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Old 03-03-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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I'm not an electrician so i'm asking some. Is it still possible to get shocked while you are installing recepticals while they are hot even if you are wearing rubber soled boots? Since you aren't grounded.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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Yes.

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Thanks. Because the panel is grounded?
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All you need to do is ground yourself while holding the hot. Ever touch a screwdriver to the box when you were screwing the terminal down? BOOM! Same thing if you touch the wire and the box. You have completed the circuit.
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Because you might inadvertently contact hot and neutral (or ground) at the same time.

Experience will acquaint you with the various scenarios that can come into play, hopefully non-fatally. Or you could spend a few less years learning the theory of electrical circuitry and spare yourself much of the uncertainty and pain.
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Got into a disagreement with a guy today while putting some plugs in. He said he only got shocked because he was sitting on the ground on not standing on he feet. I told him that if he didnt believe me to stand up and touch it but he wouldnt.
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Because you might inadvertently contact hot and neutral (or ground) at the same time.

Experience will acquaint you with the various scenarios that can come into play, hopefully non-fatally. Or you could spend a few less years learning the theory of electrical circuitry and spare yourself much of the uncertainty and pain.
Or just flip the breaker off?
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I suggested that but he's a know it all and said it wouldnt shock him. He doesn't work for me or it would have been off for sure.
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Rule #1

You don't change receptacles hot

Hell yes you'll get shocked and it's not a fun experience

Tell the guy that you got into in a disagreement with to pound sand and kill the power

You don't need an electrician to answer this either, just a little common sense
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I guess I must have a little common sense since I was right.
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If you want to take the wires out of the back of a swich when they are the push in kind....It's a bad idea to leave the power on and use a spade bit to push in the back of the switch
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Rule #1

You don't change receptacles hot

Hell yes you'll get shocked and it's not a fun experience

Tell the guy that you got into in a disagreement with to pound sand and kill the power

You don't need an electrician to answer this either, just a little common sense
I change plugs out hot all the time.
But Im gifted,or is that touched or maybe its a little of both!
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I change plugs out hot all the time.
But Im gifted,or is that touched or maybe its a little of both!
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Got into a disagreement with a guy today while putting some plugs in. He said he only got shocked because he was sitting on the ground on not standing on he feet. I told him that if he didnt believe me to stand up and touch it but he wouldnt.
A. You were installing receptacles. "Plugs" are on the ends of cords.

B. Just the fact that you had the conversation in this little story tells me neither of you are qualified to be doing this work.

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