I have an outlet on the side of my house. Today I went outside and
saw that someone forgot to close the cover over the outlet. Therefore
I found a bunch of volts laying on my lawn near this outlet. They
were black so I know they leaked out of the hot wire side of the
outlet, not the neutral. I tried to shove them back in the outlet but
I kept getting shocked. I will have to call my electric company and
complain that their power is leaky and I want my bill adjusted
However, I do not understand why the outlets inside the house do not
have covers and they never leak volts, yet these outdoor outlets that
do have covers leak excessively when the covers are left open. Can
anyone explain that?
Also, how do I clean up these volts on my lawn without getting
Jamie T. (Chicago area electrical inspector)
On 14 Sep, 16:13, email@example.com wrote:
The clean up part is easy - you won't get shocked if you're not
grounded when you pick up the hot volts. Each time you reach for a hot
volt, jump up first, grab the hot volt and shove it back into the slot
before you touch the ground. Now, at first this isn't going to be
easy, so I suggest you practice with some neutral volts first. You
could practice with the green grounds, but they're hard to see because
they blend in with the lawn. Trust me, they're there all right. The
Ah, but wait! You say there are no whites to practice with. Actually
you have to go to the breaker box to get those. You see, hot volts
rush towards devices, neutral volts rush away. When the hot volts
reach a slot, they just fall out (they're not too bright, unless of
course they're powering a bulb). On the other hand, the neutrals are
all piling up in the breaker box. Look in the back of the bus (bar).
As far as the absense of leakage inside the house, that's easy too.
I'd be willing to bet that you have at least one device plugged into
at least one outlet on every circuit. Therefore, all the hot volts are
rushing to those devices and not falling out of the slots. Besides, if
you were a hot volt, where would you rather play...inside or out?
On Sep 14, 4:13 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If the volts fell out of the hot side then they can only go back in
through the neutral side. Duh.
The outside outlet is probably lower than the inside outlets. When
you close the cover, volts might start leaking out of the inside
outlets. You should cover each one with a plastic plug before closing
the lid on the outside outlet.
On Fri, 14 Sep 2007 15:13:09 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
It's the squirrels. They like to play with them, and never clean up
Separate the wires of a 2-wire cord all the way to the plug, Plug it
in and put the other end of the hot wire in your mouth. This makes
your whole body "volty", making the loose volts think you're their
mother. Once they've all attached, put the neutral in your asshole so
they'll go home.
The electric company is going to be a real PITA on this one.
There going to insist your house is not up to code and have
one of those nasty electrical inspectors come out and find
more violations than youu can imagine.
Your best bet is to put a pail right below the leaky outlet.
Half fill the pail with water, stir in a pound baking soda,
and add a pint of vinegar. This solution will attract the
volts so they don't spread all over your yard.
Yes, inside the wiring runs upward while outside the wires
Use one of those reach-n-grab devices they give handicapped
people to get stuff out of cabinets while sitting in a
to get stuff out of cabinets while sitting in a wheelchair.
How could that possibly work?
Those devices are for bringing stuff *down* from the cabinets. The OP
needs to pick the volts *up*. The only way a reach-n-grab device will
work in this scenario is if the OP digs a holes and puts the
wheelchair in the hole so he has to reach up to grab the volts.
What were you thinking?
You have an identity problem, those are not volts they are watts. Many
people have problems identifying a watt, they can be heard saying "What is a
watt?" Watts can change their appearance to appear as a volt or even as an
amp, but they are still a watt. Once they are out of the protection of their
insulated wires they will die very fast. Yours are probably all dead by now.
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