I watched and old electrician, about to change a
recepticle / socket. He had a junction box on about
six inches of cord, with a three wire plug. He
plugged the device in, and pushed a big rubber
covered button. Down the hall I could hear a
breaker go clunk.
Neat! I ocurred to me that he'd used a huge
contactor to drop a dead short, and shut off the
breaker to the socket he was replacing.
(note to all: Please do not try this if you have
a Federal Pacific Electric stabloc panel.)
I went home and made such a device out of a 15
amp toggle switch with light. First time I tried
it, I fused the contacts, and the switch would
not turn off. Took that out and put in a 20 amp
Leviton switch, and have used it several times
I labelled it "off" and "pop".
Sure is safer than the Jesus method.
Christopher A. Young
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