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dum1 01-15-2013 03:04 PM

Working hot
 
I know i shouldnt work hot but i cant find the breaker and im only changing a switch, how would i go about it. If i had di-electric boots would i be safe from shock. Will having the screwdriver on the hot wire and me touching the switch will i get a shock

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electures 01-15-2013 03:11 PM

Shut the main off. It is not worth it and no professional is going to suggest otherwise.

dum1 01-15-2013 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by electures
Shut the main off. It is not worth it and no professional is going to suggest otherwise.

But in theory would i get shocked

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Speedy Petey 01-15-2013 03:14 PM

In theory you will be killed.

dum1 01-15-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Speedy Petey
In theory you will be killed.

Really!!!Killed!!!

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dum1 01-15-2013 03:16 PM

How many times have Speedy Petey and Electures work hot

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jbfan 01-15-2013 03:20 PM

Maybe we have or have not worked hot, but no one will tell you it is ok!

eastcoastsparky 01-15-2013 03:26 PM

Maybe he has an early death wish

Jim Port 01-15-2013 03:27 PM

Working hot even for a properly trained individual still has risks. OSHA has strict rules about live work allowances. Replacing a switch is not one of them.

mpoulton 01-15-2013 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by dum1 (Post 1094209)
But in theory would i get shocked

If you don't immediately know the answer to that question without even thinking about it, then you have no business working hot. You are way under-qualified for this.

64pvolvo1800 01-15-2013 04:57 PM

I can tell you that working hot in a hospital ICU feeder from the emergency power auto transfer switch is one thing, working on a light switch in a residence that can easily be safeteed and locked out for five minutes is entirely another. Either way, it ain't worth it!
Buy some hot gloves if you must but I can tell you that 120v kills a bunch more people than all the rest higher voltages.
Don't be a DUMdead1. Kill it before it kills you.

eastcoastsparky 01-15-2013 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by 64pvolvo1800
I can tell you that working hot in a hospital ICU feeder from the emergency power auto transfer switch is one thing, working on a light switch in a residence that can easily be safeteed and locked out for five minutes is entirely another. Either way, it ain't worth it!
Buy some hot gloves if you must but I can tell you that 120v kills a bunch more people than all the rest higher voltages.
Don't be a DUMdead1. Kill it before it kills you.

Good catch

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darren 01-15-2013 08:58 PM

Just because my dentist takes a drill to my teeth doesn't mean she is going to tell me in a few sentences on how to do it for I can fix up my friends cavity.

electures 01-15-2013 09:21 PM

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sammy37 01-15-2013 09:42 PM

My Grandfather passed away a couple years ago, he was 98. He was a top notch union electrician way back when and did some major commercial projects in his time.
I'm not going to tell you how he used to test live circuits but going on the subject of this thread, you can take a wild guess how. He was indeed a tough old guy!


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