type sound and he was flying across the room. He accidentaly touched one of the electodes to the charged television tube. He hadn't discharged it since what he was working on wasn't near it.
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My first car - put in a 8 track with one of those removable mounts you screwed in under the dash. Everything was fine until a penny fell out of the ashtray down to the connections after hitting a bump. Thats when I realized (that was a lot of smoke!) I had wired the 12 v to the hot site of the fuse panel, and didn't think I needed the in-line fuse.
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bell wire with line voltage

it was shortly after this that I really appreciated how the Este's Co
came up with their fuse for model rockets.
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After moving into my first house, I was Cleaning the electric wall oven when I decided to remove the bottom electric coil for better reach. The one wire got stuck in the hole so I put my finger inside to reach for it.

I got the biggest shock of my life - I'll never do that again - it literally left a burn mark on my finger.

I should have turned off the breaker but my thought process was if the oven was off and the coil wasn't energized it should have been fine - obviously not!
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