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Postby domination2580 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:53 am

So I was working on my overflow box and had to put a used heater I had laying around to keep the temp OK over night. Well turned out the heater had a short in it. Went to grab something from the tank and I instant started getting electrocuted. My hands suddenly grows the tank and I couldn't get them off. Ended up having the tank fall on top of me. Broke the tank, and best the crap out of me. ImageImageImageImageImage
All my dad did was complain and worry about the mess it made and not about me. Ended up having the gf take me to urgent care and got 15 stitches

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Re: Disaster

Postby cdness » Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:52 pm

ouch... Glad you are ok. Looks like no fun for sure. I guess that just shows why I typically toss out any old heaters because the risks sure outweigh the savings.
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Re: Disaster

Postby kevine9723 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:18 pm

I was just talking to Matt about this type of thing the other day I have been cleaning my fish room and tossing stuff and going to buy new backups to keep on a shelf
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Re: Disaster

Postby SoDak » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:28 pm

Do you have a GFI installed on the circuit you are using for all your equipment? If you do I would replace it because it should have popped before shocking you that much. If you don't, that would be a good purchase. Hope you are ok.
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Re: Disaster

Postby black hills tj » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:44 pm

Dang man. Sorry to hear about the incident, but at least you are around to tell the story! Get well soon.
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Re: Disaster

Postby domination2580 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:46 am

Yeah definitely buying a gfci and ground probes as well

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Re: Disaster

Postby iced98lx » Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:02 pm

Sorry to see this, that sucks big time. I've got visions of this running through my head having a bare concrete floor in the room my sump is in. I wear slippers with rubber soles and test my GFCI's regularly.

Glad you're OK and healing!
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Re: Disaster

Postby domination2580 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:26 pm

Can someone please explain gfci and how they work and how to hook them up

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Re: Disaster

Postby domination2580 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:27 pm

It would be awesome to know everything I can about them to be able to know what's is really going on

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Re: Disaster

Postby iced98lx » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:45 pm

GFCI outlets reduce the danger of deadly shock from faulty plug-in cords and devices. A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is a special type of outlet that detects dangerous ground faults and immediately turns off the power to stop shocks. You can replace almost any electrical outlet with a GFCI outlet. Correctly wired GFCIs will also protect other outlets on the same circuit.


What is a ground fault?

A ground fault is an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface. Ground faults most often occur when equipment is damaged or defective, such that live electrical parts are no longer adequately protected from unintended contact.


So, in your case, heater -> You - > Grounded surface (bare concrete floor?)


http://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica ... s/view-all

https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/118853/099.pdf
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Re: Disaster

Postby domination2580 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:31 pm

Carpets for

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Re: Disaster

Postby domination2580 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:32 pm

Floor. How do you test gfci

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