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(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 11:50)
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A bit of a DIY fail
Apologies in advance if I'm vague, I was told this months ago and I don't do remembering things that well!

My Dad likes his DIY, once running his own small painting & decorating business. He was generally handy around the house (I think he still is, just not at this house anymore) so when I heard this story I was a little suprised...

Many years back, my Dad was carrying out a bit of maintainence on his first flat. Just replacing a plug socket, nothing he hadn't done before so why bother turning the power off?

Anyway Mace Sr squats down after removing the old socket, realises he left some kind of tool just out of reach (blame his memory there) and leans over to get it. Naturally gravity jumped in and chose to pull him backwards... and clever clogs grabs the first thing he can to steady himself- the nice, shiny and very much still on wires hanging out of the wall, causing him to shoot backwards and smack his head anyway.

Bless him.
(, Mon 29 Nov 2010, 15:37, 3 replies)
Well, call me overcautious
but I've been known to fiddle with wires from time to time, and rule No1 is never go anywhere near anything live.

I see a few sparkies who think they dont need to switch off the power get a good belt. They seem to think for some reason they're immune. Fortunately I've never seen one killed, but it's just luck as far as I'm concerned.

I saw one removing flourescent striplights once (to be replaced), without even bothering to switch them off. He had a pair of rubber handled snips, and would just cut the cables. One shower of sparks later the light would be free.

Fucking idiot.
(, Mon 29 Nov 2010, 16:30, closed)
I read in a magazine last week that some electricians believe they become 'immune' to electricity
after a few shocks. That can't be true, can it?
(, Tue 30 Nov 2010, 7:28, closed)
Can't see how
I suppose part of the effect of an electric shock is the unexpectedness, so maybe if you know it's coming, it doesn't make you jump.

Deaths by electrocution happen when the current passes through the heart. A belt to the hand is unpleasant, but isn't likely to be the direct cause of death. Of course if you're 25 feet up at the time, and fall off a scaffold, you're still in deep shit.

I reckon a couple of hundred volts or more, with some decent ampage straight across the ticker will do it every time.
(, Tue 30 Nov 2010, 9:41, closed)

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