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From: email@example.comUrPants (Take off UrPants to reply)
Date: 04 Nov 2002 10:35:52 GMT
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
Subject: Re: household electrical failiure
>This shows that, however well you understand the *physics* of
>electricity, you do NOT have the **practical knowledge** to carry out a
>successful diagnosis and repair.
This may well be true, but so far all you guys have offered me is insults with
no explanation to back it up. Please tell me what is wrong with the splice I
propose or at least point me to a place I can read about it. If you want to
convince me, don't just call me ignorant and foolish. I have no way to tell if
you guys are just full of shit because you are only speaking in generalities. I
don't pretend to know a lot about the techniques used in household wiring, but
I do know that I have decent mechanical skills, sound knowlege of the
underlying principles, and that I learn fast. I also venture to say that
household wiring is not rocket science or brain surgery, both of which I have
done (though not brain surgery on humans).
Further, thanks for pointing out that the open neutral presents a hazard. Once
you pointed it out I realized that the grey wire was carrying a charge through
the appliances plugged in further down the line. Now that i have shut those
off, the grey reads dead. You productively jarred my thinking process even if I
still doubt that any of those appliances could have generated a shock.
So does the neutral go back to the power station or is it local. I always
thought that it went back to the powerstation and that's what differentiated it
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