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#208756 - 02/09/13 06:55 PM Surely this can't be true??
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I happened upon this on the Net some time ago and I'm beginning to wonder if it is legit:



It's a bit worrying though. eek


Edited by Trumpy (02/09/13 06:58 PM)
Edit Reason: Typo's
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#208757 - 02/09/13 07:01 PM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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I'm an old enough geezer to remember this. They said, use the back of your hand so you don't grip it.
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#208759 - 02/09/13 07:11 PM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: gfretwell]
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Wow, just wow! shocked

I have to ask the question though Greg, what does electricity taste like? grin
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#208761 - 02/09/13 07:38 PM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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Like a copper penny with Tobasco on it
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#208763 - 02/10/13 06:22 AM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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My dad used to test 9V batteries with his tongue! Haven't seen him do that for a while though.

He also used the finger method on 220V house wiring, always making sure not to grip the wires. I also think he only did that when he already considered the wires dead but wanted to make sure.

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#208765 - 02/10/13 09:08 AM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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I knew some old timers who did it this way. It used to help if you have very callus hands. You barely felt the current. (Or so I am told) smile I never did it this way. at least on purpose.

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#208767 - 02/10/13 09:44 AM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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I probably tested wires that way when I was real young but by the time I was working I was doing the "should be dead" test with a screwdriver and my safety glasses on. There have been a few times when it wasn't dead. (things like the "main disconnect" breaker wasn't)
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#208770 - 02/10/13 12:10 PM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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Many years ago, an old electrician who worked on ships told me they tested fuses by licking their fingers and running them down the two sides of a row of fuses. The one that tickles is the bad one.

Licking your fingers is less attractive in a barn.

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#208771 - 02/10/13 06:03 PM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: Trumpy]
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The ships I was on used 440v delta. I don't think you have to lick your fingers. A catchers mask might be handy so you don't punch yourself in the nose.
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#208776 - 02/11/13 01:57 AM Re: Surely this can't be true?? [Re: gfretwell]
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Originally Posted By: gfretwell
The ships I was on used 440v delta. I don't think you have to lick your fingers. A catchers mask might be handy so you don't punch yourself in the nose.


Ha Ha Ha
That is gold! laugh
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