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#125174 - 03/18/04 10:34 AM Worm shocker stick
Haligan Offline
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Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 112
Loc: Berkeley, CA USA
I'm hoping this thing has been retired, but I remember as a kid my uncle wetting the ground and driving a metal stake gadget into the dirt. Then he'd plug it in and several worms would come rushing out of the ground.

Seems kinda cruel. I also remember feeling the current on my bare feet. I'm still alive, so I guess it wasn't that dangerous. What the hell was that thing?

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#125175 - 03/19/04 05:10 PM Re: Worm shocker stick
George Corron Offline
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Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 728
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Haligan,
Some of us call it a "ground rod"

I was a 4th year apprentice, about as cocky as they get, I expect, and my father-in-law, a coal miner retired on black lung, asked if I wanted to go fishing "Sure, says I". I'll go get us some night crawlers. Don't make any holes in my yard, he says.

Proceeds to get an old cut off ground rod, hooks up a hot wire to it, about 5 feet from the main service, and UP come the worms.

I figured A) He'd get electrocuted or B) he's about to learn about overcurrent.

Seems a very cocky apprentice realized he did NOT know nearly as much as he thought. But he did send me back to the books to understand about grounding and WHAT I had missed.

Only when I understood the path did I BEGIN to understand the problem. It's been a life long search and I'm still ignorant, but gaining on it.

Not to mention picked up one very nifty way to get worms without digging a hole.

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#125176 - 06/11/04 04:40 AM Re: Worm shocker stick
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Registered: 06/08/04
Posts: 1
Loc: Indianapolis, In
http://www.wormshocker.com
www.wormshocker.com

This is where you find them!

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#125177 - 06/13/04 01:18 PM Re: Worm shocker stick
NJwirenut Offline
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Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
Do you actually SELL something that looks like this?



Complete with the electrical tape wrapping for "insulation"?

I sure hope your liability insurance policy is up to date....

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#125178 - 06/13/04 03:14 PM Re: Worm shocker stick
jbfan Offline
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Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 75
Loc: Newnan, GA
Did you read the disclaimer?

Disclaimer



The creator of the wormshocker or its affiliates cannot be held liable for any misuse of this item that results in injury of any kind. It is intended for the sole purpose of obtaining worms. Anyone who is injured while using it is under their on recognizance . The wormshocker uses eletricity. Do not submerge in standing water while plugged in. Always unplug it before retrieving worms. You should consult a certified electrician before using this item.

I think I would just look at someone real funny if they asked me about this, Then just walk away!
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#125179 - 06/15/04 08:41 PM Re: Worm shocker stick
Trumpy Offline
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8540
Loc: SI,New Zealand
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Do not submerge in standing water while plugged in

Can't say I've ever seen standing water before!.
Has this thing been certified as safe for general sale?.
Hmm.
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