here's one that really concerned myself and my partner. This guy had cut the end off a 50' extension cord and attached it to a chain link fence by wrapping the wires around the bottom of the fence and covering the cord and connection to the fence with dry leaves. The photo is not very clear, but I think you can make it out. This was to keep his dogs in the yard.
Brian M Richardson Deputy Building Commissioner City Of Shelbyville
What isn't mentioned in this particular article is that the "fence" was actually a wire strung intentionally around the pool by a caretaker, who ran it to house current. It was put in to stop the dogs from peeing in the pool. The son fell into the pool after hitting the wire. His father, arriving later, saw him face down, jumped in, and was electrocuted. A third family member was injured badly when he tried to retrieve the other 2, but was saved when his wife pulled the wire out of the pool with a rubber sandal.
A real tragedy
Sometimes stupidity and ignorance should be rewarded with prison time
I don’t understand this (besides it being stupid). It looks like the hot is connected to the fence, and the other conductors are cut off. If you plugged this in, wouldn’t the breaker trip? If the neutral were connected as well (not sure), I would think the breaker would trip immediately. If someone touched the fence (let’s say in bare feet), don’t you think the human would have a higher resistance than the fence’s connection to ground, and not get shocked?
While we’re on the subject of stupidity, I had an idea for keeping intruders off of my suspended deck, but not sure if it would work. If I ran a conductor around the base of my deck, suspended from insolated poles, and connected it to one of those electronic fences for dogs, would an intruder who climbs the deck and touches the wire get zapped? Keep in mind he would be standing on the wooden deck- I can’t see how he would be grounded to complete the circuit. What am I missing?