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9/23/2010 05:33 PM EDT

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David Ashton
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David Ashton   10/9/2010 7:09:10 AM
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When I was about 4, I discovered these holes in the wall that were just the right size to take the axles from my Meccano set (British mechanical toy set). (Rhodesia, as it was then, had the old round pin British wall sockets.) One day I was trying this and found myself on the other side of the room feeling very shaken. I reckon 220 V at such a young age rendered me immune to electricity from then on, because I have had more than my fair share of shocks since then and survived all of them. Keeps the heart strong, I reckon....

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Salio   10/1/2010 8:58:35 PM
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I am glad that you didn't hurt yourself badly. This incident could've been worse. Working with high voltages it is usually a good idea to ensure that you don't become the conducting path for the voltage.

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ylshih   10/1/2010 5:20:16 AM
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Ouch! I'm thankful to have spent most of my time working on low voltage circuits where an accidental short only leads to a tickle or a few amusing sparks. However, as a ham, I've also spent some time with plate circuits and those voltages are not so amusing!

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phoenixdave   9/30/2010 11:20:13 PM
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My first experience of being a conductor was about the age of 12 when trying to wire up a miniature train display in my basement. I still remember it like it was yesterday and have never (OK only once) repeated the mistake.

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AlexKovnat   9/28/2010 3:28:13 PM
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When I saw the header "Engineer inadvertently becomes a conductor", I knew that chances were close to 100% that it referred to accidental electric shock. I'm happy to hear Mr. Bues wasn't seriously hurt. What motivated me to read beyond the headline was, I wanted to make sure that the article didn't refer to some guy finding himself in front of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a baton in his hand, or something like that.

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wswbln   9/27/2010 8:02:33 PM
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Ouch! 1kV (even from a medium high impedance source) is not really fun! This reminds me that up to about the age of fourteen I used to remove the insulation of wires using my teeth. Until I tried this with that broken wire leading to the static high pitch speaker in my old tube radio. Must have been something between 200 and 300VDC in that electrolytic. This wire bit back rather vehemently...

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