Electrical Stupidity

Things That Make You Say "Ouch"!

As an Electrician and an Electrical Designer I have come across a lot of amazing things that people have done instead of hiring a Professional Electrician. People do not realise how dangerous electricity is, how quickly it can kill you, how quickly it can burn you, how quickly it can burn down your home with you and your family in it. Electricity is a beast that does not care who you are, where you are from, how much money you have, all it wants to do is flow, and if you allow it, it will flow through you. 

Electrical No No's

Oh no not that.
Oh no not that.
It was not me.
It was not me.
I need help.
I need help.

High Voltage Safety

High voltage is of course extremely dangerous and is like being hit by lightning, something only a Professional Electrician should deal with. 240v (like your stove, water heater, drier) will kill you just as easy as high voltage, sometimes it will knock you away, sometimes it will hold you with your hands locked around the object you are being electrocuted by. New laws have been passed in the National Electrical Code 2008 to help prevent people from being electrocuted by household appliances. It has passed a law that stoves and driers have to have a 2 hot wires, 1 neutral, and 1 ground, the appliance should have wiring that is specified by the manufacturer and the National Electrical Code 2008 to help protect you from being electrocuted by the appliance.

More No No's

Something new has been added.
Something new has been added.
Who said this was hard.
Who said this was hard.
Where is the light switch.
Where is the light switch.

Appliance Dangers

So many people do not realize that you can make contact with your washer (that is wet from damp clothes) and touch the dryer at the same time and be shocked if it is not properly grounded. The same thing goes for your stove, you could be cooking something, spill water on the floor, make contact with the stove and get shocked, and even if you have done this many times with out getting shocked, during the right circumstances you will fry (not just your food)(sorry i am not trying to scare you just inform you). The worst electrical voltage is the standard 110v, or for you nonelectrical folks, television, dvd player, computer, mixer, blender, toaster, clothes washer, radio and a host of other convenience equipment that makes our life's better. These items under the right circumstance's can kill you if your receptacle outlet (plug in) is not properly grounded.

It Can't Happen To Me

This should do nicely.
This should do nicely.
"Hold that tiger".
"Hold that tiger".
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".

Ground Fault Receptacles

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting outlets should be used above counters spaces within 5'-0" of the sink, otherwise if receptacle is not at least 5'-0" away from the sink use a Ground Fault Receptacle. As an Electrician i make all of the receptacles in the kitchen Ground Fault, but that is my preference for my own use. Your local Electrical Contractor's will very with their ideas for the use of Ground Fault Receptacles, if you have an Architect building your home have him consult with a professional Electrical Engineer for electrical requirements in your state, and the National Electrical Code 2008 regulations (play it safe). I personally have been electrocuted 3 times, and i know what i am doing (ha!), it always happens when you least expect it, especially when working with live wires, i was being careful and still got zapped, you just never know when the beast will strike.

Things Not To Do

Do not try this at home.
Do not try this at home.
This should work for now.
This should work for now.
Maybe just one more plug.
Maybe just one more plug.

Fighting The Beast

The bad thing about a 110v electrical circuit is that it closes your hands around the wire or object (like you have a cramp in your hand) and you can not let go. Inform your spouce and children to never touch someone being electrocuted, or stand in the water that the person is being electrocuted in, because they will get fried too. The best thing to do is shut off the power (throw the main breaker), but if you can not get to the main box quickly, use a big rolled up towel, a long cord, a rope, a robe, wooden chair, wooden coat rack (hall stand), anything long that is not metal that will go over, or push the person (without touching them or have you standing in the water) so that you can pull or push them away from the power source. After you have the person safely away from the power source turn off the power before you try to unplug the appliance, because you will be next, clean up the water then turn on the power back on (please be careful, "the life you save may be own"). I have included a few pictures of some amazing electrical stupidity that people have done and should not do, take heed, allow a professional to work on electrical problems, or additions.

Tame The Beast

What happened?
What happened?
And to think i use to pay for this.
And to think i use to pay for this.
The "Beast"
The "Beast"

Comments 17 comments

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice funny pictures.  But seriously a job for a pro should be left to a pro....hehe


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi countrywomen, thanks for the great reply, and you are right electrical is something for professionals. just remember what you saw today on my hub.


SirDent 7 years ago

I am not a licensed elctrician, but I have done lots of electrical work. I always used to put two circuits in Kitchens and use GFCI on both circuits, plus a circuit for the fridge by itself.

I like how you presented the information. All outlets should be grounded properly. One thing you might should mention is that the neutral will also be "hot" at times.


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi SirDent, thanks for the great reply, i always have the refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, and some coffee makers on a separate circuit by it's self, and you are right neutrals can be energized, and dangerous when not installed properly by a professional electrician. thanks again.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Very good Roger, the extent of my skills are that I can wire a plug (Wow, I hear you say!). This advice is very good, and I too believe you should always pay a pro to do the job when dealing with something as dangerous as electricity.


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi misty, thanks for the great review, i am glad to hear that you will get someone professionally to do the electrical.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Yes, fortunately for us we have a very good friend who is also an electrician and does the electrics in aeroplanes, so he can do anything we need for next to no charge :)


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi misty, i am glad that you have a friend like that, i usally do that for friends and family too. some of my friends look like the little boy with the knife, i will just dig it out, what harm can that be (ouch!).


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Lgali 7 years ago

funny pictures


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi Lgali, thanks, i hope this hub was of some help to you.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

useful hub - get a pro to do electricial work for you, I think is the best advice!


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi LondonGirl, thanks for the great reply, and you are right it could save your life.


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allshookup 7 years ago from The South, United States

LOL Sadly I have seen many more No Nos that Yes Yeses. Remember where we live! LOL Lots of shade-tree electricians around these parts! You should see my attic! LOL Great hub once again! Thanks!! The worst whipping I ever gave my son was when he tried to 'crank' the plugin with my car keys. He was 2 and he knew better. He got really quiet, which was not normal. So, I knew he was up to something. Then I caught him trying to crank the plugin. He got the belt. And that was the last time it happened, thankfully. I tried to fix a plugin's hair with a bobbypin when I was about 2 years old and got shocked while my momma was on the phone. I remember the jolt well. Maybe that's what wrong with me to this day. Hmm......


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Roger Renwick 7 years ago from Florence, Alabama Author

hi Allshookup, your name shows your experence with electricity, bet you did not do it again, and the taste in your mouth stayed for a long time too huh. if you feel that there maybe something wrong with your wiring have someone check it out that knows what they are doing, or buy a bunch of smoke detectors (ha!). thanks for the great reply.


willowraintree 7 years ago

Thanks Roger...I have great respect for the people that work with electricity. I have a gas stove and splashed water out of a pan on it. Had to open windows in case the pilot light was out..then mop up,and check the pilot light. Did not want an electric stove. But electricity puts the fear in me and I turn every thing off when there is a thunderstorm, and I will not wash dishes nor take a bath during a storm. Yes..I believe in getting a pro for the job.


galenbrent 7 years ago

hahaha I liked the pictures you used.


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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

Good advice. Some people just do not realize the danger of electricity. Then others think they know it all and careless!

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