From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: OT (sort of) help for a total newbie
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 14:54:42 GMT
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Justin Farrelly wrote:
> Hi Luke,
> Like the others I too am concerned about you heading off into the world
> of 110VAC on your first project. Many of us who are most probably
> a little older than you are steer well clear of 110VAC, and basically
> anything over 48V just because it does go wrong so easily. It is
> very unforgiving if you accidently make yourself part of the circuit,
> and most professionals who do design work at 110V work in an
> environment where it is compulsory for other CPR trained workers
> to be present at all times: I know, I work in that space sometimes,
> and have a few scars to show for it!!
> On a positive note, there are lots of really excellent things you
> can do at low cost, that will run on batteries, and fit in your pocket
> if you wish. Many of these you can experiment with to your
> hearts content and even if you do get it wrong, many times the
> components will forgive you (well, once or twice!!).
> This is definitly the place to get help, with lots of friendly people,
> and many, like myself would be happy to see if we can help you
> get something built you can be proud of.
> Have a think about what you want to do, and mail us back!!
I have mixed feelings about the warnings in this thread. We don't know
anything about the OP, of course, except that he is young. However, at
my age, cops look like school children.
Some of us here grew up in the 1950s and messed with electronics then.
Everything seemed to involve voltages above 100 volts. The adults around
me in those days seemed to assume that because I was smart enough not to
touch a hot stove, I could probably manage to stay out of trouble with
The warnings, however responsible and reasonable, are inconsistent with
the behavior of some of us older posters when we were young.
Did you ever see a bunch of grade school kids holding hands in a circle
while someone cranked an old telephone ring generator? Ever see the old
prank of connecting a Model T ignition coil to a door knob? There are a
lot more that no one would ever do today.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com