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Old 02-19-2004, 12:17 AM   #11
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50,000volts can go through you causing little or no harm, its the AMPs that kill you.
I was gonna say the same.

We once had a auto shop teacher that had a sense of humor. he was showing us what a coil was. Well he had it hooked up to power. He then took the capacitor that is used on the old ignition systems that look like a battery with one wire coming off of it. He proceeded to charge it up with the coil, so you are looking at about 10,000 volts, but very little current.

He then takes it off the coil and places it on the table and tells someone to touch it. People were grabbing the little wire and thinking they were getting a shock.

So then I said sure I will try it. I touched the little wire and nothing so everyone is saying "TOUCH THE OTHER END, MAYBE THAT WILL WORK". Well I was still holding onto the end of the wire ( had a spade connector to put onto to screw) I got my finger about an inch from it and I seen the spark jump then everything went black for a few seconds. It felt like I got hit by a car but didn't move. First reaction was to look behind me to see who hit me. No one there. So then a few other people got brave and tried it and they had the same reaction looked behind them.

Now I can honestly say that I know what it is like to get zapped by a defibrillator : (An electrical device used to counteract fibrillation of the heart muscle and restore normal heartbeat by applying a brief electric shock.).


So to make a long story short, it is not the voltage that kills it is the amperage ( the strength behind the voltage, or torque in cars)
So thats what happened to you?
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:21 AM   #12
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50,000volts can go through you causing little or no harm, its the AMPs that kill you.
I was gonna say the same.

We once had a auto shop teacher that had a sense of humor. he was showing us what a coil was. Well he had it hooked up to power. He then took the capacitor that is used on the old ignition systems that look like a battery with one wire coming off of it. He proceeded to charge it up with the coil, so you are looking at about 10,000 volts, but very little current.

He then takes it off the coil and places it on the table and tells someone to touch it. People were grabbing the little wire and thinking they were getting a shock.

So then I said sure I will try it. I touched the little wire and nothing so everyone is saying "TOUCH THE OTHER END, MAYBE THAT WILL WORK". Well I was still holding onto the end of the wire ( had a spade connector to put onto to screw) I got my finger about an inch from it and I seen the spark jump then everything went black for a few seconds. It felt like I got hit by a car but didn't move. First reaction was to look behind me to see who hit me. No one there. So then a few other people got brave and tried it and they had the same reaction looked behind them.

Now I can honestly say that I know what it is like to get zapped by a defibrillator : (An electrical device used to counteract fibrillation of the heart muscle and restore normal heartbeat by applying a brief electric shock.).


So to make a long story short, it is not the voltage that kills it is the amperage ( the strength behind the voltage, or torque in cars)
Holy ****.
I was thinking the same thing....only what I was thinking had an extra word in between.
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:23 AM   #13
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It stunted his growth. Now he drives a Malibu.
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Be nice Todd or I will sick Renee on you at the meet in march.LOL

OH BTW Todd just to let you know I should have a magazine to give you. It is the article my brother was working on that he talked to you about. Not sure if he used your name or if you are anonymous.



It was the strangest feeling when it happened too. Whenever I watch tv shows where they bring people back to life I get flashbacks, LOL JK.
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As an electrician I have been bit' a few times and I would have to say the worst shock I have ever gotten was from DC current. Felt like a serrated knife sawing through my arm at 250VDC
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I've been bit a few timmes too. Ususally something stupid like, oh say, forgetting to turn off the switch when you're repairing/installing a ceiling fan.

I blew about 10 15 amp fuses in a friends houe one day, replacing outlets in the basement. Go to test it, put the fuse back in, grab the outlet on the sides, and KAPOWIE!!

The 8th 9th and 10th ones kinda made me wanna cry (If I wasn't laughing at myself so much)
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As an electrician I have been bit' a few times and I would have to say the worst shock I have ever gotten was from DC current. Felt like a serrated knife sawing through my arm at 250VDC
OH yeah feel that POWER. LOL

I Hated a fridge we had. It was a really old fridge from my grandparents but it still worked so we used it in the garage as a second fridge. You know the ones with the handle that is mounted sideways and you pull it back to open. Well the ground like to go bad on it. So as you guess it the 120V AC tavel through the handle. Actually we tested the handle and it was 70VAC.

Nothing like that vibrating feeling running up your arm till you cound't take it anymore. I guess me and power havethis thing going. And to think I was going to be an electrician, glad it didn't happen. LOL
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I Hated a fridge we had. It was a really old fridge from my grandparents but it still worked so we used it in the garage as a second fridge. You know the ones with the handle that is mounted sideways and you pull it back to open. Well the ground like to go bad on it. So as you guess it the 120V AC tavel through the handle. Actually we tested the handle and it was 70VAC.

Nothing like that vibrating feeling running up your arm till you cound't take it anymore.
But when ya need a beer, ya need a beer.....
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Well they tried putting rubber mat down but it never worked for me so I used to make sure I had a hand towel with me anytime I had to go in there. To this day I still hit the handle quick to make sure ( we just got rid of the fridge recently still ran but got a newer one) and I still hit handles on other fridges that look the same. It will haunt me forever.
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Try living up here. With the cold freezing all the moisture out of the air, and always wearing a sweatshirt or flannel, every friggin' thing is electrically charged it seems. I can't open a door with flinching because of all the static shocks I get! About twice a night, I end up zapping my desk and killing my USB mouse....
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