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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    God wouldnt it be embarassing if they had a BEng in Electrical Engineering or something or they were a physics teacher.

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    God wouldnt it be embarassing if they had a BEng in Electrical Engineering or something or they were a physics teacher.
    You're probably not far wrong! 8)

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    Well as much credit as people give teachers...some of them are the stupidest people i've ever met....no joke!

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Did find this hilarious but then I can't help but feel a twinge of "ouch" like empathy pain as I remember situations I've managed.

    - An hour trying to figuring out why a PCs screen won't work and having my sister solve the problem by plugging in the right lead.

    - Asking a housemate to check an extension cord was long enough while I had the stripped live and neutral wires in my hand only to realise he'd plugged the damn thing in and flipped it on (thank **ck for rubber shoes!)

    - Replacing RAM in a PC that had a whisper quiet PSU... Well I thought it was off.


    Perhaps I'm a muppet and perhaps I've just had longer to make dumb mistakes... Who knew

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    contink your forgetting one of the first rules of been a man, never EVER admit your mistakes lol

    if you do that people never let you forget

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    OMG!

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    I did a smiliar thing with the electric shock...I was re-patching a lantern on the lighting rig during a rehearsal and didnt fade off the channel cause it was part of a scene in the memory and it would have meant killing all the lights (idiot lighing desk ). The round pin 15A sockets that lighting uses doesnt have the insulated part of the live and neutral pins...i caught my fingers on the two.......it hurt.

    I was in year 9 at the time.

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB
    I bill the individual/department for this kind of stupidity. Soon wipes the smile off their face
    Yup, that's exactly what we do AND we make sure all their colleagues get to hear about it...


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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    You kinda never forget getting 240v down your arm.

    Happened to me at a house I was renting, electrics weren't working in the garage so I switched them off at the fusebox in the house before opening up the fusebox in the garage to check the wiring.

    Found out the damn thing was still live when I touched one of the terminals and got a massive shock down my arm! Some idiot had bypassed the isolating switch in the house (It most probably kept tripping due to the state of the wiring in the garage) so whatever you did to the switch, the garage circuit was always on. Learnt my lesson on that one!

    Mike.

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Quote Originally Posted by maniac
    You kinda never forget getting 240v down your arm.
    Lol I agree. Like the time I was supporting a metal ladder and the guy up it put a drill through the ring main....


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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    and didnt fade off the channel cause it was part of a scene in the memory and it would have meant killing all the lights (idiot lighing desk ). The round pin 15A sockets that lighting uses doesnt have the insulated part of the live and neutral pins
    It still would have bitten you faded down. All due to the way dimmers work.

    Moral of that story? Never touch the shiny bits!

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    I did a smiliar thing with the electric shock...I was re-patching a lantern on the lighting rig during a rehearsal and didnt fade off the channel cause it was part of a scene in the memory and it would have meant killing all the lights (idiot lighing desk ). The round pin 15A sockets that lighting uses doesnt have the insulated part of the live and neutral pins...i caught my fingers on the two.......it hurt.

    I was in year 9 at the time.
    Should you have even been touching mains electic???

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    Actually I heard, that this particular error is quite common amount emigrants who move to Australia, bringing with them their 110V electric devices.

    Bang! Flash! puff !!

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    @john...If i shouldnt have been touching it then they shouldnt have asked me to touch it and the H&S officer should have expressed his concern for something more than ladders (which i never went near aside from moving them). But...at the same time it's not like i dont accept responsibility for it!

    @Andrew_C yes. Uses thyristers or something like that IIRC. Fingers slip. You dont do it on purpose.

    You learn your lesson very quickly to make sure that a circuit isnt live before you go near it. Always test to be on the safe side using a multimeter if you're not sure. (We get taught that at uni.) I was younger then and being careless. You dont learn not to prod the dog unless you get bitten...if you get my drift.

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    Re: I've just got to share this...

    I had a techie do this on my work bench after fitting a new graphics card. He fitted the card during lunch as a private job for a teacher. He waited until registration to switch it back on not realising he had moved the voltage switch. The cloud of smoke set the detector off and we had to evactuate the building.

    I blagged it for him when the head came aound asking questions but the power supply melted over the rest of the machine and the worktop.

    From then on we don't have any private jobs in the school.

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