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18 March 2015 - 8:38pm

The shock of a lifetime...

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This afternoon I was sitting in my office doing some work when all of a sudden booop.... Everything went down upstairs and my internet went out as well.

Thinking it was a circuit, I ended up going to my breaker box and checked to see which one it was. All circuits were working fine, so I turned off the one marked in the box for the affected area. After some work of checking outlets with an electric tester I ended up finding that there was no voltage to any of the circuits and decided to check the outlets to check for a loose wire...

The first outlet gave me the shock of a lifetime, LITERALLY! I ended up getting a nice 120 volt surge through my body for a second until I ended up being able to let go of the outlet. If you have never been electrocuted before, let me tell you that it isn't fun. Both of my arms cramped up, I felt a pulsing through my body and I got this weird taste in my mouth that just went away.

It turns out the previous homeowners didn't label my circuit breaker correctly, which caused me to get the shock. I ended up cutting all power to my house and found out that some wires had become untwisted near that same outlet, and after I taped them together and electric taped them for safety, everything is working! I even managed to score a 200x win on a slot as soon as my internet came back online!

I just thought I'd share this "shocking" tale for all involved. Have you ever been shocked? What did it feel like to you?

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18 March 2015 - 11:29pm

Man that is bad. I am so glad you are ok. I'm sure the 200x win helps!

Here in Australia everything is 240v and it is illegal to do your own electrical work. I have to get an electrician in to do anything involving wiring. The idea is to avoid exactly the sort of screw ups that you have described which can be lethal at 240v.

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10 December 2015 - 2:42am

That's really bad event. Glad to have a chat with you here and you're 100% okey. Be safe.

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10 December 2015 - 5:57pm

Thanks Esposito.

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