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Old 05-31-2009, 12:23 AM   #16
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My first electrical shock - MAN, am I dumb.


I'd get shocked all the time when I was a kid.

Got indirectly struck by lightning when I was 17. That was the worst. Traveled up through the aluminum siding and windows while I was watching a storm. Had 5 star shaped marks on my forearm where the electricity existed into the sill. Kept waking up in the middle of the night with my hand cramped up into a fist.

Shocked the crap out of myself a few days ago on my tile cutter. I'm not sure why it was energized but later found the ground prong was missing from one of the extension cords.

When I fall asleep driving and my head tilts forward, I get a nerve shock up my side and back that wakes me up. First time it happened, I thought I got struck by lightning again! I don't think that one counts though I'm glad I don't make those 14 hour drives up and down the coast anymore.

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Old 05-31-2009, 09:10 AM   #17
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Shocked the crap out of myself a few days ago on my tile cutter. I'm not sure why it was energized but later found the ground prong was missing from one of the extension cords.
Even without the ground, the equipment should never become energized.
You need to take a good look at it, and perhaps it's time for a new one.
Also, plugging into a GFCI would be a good choice.

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I guess I was fortunate to grab ahold of an electric fence as I was climbing over it when I was a kid growing up on a Minnesota farm. My arm tingled for a while but it could have been a lot worse. One of the townies who thought he was smarter than he was peed on one. Some lessons are certainly worth remembering.
Anyway, I've been pretty careful in the intervening 50 years and have only been shocked once when an electrician mismarked the circuit breaker in a brand new condo. I now check the connections and wires with a meter after turning off the breaker to make sure it's really dead.
I also always wrap the receptacles and switches with tape before putting them into the box. I'm not into pain and I'd rather peel off old electric tape than get zapped. I prefer my tingly feelings to come from love.
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My 'tag out' is taped over the door to my breaker box - so you can't open the breaker box without ripping the tape.

It says:
DO NOT OPEN BREAKER BOX OR ATTEMPT TO TURN BREAKER ON OR OFF WITHOUT TALKING TO LEAH - [then it has my cell phone number].

My contractor chuckles every time he walks by it, because he knows it's primarily to keep My Dear Brings-Home-The-Paycheck-So-I-Can-Spend-It-Remodeling-Our-House Husband from monkeying something up.

I watched a kid get shocked on an electric fence once - it caused his hands to grasp the fence, and it didn't stop shocking him until he passed out, fell over, and ripped out that part of the fence and sparks flew out of his hands. But, I guess DC to a bank of car batteries will do that to ya. (just cause I know someone will ask, it was in Zimbabwe and it was to keep the baboons out of the chicken coop. A farm boy more used to AC cow fencing dared him to grab it.)
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No burns, no harm, no foul? While trying to force a rec box back into its opening I touched the contacts of the single pole switch.

ZZZZZZZZap.

Tonight I am forcing myself to write on the whiteboard fifty times:
DO NOT DO ANY WORK ON ENERGIZED CIRCUITS
If the current only went through your fingers not accompanied by a burning smell you're good to go.

But if this experience causes you to mutate into a superhuman I can always use help fighting the Forces of Evil (I pay minimum wage).
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We have the standard 6 ft. fence in the backyard, and a few months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the entire city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence.

Actually, I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of fence. I then used an 8 ft. long ground rod, and drove it 7.5 feet into the ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the ground, the better the fence works.

One day I'm mowing the back yard with my cheapo Wal-Mart 6 hp big wheel push mower. The hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard. I knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger. I pushed the mower around the wireand reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

It seems as though I hadn't remembered to unplug it after all.

Now I'm standing there, I've got the running lawnmower in my right hand and the 1.7 giga-volt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an upside down cow onfire on the cover.

Time stood still.

The first thing I notice is my pecker trying to climb up the front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was literally at one with the engine.

It seems as though the fence charger and the piece of **** lawnmower were fighting over who would control my electrical impulses.

