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(Time)   One of our technology writers took it upon himself to stick tweezers into a wet surge protector. Here's the video   (techland.time.com) divider line
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2011-04-14 5:10:01 PM  
Ha... that guy is actually pretty funny.
 
2011-04-14 5:56:41 PM  
enjoyed that. Pretty cool

/not spending $70 on a fking surge protector though
//A vote for me is a vote for...well..me
 
2011-04-14 5:56:51 PM  
20a 120v outlets will do fark all if you short them out. a mild buzz.
go fool around with those 40a 220v circuts or the buzz bar in the breaker panel if you want to feel a real shock.
 
2011-04-14 6:00:43 PM  
'Related Tags: Death...'

This sounds optimistic!
 
2011-04-14 6:03:14 PM  
Alright, I enjoyed it. Fark, you may commence watching.
 
2011-04-14 6:06:30 PM  
IS HE A WIZARD?
 
2011-04-14 6:07:00 PM  
shiat, is there enough scripting on that page

Anyone know what site I need to enable in noscript to let that video play :P
 
2011-04-14 6:07:21 PM  
6 comments and no mention of the shocker? I'm not sure if that's impressive or sad...
 
2011-04-14 6:10:31 PM  

sirbissel: 6 comments and no mention of the shocker? I'm not sure if that's impressive or sad...


Two in the prongs, one in the ground?

Ehhh I could see where it has its uses. Outside electronics and it does seem child resistant. He does make a good point though "If your kid is sticking tweezers in a power socket under running water, you have more problems than a $70 surge protector."
 
2011-04-14 6:21:43 PM  
I must be missing something. Aren't surge protectors designed to eliminate nasty voltage spikes from traveling down the power line to fry your electronics? I never thought they were designed to sense a short between the hot and neutral wires.

I know some of them have a little pop-out circuit breaker, but I am not sure I'd trust that...although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion.
 
2011-04-14 6:27:05 PM  

mr_a: although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion


Honest question: Wouldn't the bridge created by your two fingers be enough to send a full electric charge? It may not course through your whole body, but your fingers are gonna take the full blast because they're connected to your hand. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just don't see too much difference between two hands connecting a current and two fingers doing the same.
 
2011-04-14 6:34:40 PM  
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OHM MI GAWD!

 
2011-04-14 6:40:42 PM  

scottydoesntknow: mr_a: although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion

Honest question: Wouldn't the bridge created by your two fingers be enough to send a full electric charge? It may not course through your whole body, but your fingers are gonna take the full blast because they're connected to your hand. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just don't see too much difference between two hands connecting a current and two fingers doing the same.


Yes, you can get a nice zap from one finger to the other. The electric current will enter one finger, travel through your hand, and exit the other finger. Not much of a big deal-just a buzz on your hand.

But if the current enters your left hand and exits your right hand, it has to cross your heart to get there. The heart and electricity don't mix, which can be fatal.

Same deal with any other source of ground. If you are holding the hot (black) wire in one hand, and your other hand or even feet are connected to a good ground, current across your heart can ensue. Good sources of ground are all around you-water pipes, anything metal with a 3-prong outlet, etc.
 
2011-04-14 6:49:21 PM  

mr_a: scottydoesntknow: mr_a: although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion

Honest question: Wouldn't the bridge created by your two fingers be enough to send a full electric charge? It may not course through your whole body, but your fingers are gonna take the full blast because they're connected to your hand. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just don't see too much difference between two hands connecting a current and two fingers doing the same.

Yes, you can get a nice zap from one finger to the other. The electric current will enter one finger, travel through your hand, and exit the other finger. Not much of a big deal-just a buzz on your hand.

But if the current enters your left hand and exits your right hand, it has to cross your heart to get there. The heart and electricity don't mix, which can be fatal.

Same deal with any other source of ground. If you are holding the hot (black) wire in one hand, and your other hand or even feet are connected to a good ground, current across your heart can ensue. Good sources of ground are all around you-water pipes, anything metal with a 3-prong outlet, etc.


Ahhh stupid me, I forgot about all the squishy stuff between the arms. You'd get the same exterior damage, but your heart won't enjoy the electric uppercut.
 
2011-04-14 7:08:46 PM  
That surge was never wet! FAKE!
 
2011-04-14 7:13:00 PM  

lordargent: shiat, is there enough scripting on that page

Anyone know what site I need to enable in noscript to let that video play :P


It's the brightcove one. I temp enabled 3 before figuring it out.
 
2011-04-14 7:15:59 PM  
Pssh. Give me that thing for a week and I guaran-farking-tee you I will not be alive when the week is over.
 
2011-04-14 7:23:38 PM  
scottydoesntknow: Ahhh stupid me, I forgot about all the squishy stuff between the arms. You'd get the same exterior damage, but your heart won't enjoy the electric uppercut.

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2011-04-14 7:27:39 PM  
I watched the whole thing hoping to see the ZAP! I would've tagged it FAIL.

/I'm shocked at my behavior
 
2011-04-14 8:09:03 PM  
the company claims that this one is water resistant and you can stick tweezers into the sockets without electrocuting yourself to death.

That seems like a pretty farking stupid thing for a company to claim. Don't they have any lawyers?
 
