Loc: Sterling, VA, USA
Might be my Fathers tombstone inscription! Poor guy likes to think he knows how to do stuff (and he is a good carpenter), but toss in something electric...scary. I've done a bunch of favors for my mom to fix my dads work.
Believe it or not I had a girl walk up to a butane soldering iron I had with the hot end sitting off the edge of a desk and do just that. "Hey what's this thing for" and grabbed the hot end. Lucky I had turned it off a few minutes earlier and it was just very warm. No damage done.
[This message has been edited by jdevlin (edited 02-14-2003).]
Reminds me of one hand behind the back or two hands across the chest.... where I have gotten careless shutting off the breaker for the light switch I was working on and not testing the wires in the box. I got a bit of a buzz that day. Three additions to our 80 year old house and the breaker box is not up to code... It is scarey what I have found in the first year of owning it.
I LOVE those older style homes, but unfortunately, we all know the wiring back 30, 40 or even 50 years ago is going to be outdated, chances are a complete gutting-out and remodel might have to be the answer. I fell in love with the homes in Albany (Wisc), as out here in Southern Az we dont get to see much of that. Does that shock you?
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