The main light switch in my bathroom was less dependable.
Some times I'd turn it on, but the lights would not go
on. So, figured to replace it. It shares a box with a
power socket that I used for shaver, and hair dryer.
Turn the power off, confirm with a EMF "voltage" detector.
Pull the cover plate off. Turns out one wire to the switch
is broken. #14 solid wire. So, I strip it back, and put it
on the new switch. Move the other wire. Now I'm wondering
if I oughta just left the old switch.
It's done now, and the switch cost about a dollar. It was
old stock, so not like I went out and bought one. Sigh. I
find the strangest things to worry me.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
EMF (band), a British band
"EMF", a bonus track on EMF's album Schubert Dip
E.M.F. (album), a 1983 album by GG Allin
English Music Festival, a British music festival
European Museum Forum, an international not-for-profit museum organisation
founded in 1977
Educational Media Foundation, a not-for-profit broadcasting organization
Electronic Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization
E-M-F Company (Everitt-Metzger-Flanders), an early American automobile
Energy Modeling Forum, a forum for discussing issues in energy and the
European Metalworkers' Federation, a federation of unions
European Maritime Force, a multinational naval force
Electromagnetic Field (Festival), a UK technical festival
Science and technology
Electromotive force, the origin of voltage in electrical devices
Eclipse Modeling Framework, a modeling framework based on Eclipse software
Electromagnetic field, a physical field
Enhanced Metafile, a Microsoft Windows graphics file format
I figured, EMF would chime in on this. Every mofo.
And I was in the sub African jungle, and died of EMF, Elephant massive
So, I baked cookies and talked to EMF, Elderly Mama Friend.
And the list goes on....
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/20/2013 11:04 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I do have voltage detectors, and EMF meters. EMF voltage detector might be
OK, but I'm not used to seeing that terminology. I also have a fox and
hound, with the inductive pickup, except it's not really an inductive
pickup, but uses an antenna electrostatic pickup. Electrostatic induced
might be OK.
I don't know about the HF, and would not depend on anything from there that
I was going to stick my fingers in.
I and about 20 others at the plant I worked for carried a similar
If possiable I tried a meter to check the voltage before I touched the
wiring. Most of the time we would have power on the circuit, test it and
while the thing was indicating voltage, cut off the breaker and see if it
went out. Then back on and off again to make sure. Sort of the old double
In most home enviroments they work ok. In the industrial plant there are
often so many wires in conduits inducing voltage they may show a voltage
where there is not a direct connection to the power source.
I can believe that. I have an older model Fluke. It always seemed reliable,
and had the tap test feature. I bought another no contact cheap device at
The Home Depot, but it always seemed to be on, and drain the battery. I
also have a contact model, that also gives voltage level.
There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or
you are sick. If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about.
But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about, either you
will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to
worry about. But if you die there are only two things to worry about,
either you will go to heaven or to hell. If you go to heaven, then there
is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, you'll be so darn busy
shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry!
Many years ago a neighbor asked me to help him replace the light outside
his entry door. He had taken the old one off and couldn't get the new one
attached to the mounting bracket. I went over and the first thing I asked
him was if he had turned off the power. He said yes.
I disconnected the lousy way he had joined the wires, fixed that and then
mounted the fixture. When I was done I asked him to turn the power back on.
He reached inside the front door and flipped the light switch.
After that I learned to be just a bit more specific.
All I do is flip the light switch off when I change a fixture as long as
I have control of the switch which does open the hot wire to the
fixture. One thing I've done for a half century of working on electrical
circuits it to treat everything like it's energized, even if I know it's
off, especially if it's high voltage. I had an electrical superintendent
I was working with reach into a 4,160 volt transformer we were
installing with an old wooden hot stick borrowed from the guys at the
power plant and I saw his hair stand on end, he got a little tingle. The
best thing to have when doing electrical wiring 120-277 is a pocket
voltage detector, don't guess especially at the top top a 12 foot step
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