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Old 06-23-2003, 06:59 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by mtglore
I'm pretty excited about this. Given the location of the receptacle and the basement, I don't think it'll be too tough. Maybe afterwards I'll try to ground other receptacles around the house. I was always so afraid of home wiring, but after reading up on it, I think it is something I can definately do and a good skill to learn.

If I may add something to the rest of the excellent advice you have received. Please do yourself a favor and buy a good circuit tester and a label kit to identify your wiring and circuits as you work on them. And please, at a minimum, triple check the circuit to make sure it isn't hot before you start working with the wiring. Remember...............you only get 1 mistake when it comes to electricity.

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Just do me one favor...buy a book on basic wiring. Then, if you are even the slightest bit unsure about ANYTHING, post a question. There are plenty of us on here who can help you with wiring questions and none of us want to read about you in the obituaries.

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Old 06-23-2003, 11:59 PM   #13
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Yea, a good wiggy is a great tool. And I have had several chances. The biggest thing is that if there is any doubt, only use one hand. Your fingers will complete the circuit in the one hand as opposed to running it up one hand, through your heart, and out the other.
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Old 06-24-2003, 10:37 AM   #14
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Very good again.. a suggestion on using your wiggins though. Always check it on a KNOWN LIVE CIRCUIT FIRST. Then check the circuit you are going to work on. This verifies that you have a fully functional wiggy. Inspect all of your insulated handles on your tools and tape them off with electrical tape if there are any questionable areas. Shut your power down feeding the panel if possible... never work in a panel that has live circuits even if the circuit you are working with is dead. This is where the one hand rule comes into effect and really is a good practice but is meant for trained electricians working in panels with hot circuits....

It only takes a few mA (milli amps) to fibulate your heart.

Some electrical accidents I have been around...

120 VAC hurts and always seemed to make me hit my head.

277 VAC rocks you and actually made me sick to my stomach

480 VAC... Knocked my father off his feet ... he had 4 Camels lit when his partner asked him what happened.... his wiggy shorted out on him.

13.8 KVAC blew the knee caps off a friend of mine working in a ditch next to the road.

All of the above were lucky, all the above were trained electricians. Be careful and don't assume anything.

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