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What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « on: November 27, 2020, 10:02:21 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
Over my 52 1/2 years I've been "lit up" quite a few times I can't count the number of 120v "hits" . The more memorable ones :

 My 1966 mustang , when I got it I was having trouble getting it to run smoothly, after a few hours of fiddling with the engine I decided to give up for the day . I went to re-install the air cleaner on the still running engine and in the process inadvertently leaned on the distributor. WELL, I quickly found out the rough running problem was the spark plug wires as I actually stalled the engine whilst getting one HELL of a shock !! :o

 While working on my Norelco SOX streetlight I accidently brushed the back of my hand into the capacitor terminals! :o 315v!!

 When I was in high school , I was trying to trouble shoot my M250/R1 150w S-56 HPS and was unaware my hand was touching the ignitor when I plugged it in !  :o

 Lastly , while working on lighting at work , I've been "bit" by 277v a few times ! :o  That HURTS !!

 What have YOU done ???
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #1 on: November 27, 2020, 10:17:24 PM » Author: Bulbman256
Over my 14 5/6 years of my life (keeping the fractions around lol :mrg: )I have shocked myself at, i stuck my finger inside of an open socket in my grandma's fringe that was missing a lamp and got shocked, touched an exposed socket and got bit, and i grabbed an unscrewed exposed outlet with the power on because i forgot to unplug it. I also have hurt myself on the peso electric in my light keeper pro. Was your mustang a notchback, fastback or convertible, and was there anything interesting with it?
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #2 on: November 27, 2020, 10:33:23 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
The Mustang was a plain , nothing special notchback . It had a grand total of 5 options , 289 2bbl V-8 , automatic trans , power steering , heater , (YES, that was an option !!) , and 2-tone upholstery. 
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #3 on: November 27, 2020, 10:35:21 PM » Author: Binarix128
The only time I got a belt was this year at my 14 years. I was figuring out how to run a ceiling fan motor by connecting wires around. Nothing happened, maybe the motor was EOL, but the 5uF capacitor got changed. Then I manipulated the wires but first I shorted the capacitor for discharging it, but no spark so I continued messing the wiring when I accidentally grabbed the capacitor with both hands and it gave me a 220V belt across the chest.  :poof: It gave me a big scare. But because it was a rather small capacitor it was more like a great zap than anything else. Because the motor was EOL I ended up recycling the parts of the fan and of course the capacitor, so I ended up covering its terminals with tape.  ;D

Edit: once you get the belt you realize you forgot to wear gloves.  ::)
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #4 on: November 27, 2020, 10:35:51 PM » Author: Bulbman256
The Mustang was a plain , nothing special notchback . It had a grand total of 5 options , 289 2bbl V-8 , automatic trans , power steering , heater , (YES, that was an option !!) , and 2-tone upholstery.
Well the 289 is better then the i-6, and you didn't have to bring the wide light with a generator in the car to keep you warm!
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #5 on: November 27, 2020, 10:49:26 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
I just couldn't picture a car without a heater ! :poof:  when I lived in Georgia , I'd run the heater during the rain to help to keep the insides of the windows from fogging up.

 @ Binarix128 : Capacitors hurt !
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #6 on: November 27, 2020, 10:56:30 PM » Author: joseph_125
Worst was probably that time I shocked myself with a NST a while back. The most recent would be when I got bit by 120v terminal on one of my cassette decks around a month ago.

As for cars without heaters, I didn't even know they made them without heaters. Granted I live in Canada where it actually gets really cold during the winter.
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #7 on: November 27, 2020, 11:16:00 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
Back in the 60's a before , heaters were an option in a lot of cars .
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #8 on: November 27, 2020, 11:30:44 PM » Author: High Intensity
The Worst shock of all time was a few months ago when I got zapped by a 2xF40T12 ballast, I had been experimenting with it as a 1xF32T8 preheat ballast when the wire caps on a red and blue wire I was not using had fallen off, so the back of my hand landed on top of those wires and ZAP. It hurt like heck and continued to hurt for a while as there were two burn marks on the back of my hand where the wires landed.

