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I installed a ceiling fan without turning the breaker off, I just flipped the wall switch off.
Also, I tore all the tags off of my pillows and mattresses.

Later I might tear that big warning label off of her hair dryer. Yea.
 

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If I'm home alone and I know that no one is going to flip the switch on me I rarely turn off the breaker. I've even switched outlets without turning off the power, just put one hand in your pocket, you don't want to close a circuit through your arms and chest...
 

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DLMKA said:
If I'm home alone and I know that no one is going to flip the switch on me I rarely turn off the breaker. I've even switched outlets without turning off the power, just put one hand in your pocket, you don't want to close a circuit through your arms and chest...
Changing an outlet with one hand in my pocket sounds like a lot more trouble than killing a breaker.
 

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LWP said:
Changing an outlet with one hand in my pocket sounds like a lot more trouble than killing a breaker.

If you have no effing idea where the breaker is it's not....
 

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I replaced all the outlets in my house a few years back. I only turned off the breakers to figure out how the wires were laid out. (there was some wiring that was done rather weird)

Before putting the face plates back on the switchs and outlets, I wrote the breaker number on the faceplate. That way if I want to turn off the power, I don't have to play any guessing games.
 

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GirchyGirchy said:
Sounds like a good opportunity to label your breakers - that's well worth the trouble IMO.
This wasn't in my house, it was an old warehouse building with several tenants, we couldn't just start trying breakers.
 

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I saw a co-worker pop a 480 outlet by yanking the cord out. It singed his hair, flash blinded him for a bit, and his metal framed glasses burnt his face. I was 50 feet away and I was seeing stars for a while. Good stuff.
 

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MCF said:
I got hit with 120VAC once...my thumb hurt for a couple days.
Did that with single phase 220 between thumb and index finger, my hand felt odd for a bit. Second time wasn't that bad because the GFCI was eager to please.
 

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I read that as feeling contagious
 

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50 ma is enough to put you into v-fib. I've seen pix of toasted squirrels where a 15a breaker never tripped.

Even if nobody else is around, you don't know what the wiring in the wall looks like, or if the guy before connected the wires correctly (I've seen many examples of where it wasn't, including in my own house)

Google arc flash- even 120v @15a can be a big problem

There's a reason that OSHA has a lockout-tagout standard........
 

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Gart said:
What's next? Riding without a helmet or listening to music?
I listen to music sometimes when riding, I might venture out this weekend without a helmet and gloves and do some mountain biking.
I regularly have unprotected secks with myself, but so far so good...
 
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