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Santa

Regular EF Member
I thought that some of you would find this amusing:

I'm remodelling my basement and replacing my electrical boxes and moving them out 1/2 inch for drywall.
The box that contains the main switch for the basement and the staircase gave us big shocks. I investigated and found a loose ground wire. When I reconnected the ground, the shocks stopped.
I still think that there is something wrong. I don't think there should be shocks even without a ground.
I have checked all the outlets connected to that circuit and I don't see any loose wires.
What could be wrong?
Switch box shocks badly. - Straight Dope Message Board - https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=856313
 
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elsparko

so if live wires are "hot" then what is the terminology in yankietown for a hot water pipe? im assuming a yank sparky would bond his hot wire to the hot pipe
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
so if live wires are "hot" then what is the terminology in yankietown for a hot water pipe? im assuming a yank sparky would bond his hot wire to the hot pipe
but how would he get a wire nut on a pipe?
 

freddo

Regular EF Member
That whole thread seemed to just accept faults like that as normal and applying tape over screw terminals was a suitable solution. No mention of insulation testing the circuits. I have some American electrical books and the sections on testing is very limited, often stopping at a 'socket and see' type of check.
 

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