While not totally related, I had an odd dream recently where I got zapped by a string of mini lights, except it caused me to wake up in bed feeling like I had just been zapped. @-@
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #9 on: November 27, 2020, 11:34:22 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
I have been shocked by a set of mini lights ! I tried to replace what I thought was just a burned out clear bulb. WRONG ! It was broken , when I grabbed it , YEOOW !!  :o
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #10 on: November 28, 2020, 12:18:21 AM » Author: Xytrell
340VDC through the hand while poking around inside a live ATX power supply hurt the most. Left my hand numb or tingling for several minutes. I've never experienced that with other shocks for some reason. :wndr:

I've also been bit by a flyback transformer once (~15kVDC ~15mA current limit), HeNe laser PSU once (2kV 6mA current limit), ion laser PSU once (190VDC no current limit), 240v mains once or twice, and 120v mains once or twice a year.

I dunno if this counts, but one cold dry winter day, I had just removed the plastic bag liner for a gaylord (cardboard box nearly 2 meters high with a footprint the size of a shipping pallet) that previously held a literal ton of PVC pellets. When the static of handling that enormous bag discharged into the stair railing I touched next, the shock not only hurt my ears, but also left a somewhat deep black pit on my thumb as well.
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #11 on: November 28, 2020, 12:31:10 AM » Author: Fluorescent05
I have been shocked multiple times. Here are the ones I can remember:
I was around 6 and I plugged the neutral prong of a lamp cord into an extension cord so that the hot hole was open and the hot prong was off to the side of the extension cord. I wired the end of one wire to the hole and the other wire to the prong. I then wired the other end of each wire to a Leviton brown 1451 residential grade switch. I plugged the extension cord into the wall then flipped the switch a few times. Of course the light turned on and off. Then I accidentally touched an exposed terminal on the side of the switch and got my first electric shock! It was very painful! I then decided to go take the wires out of the extension cord WITHOUT unplugging it and (surprise!) I got a second shock!

Another time when I was about 9 I was at my grandparents' house playing with a 1970s cord that powered their China cabinet. I accidentally touched the hot prong and got a nasty shock.

About 3 years ago I was taking apart a camera with a xenon flash tube and I accidentally brushed the back of my hand against the flash capacitor! It was not fun at 330 volts! The worst part was that I did it multiple times that same day!

Another switch related one: I was testing a Leviton 260-I small toggle snap switch (necessary to mention because unlike most switches, it has terminals on the top and bottom instead of the sides) and I forgot to unplug it before trying to remove it, which resulted in me touching the bottom of the switch right where the terminals were. I was able to pull away fast enough that it was just a scare though.
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #12 on: November 28, 2020, 08:57:45 AM » Author: Cole D.
I think I gotten a small shock from a 9V battery before or other D or C cell batteries when playing with electric motors. I never had been shocked at AC current however.
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #13 on: November 28, 2020, 10:13:42 AM » Author: Binarix128
I think I gotten a small shock from a 9V battery before or other D or C cell batteries when playing with electric motors. I never had been shocked at AC current however.
As far as I know you can't get shocked by 9VDC, but if you touch where you disconnect the motor you will get easily a 200v shock because of the collapse of the magnetic field in the motor. You might get a tingle with a 9V battery if you have an open wound.
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Re: What's the worst you've ever been shocked ? « Reply #14 on: November 28, 2020, 10:28:19 AM » Author: HPS_250
Honestly, I haven’t been shocked by AC that many times in my life, so the most recent and worst time I was shocked is this. I had found a cheap PAR30 LED bulb in the garage. It didn’t look damaged and I wasn’t sure where it had come from, so I decided to test it. I didn’t notice that the plastic cover was loose while screwing it in, so just as the bulb lit up the cover came off, sending a live electrical contact into my thumb. I turned off the power quickly, so I mostly just got a cut from the contact pin. I can say that being shocked by DC hurts!!

There aren’t any times I’ve been shocked by AC that are detailed or severe enough to put here.
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