From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: OT (sort of) help for a total newbie
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 20:03:17 -0400
Organization: Do I have to? Well, Ok. If you insist!
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Fred Bloggs wrote:
> Speaking as someone who has been electrocuted on and off since the age
> of four, I agree 100% with your position. It is very difficult to even
> get burned- although I have sustained a 3rd degree at times. That being
> said it is my belief that the greatest danger of injury when dealing
> with any kind of powerful source of electricity, regardless of voltage
> level, is violent explosion of seriously underrated components- even
> certain forms of potted power resistors can become dynamite sticks.
> Therefore my advice to the OP, who I believe is posing as a youngster,
> is to wear goggles at all times, double-double check the
> interconnections before applying power, build the circuit in stages if
> possible, check that the area is clear before applying power to include
> inadvertent contact with bench objects, and always stand clear yourself-
> maybe even behind a makeshift bench barrier, or a plastic bucket over
> the prototype, to catch shrapnel, when applying power to *virgin*
Fred, you sure do post a lot of messages for a dead guy.
Michael A. Terrell