2011-04-14 8:11:54 PM  
Or you may get a little shock if you accidently drop a socket wrench into the top of the box housing the 440a main coming into your house while working on your deck? Because I was told it was normal to leave a whole in the top of the farking box!
 
2011-04-14 8:12:47 PM  

dusty15893: Or you may get a little shock if you accidently drop a socket wrench into the top of the box housing the 440a main coming into your house while working on your deck? Because I was told it was normal to leave a wholehole in the top of the farking box!

 
2011-04-14 8:15:27 PM  

lordargent: scottydoesntknow: Ahhh stupid me, I forgot about all the squishy stuff between the arms. You'd get the same exterior damage, but your heart won't enjoy the electric uppercut.


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Can I just say I'm sooooooo excited for that game!
 
2011-04-14 8:57:31 PM  
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2011-04-14 9:01:13 PM  
The video reaches it's high point with "most pr people want me dead anyway." However are you familiar with the Dirac Delta function?
 
2011-04-14 9:38:01 PM  

SumoJeb: 20a 120v outlets will do fark all if you short them out. a mild buzz.
go fool around with those 40a 220v circuts or the buzz bar in the breaker panel if you want to feel a real shock.


It depends on the resistance. When dry, you're right. I've been hit that way. Wet, though--they can kill.

scottydoesntknow: mr_a: although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion

Honest question: Wouldn't the bridge created by your two fingers be enough to send a full electric charge? It may not course through your whole body, but your fingers are gonna take the full blast because they're connected to your hand. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just don't see too much difference between two hands connecting a current and two fingers doing the same.


If it goes through two fingers it won't get your heart and your arm will still work to pull you clear. If it goes through two hands it can get your heart and it can keep you from freeing yourself.
 
2011-04-14 10:15:21 PM  
My nephew stuck a fork in the wall socket and was blasted across the room. I told him he was grounded!

/tip your waitresses
 
2011-04-14 11:12:10 PM  
Saw a guy get hit with 440 three phase once. He didn't get clamped down onto the line, it blew him back about 4 feet into the wall. He thought he was ok, we all just stared, dead silence. Then his face slid off like the toppings on a tilted pizza, done cooked him good from the inside. He started screaming, I grabbed the medkit, 2 other blokes held him down, got a pressure bandage on his face as best we could, we held him screaming til his voice gave out and the medics showed up. Guy died an hour later on the table at the hospital. I respect electricity, the juice this dumbass is monkeying with might not be immediately lethal, but he's still a dumbass.
 
2011-04-15 12:35:27 AM  

TheFlannelAvenger: Saw a guy get hit with 440 three phase once. He didn't get clamped down onto the line, it blew him back about 4 feet into the wall. He thought he was ok, we all just stared, dead silence. Then his face slid off like the toppings on a tilted pizza, done cooked him good from the inside. He started screaming, I grabbed the medkit, 2 other blokes held him down, got a pressure bandage on his face as best we could, we held him screaming til his voice gave out and the medics showed up. Guy died an hour later on the table at the hospital. I respect electricity, the juice this dumbass is monkeying with might not be immediately lethal, but he's still a dumbass.



good story bro! lol@ the toppings/pizza part. Should have enabled voting.
 
2011-04-15 6:07:36 AM  
For two minutes to show nothing happening that was damn entertaining. No blaring metal or rap music, no poorly spelled white text lingering too long on a blue background explaining everything every step of the way, no fades, slow mo, credits, etc. This is how you do it, people.

Cyno01: [pic]


And thanks for posting that, it's one of my favorite pictures on the whole internet, and I'd almost forgotten about it.
 
2011-04-15 9:14:56 AM  
TheFlannelAvenger: Saw a guy get hit with 440 three phase once. He didn't get clamped down onto the line, it blew him back about 4 feet into the wall. He thought he was ok, we all just stared, dead silence. Then his face slid off like the toppings on a tilted pizza, done cooked him good from the inside. He started screaming, I grabbed the medkit, 2 other blokes held him down, got a pressure bandage on his face as best we could, we held him screaming til his voice gave out and the medics showed up. Guy died an hour later on the table at the hospital. I respect electricity, the juice this dumbass is monkeying with might not be immediately lethal, but he's still a dumbass.

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2011-04-15 12:42:56 PM  

mr_a: I must be missing something. Aren't surge protectors designed to eliminate nasty voltage spikes from traveling down the power line to fry your electronics? I never thought they were designed to sense a short between the hot and neutral wires.

I know some of them have a little pop-out circuit breaker, but I am not sure I'd trust that...although SumoJeb is right, house current is pretty tame when you are holding on to a shorted pair of tweezers with one hand. Hold the hot in your right hand and the neutral in your left and you might have a different opinion.


Trouble is, what SumoJeb said would be totally retarded, if it wasn't a joke.

Everything about it was wrong. 120v isn't safe to touch. 220 volts doesn't exist. Shorting a 120 volt circuit is dumb. The 240v (what he meant by "220") bus ("buzz")is only 120 v to ground, and therefor not different in an electric shock situation than touching 120v, unless you contact both lines. The current rating of the breaker being 20 vs. 40 amps does not in any way change what you feel or the current through your body when you touch the conductor. But otherwise, he was spot on!
 
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