some safety things,

From a safety url someone posted today in the thread on fixing a microwave oven.
* Use an isolation transformer if there is any chance of contacting line connected circuits. A Variac(tm) is not an isolation transformer! (See the next section with regards to isolation transformers and microwave ovens.) The use of a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected outlet is a good idea but will not protect you from shock from many points in a line connected TV or monitor, or the high voltage side of a microwave oven, for example. A circuit breaker is too slow and insensitive to provide any protection for you or in many cases, your equipment. A GFCI may, however, prevent your scope probe ground from smoking should you accidentally connect an earth grounded scope to a live chassis.
* Don't attempt repair work when you are tired. Not only will you be more careless, but your primary diagnostic tool - deductive reasoning - will not be operating at full capacity.
* Finally, never assume anything without checking it out for yourself! Don't take shortcuts!
As noted, a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) will NOT protect you from the high voltage since the secondary of the HV transformer is providing this current and any current drawn off of the secondary to ground will not be detected by the GFCI. However, use of a GFCI is desirable to minimize the risk of a shock from the line portions of the circuitry if you don't have an isolation transformer.
An isolation transformer is even limited value as well since the chassis IS the HV return and is a large very tempting place to touch, lean on, or brush up against.
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WHen working with high voltage, I was taught two rules first and foremost: 1) Never work alone, 2) Put one hand in your pocket.

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