Re: [aprsisce] G6UIM nearly SK
- At 06:33 PM 9/29/2011, Steve Daniels wrote:
>To sum up just because the switch is off, don't believe it, checkIn 1965, my family moved into a house in Frankfort, Indiana, that was
>with a meter.
built in 1909. I don't know that my dad investigated the house's
attic very well before he and Mom bought the place. An important oversight.
At the time the house was constructed, the electric power lines in
that neighborhood were run down the street, so the electric service
entrance to the house was at the front. The original wiring, as we
found out later, was knob and tube with individual exposed wires.
At some time in the house's history, the power lines had been
relocated to the alley behind the house, so the service entrance was
moved to the back. There was a meter base on the back of the house
and a main fuse and distribution panel below the meter in the basement.
Soon after we moved in, Dad discovered that one of the outlets in an
upstairs bedroom was broken and creating a hazardous situation. My
dad was a good handyman and comfortable with household electrical
repairs. So, he bought a new outlet, gathered up his tools, pulled
the main fuse from the fuse panel in the basement, and went upstairs
to work on the outlet thinking that the entire house was without
power. As he pulled the old outlet out of the wall box, he got zapped
with 120 volts. One of the few times I ever heard my dad swear.
As it turned out, not all of the circuits in the house went through
the main fuse panel. Dad found the knob and tube wiring up in the
attic along with some porcelain fuse holders and knife switches. Dad
didn't have a meter, but he did have a simple neon bulb electrical
tester. Sure enough, the wiring going to those fuse holders and
switches was still live...even with the main fuse pulled in the fuse
panel in the basement.
So, yes, just because the switch is off, check the circuit with a
test lamp or meter.