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Re: Your biggest wake up call [Re: sparky] #219032
01/12/18 05:58 AM
01/12/18 05:58 AM
sparky  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2000
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I can recall a few choice disasters that occurred in front of customers, the arc blast, then the little $#@! voice in the dark ....

a rather humbling experience


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Re: Your biggest wake up call [Re: sparky] #219036
01/12/18 08:11 PM
01/12/18 08:11 PM
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Joined: Apr 2002
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Brick, NJ USA
OK, sitting in traffic and wandering thru my mind, this memory jump up.

Way back, doing the demo portion of a jewelry showroom & work areas, I was on the last section of wall with only two receptacles in it. ALL circuits in both panels are cut out. I stitch the Wiggy in, and the receptiacles are ‘hot’. Scratch head?? Check panels, confirm only temp lights and temp GFIs & nothing else. Check common area panel, & confirm all off. Anger sets in, I want to go home. Remove 1 receptacle, do a hot to ground short; sparks flying, copper gone, still ‘hot’. Now the sparks set the old carpet pad on fire. Did the proverbial Mexican hat dance, & ran for water.

Found the circuit about an hour later, source was a little old two circuit FPE sub panel, in the slop sink room marked ‘do not turn off’. Add additional anger!!

Does this count as a dumb move??

Re: Your biggest wake up call [Re: sparky] #219039
01/12/18 08:52 PM
01/12/18 08:52 PM
sparky  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,349
M-m-maybe , but who hasn't shorted a circuit to find it HotOne?

I was actually told to by the owner of a facility years ago , made it go 'boom', and out comes a gaggle of mad secretaries who lost all their computer work....~S~

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