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#24044 - 04/02/03 04:36 PM Crispy Critters
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2334
Loc: West Virginia
Troubleshooting job resulted in the discovery of this poor varmint.

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 04:42 PM Re: Crispy Critters
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
How did the mouse get into the box? No cover plate?

#24046 - 04/02/03 04:52 PM Re: Crispy Critters
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Mice can fit through VERY small openings. Thats got to suck!

#24047 - 04/02/03 05:08 PM Re: Crispy Critters
master66 Offline

Registered: 04/18/02
Posts: 260
Loc: Masontown, PA, USA
Hey! Why aren't the switches grounded?

#24048 - 04/02/03 05:27 PM Re: Crispy Critters
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ
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 06:11 PM Re: Crispy Critters
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
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 06:20 PM Re: Crispy Critters
CRW Offline

Registered: 02/11/01
Posts: 160
Loc: Bethlehem, PA USA
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 07:17 PM Re: Crispy Critters
fla sparkey Offline

Registered: 08/03/02
Posts: 46
Loc: Winter Haven, Florida USA
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 07:36 PM Re: Crispy Critters
Nick Offline

Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 603
Loc: Riverside, CA
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 - 04/02/03 08:05 PM Re: Crispy Critters
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