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WHEW ! Close Call


Well I lucked out this morning on what could have been pretty serious.

I was in the shop using the skill saw, jig saw and drill with a cheap white extension cord with the plastic female end.  After I finished with the skill saw and was changing over to the drill I just dropped the cords on the floor and I heard something break.  Fortunately (I'm sure there's a better word) I heard it and looked down to see what it was and low and behold the female plastic end had broken and there laid the two exposed wires ready for me to step on (which I would have done in just a few seconds).

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As for me I'm chunking all of my plastic cords in the shop and will only use the hard rubber kind from now on.  I hope this keeps any viewers from a potential accident like this.



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wow. them shouldnt even be sold.

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Yep.  I'm surprised that didn't trip the breaker; those ends look like they are touching.  Just as an aside, I recommend for shop and jobsite, an industrial grade cord, 14-3 minimum, or 12-3, with whatever ends you like, and a length that is useful, so's you don't have to plug a bunch of things together to get to where you need to be.  They come in all sorts of colors these days; I have mostly orange ones, and a few yellow, all the way from 15' up to 100', and my real heavy duty ones are shop made with black jacketed 12 or 10-3.



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Yep  !! that would have tingled your ding=a=ling,,, for sure,,, and most likely created a dance routine,,,

T Geeze is right,, those things shouldn't even sold bet there is a tag somewher on it that says MADE IN CHINA

Thats one of my N/Years resolutions ,, buy made in USA , or do with out



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Rrumbler wrote:

Yep.  I'm surprised that didn't trip the breaker; those ends look like they are touching.  Just as an aside, I recommend for shop and jobsite, an industrial grade cord, 14-3 minimum, or 12-3, with whatever ends you like, and a length that is useful, so's you don't have to plug a bunch of things together to get to where you need to be.  They come in all sorts of colors these days; I have mostly orange ones, and a few yellow, all the way from 15' up to 100', and my real heavy duty ones are shop made with black jacketed 12 or 10-3.


I've got a 25" and a 100' for outside and in the shop now and they are orange and heavier.

I've moved the white cheapies into the house for and etc.



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If I had taken one small step to the left, we would have found out if the breakers and wiring my neighbor did was done right wouldn't we?



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i bet you woulda done a jig mego. mite even shake somethin loose. like that old back. rrumbler is dead on about them cords. its hard on your tools to go to far or use several cords plugged together.many of the jobs i worked on used 12-2-wg twist lock ends.i was the one that got there early ever day and ran the cords out for the workers and rolled um up ever enin at quittin time. im talkin purdy big jobs. miles of cords big as your thumb. yep, my dad was the boss and made sure nobody could say he favored me. i did everything nobody wanted. at the time it pizzed me off but it made me much of what i am today. i dont shy away from nothin. hahaha. thanks dad.

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geezer69 wrote:

i bet you woulda done a jig mego. mite even shake somethin loose. like that old back.


guaranteed I would have been searching the shop for my uppers and lowers biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

not to mention the immediate need to change clothes



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i ben shocked so many times it dont bother me much no more. i think it helps ole auther ritis out some. on the 110 stuff i dont turn it off to work on it. dont nobody try it. im just that dumb.

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i ben shocked so many times it dont bother me much no more. i think it helps ole auther ritis out some. on the 110 stuff i dont turn it off to work on it. dont nobody try it. im just that dumb.


Yeah I've had friends that did that too - - - - scared the peewaddle outa me just to watch them.

I don't trust or mess with anything I can't see no



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The worst I ever got hurt from a shock, and I have been whacked a lot, was from a 110V dishwasher circuit; pert'near killed me, I think.  I saw stars, and hurt like I'd been beat up (well, I had, sort'a) for a couple of weeks.  



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yeah, i shouldnt to that but i do.i sure wouldnt advise anyone to do it. i'll probably get mine one day. hahaha.

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You ain't awake till you get shocked by a 220 welder,, that makes every bone in the body rattle,, no



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Then there is that complete MSD ignition system on my street rod. Just decide that you need to adjust the timing, loosen up that distributor bolt then crank her up. Of course you grab hold of the top of the distributor cap to do your adjusting - but you WILL only do THAT once - and feel the tingle of 40-45,000 volts run up your arm (luckily not many amps). Even with new wires that little jolt can give you a rude awakening and give the neighbors a set of new words to recall your indiscretion (stupidity?).

My work extensions are mostly 14 and 12 ga with a couple of 16's just for lighting thrown in. Anything 14 ga and heavier has gotten dammed expensive the last couple of years. I priced a 25 foot 14ga at HF a couple weeks ago and it was almost $30, about the same as Home Depot/Lowe's nowadays. A 100' 12ga is about $80 now - and I guard mine well.



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dang, im glad i took all that wire out of that dang buildin i took apart. heck, i got several long rolls in the shed. one is 300' of 12-2 wg ! dang. im sure i'll have to by some but i'll smile my tookus off ever time i use a piece i saved outa that buildin.dave, i got shocked by a dis one time! hahaha, a stock one is bad enough. hahaha

-- Edited by geezer69 on Thursday 27th of December 2012 03:03:58 PM

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I have probably 25-30 Ex -cords most are 100' from when we sold out,, along with a bunch of De-walt screw guns , chargers, impact guns,, but mostly pretty well used up now,,

the cords have lasted quite a while,, don't use but about 2 or 3 of em , at a time,, I have a bunch of 6' plug in strips, along the walls of the shop,, wired on 3 different circuits,,so theres always a handy plug in close by,,both 220 and 110,,,



-- Edited by Bad Rat on Thursday 27th of December 2012 07:37:22 PM

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