Science says you cannot crap, pee, and vomit at the same time. I beg to differ. Not only did I do all three at once, but my bowels emptied 3 different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you're all leaned back and BAM BAM BAM you just crap your pants 3 times. It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy turning 8 grand.

At this point I'm about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds) into holding onto the fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I can't let go. I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences.....but Dad always had those pieces of **** chargers made by International or whoever that were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled. This one I could not let go of. The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me through the permadamp Ark-La-Tex river bottom soil. At this point I'm thinking I'm going to have to just man up and take it, until the lawnmower runs out of gas.

'Damn!,' I think, as I remember I just filled the tank!

Now the lawnmower is starting to run rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop, pee, and withmy vomit on my chest I think 'Oh God please die... Pleeeeaze die'. But nooooo, it settles into the rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner's right foot.

So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80% humidity, standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me. God did not take me that day.....he left me there covered in my own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created.

I honestly don't know how I got loose from the wire...I woke up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned.

There were two large dead grass spots where I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot where the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had somehow let go of the wire.

Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few things:

1- Three of my teeth seem to have melted.

2- I now have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right butt cheek (not the left, just the right).

3- Poop, pee, and vomit when all mixed together, do not smell as bad as you might think.

4- My left eye will not open.

5- My right eye will not close.

6- The lawnmower runs like a sum***** now. Seriously! I think our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because it was better than new after that.

7- My nuts are still smaller than average yet they are almost a foot long.

8- I can turn on the TV in the game room by farting while thinking of the number 4 (still don't understand this???)..

That day changed my life. I now have a new found respect for things.. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him, and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds me to triple check before I mow.
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Gary - for your sake I hope your story wasn't entirely true. But, in the case that it was, you brilliantly captured the moments in sparkling and humorous prose that made me laugh out loud. Is that a consolation for foot long balls?
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Just be glad you aren't this guy. Turn your sound on.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80647819/
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Mr. 602z, I look forward to your next post. Something along these lines, I hope
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliad
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Reading the horror story of the electrified fence and lawn mower, my hands froze on the keyboard and wouldn't let go! I got the chills and felt hot at the same time. I felt my blood get cold (this part really happened to me but not while performing electrical work, but driving a bus). I woke up with my head bowed in front of the screen, hearing the following ominous words. "Go to sleep, it's already Two hours past midnight......zzzzzzzzzzz
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Mr. 602z, I look forward to your next post. Something along these lines, I hope
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliad
Here is one I wrote for my Fathers funeral Wednesday.

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Why?
Why now?
Why did you love us so much?


Where?
We know Where you are.
Where will we be in two years or ten or twenty?

What?
What were your eyes telling us?
What could we have done to help you?

Were?
Were you in pain?
Were you aware we loved you so much?

Will?
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Will our pain go away?

When?
When will we see you again?
Did you know When we kissed you?

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Just be glad you aren't this guy. Turn your sound on.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80647819/
I seen that happen first hand. Not the Indian guy, but a friend.

We were working on a metal roof after a hurricane. He pulled a section of eave flashing, stood and turned with it, and the end hit the power lines near the roof.

He managed to take two steps and say "Help me". He was dead before he even hit the deck.
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I do not know how much was literary license and how much was 100% factual but that is the best laugh I have had in quite awhile.

I do hope you have recovered Gary. Unless you do, it couldn't happen again and the the thought of you having another go with the fence and telling us the story just keeps me going. Not like you were going but you know, waking up each day and just keepin' on keepin' on.
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OMG , I think I went through half those symptoms laughing... now I need to rest. Thank You Gary
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No burns, no harm, no foul? While trying to force a rec box back into its opening I touched the contacts of the single pole switch.

ZZZZZZZZap.

Tonight I am forcing myself to write on the whiteboard fifty times:
DO NOT DO ANY WORK ON ENERGIZED CIRCUITS
I know some people who call the Power Company to request an OUTAGE before they change a light bulb or ask for a shutdown of an entire block before they will feel secure to replace a switch! Don't Drink and Drive!!!

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