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  1. Adjuster

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    You have an electric coil burner range. You set a cast iron skillet on the burner and turn the burner on. You grab the handle of your skillet. Why don't you get shocked?


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    Because the conductors (wire) inside the coil are insulated. If not they would short to the metal coil outer casing which is grounded, and burn out.
     

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    A wire runs all through the coil? I had no idea. I thought the coil itself was the actual electrical element/wire.



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    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    Spacered in the center by ceramic insulation.

    ...and you wondered why a replacement burner costs so much ..... :supergrin:

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  6. Adjuster

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    LOL and I consider myself to be relatively well informed. Somehow this little piece of knowledge slipped by me.


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  7. Adjuster

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    Next your going to tell me there is a wire in the tip of my soldering iron!




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    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    I thought you were bored actually. Think of a toaster, the elements there are NOT insulated like those on a stove top.
     
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    Only ONE silly electrical question per thread. :tongueout:
     
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    Just don't touch the power cord running to your lamp. You'll really get zapped.:supergrin:
     
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    I have an electrical question as well, will you get shocked if you touch the inside of a light bulb socket even when the power switch is turned off?
     
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    Woofie Disirregardless CLM

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    My turn. How do you wire in a refrigerator?
     
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    It's a conspiracy. Electric doesn't really shock you, but Bush and the govt want you to believe that it will.
     
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    Yes, you can -- In two cases:

    1. The lamp or the socket are wired backwards so the the switch actually breaks the neutral wire rather than the hot wire. No current flows, but either the side or the base connector still has 120VAC relative to ground on it.
    2. The building (usually industrial) has a poorly balanced electrical service. Neutral is usually connected to ground at the service panel. If that panel is a great distance away and there are more circuits on the "A" side of the box (240 single phase) of one of the three legs (208 three phase) running to neutral, there can be voltage on neutral.
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    My question: why do we always say "wire it up" ?
     
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    Only if the door is open, otherwise it's too dark.

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    Is this a trick question?

    There's no electricity present to be shocked by.
     
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    Actually no it is not a trick question. I am embarrassed to say I was running all the scenarios through my mind on why the burner element doesn't shock you. I honestly thought it was one of those ground/path of least resistance kinda things.



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    If I have this right, current flows through the coil, controlled by some sort of potentiometer, that regulates the flow of current towards ground, and regulates heat in the process, similar to a bulb on a dimmer switch.

    So long as you are not part of the circuit, current won't flow toward you.

    (If I have that wrong I'm sure I'll get corrected on that).
     
  20. Peace Warrior

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    No, not from a lamp, but I once dated a girl in Memphis that honestly believed when you unplugged a cord, you couldn't touch the plug's metal ends until you, and I quote, "let the electricity run out."
     
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