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#24044 - 04/02/03 08:36 PM Crispy Critters  
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Troubleshooting job resulted in the discovery of this poor varmint.

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The switches the mouse was caught between were on two different circuits with opposite polarity, so 240V was possible here...

The problem was unrelated to the mouse.

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#24045 - 04/02/03 08:42 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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How did the mouse get into the box? No cover plate?


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#24046 - 04/02/03 08:52 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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Mice can fit through VERY small openings. Thats got to suck!


#24047 - 04/02/03 09:08 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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Hey! Why aren't the switches grounded?


#24048 - 04/02/03 09:27 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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I have seen that before. Once in a meter socket where there was a whole family of them all got zapped. It was time for a new service.


#24049 - 04/02/03 10:11 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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Speaking of rodents, how is it that squirrels can eat the insulation off romex untill you're left with 3 bare pieces of copper? They don't die and must enjoy it because they continue to do it. I once opened a wall and found 6 feet of bare wire that was romex along with nesting material.


#24050 - 04/02/03 10:20 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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Re: grounding the switches--the center one looks grounded at least, can't see the ECG terminal on the others.

I've seen a mouse get into a light box with a porcelain keyless fixture somehow, and that was in Chicago with a conduit system. Zapped, burnt, and blowing out bulb after bulb till we checked it out.

I found a birds nest with newly hatched birds in a outdoor box--CBs and GFI receptacles at a campground. That actually happened a couple times, found numerous eggs, nests, etc. They came in through an open KO on the bottom. Actually I prefer an opening on the bottom to allow water to drain out, but not to let critters in. Wasp nests are the worst.


#24051 - 04/02/03 11:17 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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I found one of those things dead, with the tail end hanging out of the top of a trough that had a missing k/o, in a juice plant a few years back. I removed the cover and found the creature still had his jaws wrapped around a live 480 volt motor feed wire. YUCK!!!!!!


#24052 - 04/02/03 11:36 PM Re: Crispy Critters  
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The only "critter" I have come across was a mouse that made a home out of the buildings Walker Duct system. I was doing some demo and he was permanently attached to the hot terminal of a receptacle.


#24053 - 04/03/03 12:05 AM Re: Crispy Critters  
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