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

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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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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!
Let me guess. Started by licking two fingers??:whistling2:
 

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My question-----just how many breakers are there in the box? Is it that difficult to find which one turns off the circuit?
 
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