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Re: Safety: Grandad's admonishment I've never forgotten
Original poster: "Allanh by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <allanh-at-starband-dot-net>
There are OLD technicians and BOLD technicians, but no OLD BOLD technicisns.
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Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 11:38 AM
Subject: Safety: Grandad's admonishment I've never forgotten
> Original poster: "Dave Hartwick by way of Terry Fritz
> My Grandfather, who graduated from Pitt in 1929 with a degree in EE,
> admonished when I was about 12 to always keep one hand behind my back
> working around dangerous potential levels. He and I were working on an
> VTTC at the time. I do this to this day--habitually and instinctively. The
> idea is to prevent a charge from passing through both arms and thus
> the heart. (He was John V Heisch, 3DFW, W2KJ, W4KJ, now silent key)
> Of course, this technique is not sufficient for working around the HV side
> of a PDT, MOT or NST supplies--to say the least!!, but is a minimum
> around any voltages that may be harmful.
> ESPECIALLY PDT, MOT, and large NST stacks, which will kill you dead. (When
> was in the 5th grade, I managed to my hands near the HV terminals of a
> NST and an arc got me. I don't know why I wasn't killed.)
> I'm just saying--if you've got to stick your uninsulated hands in there,
> keep one behind your back. Of course it is always best to power down prior
> to intervention.
> Anecdote: I was using an 1 ufd 2500 V MOT cap for a HV DC power supply
> (electrostatic speakers).
> Once, I somehow managed to get my elbow across the terminals of this cap
> while fully charged. I could not believe the energy discharged through my
> elbow--the pain. Had it passed through my arms, I'm sure I would have been
> Dave Hartwick