Originally Posted By: Randy Flockton
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As far as checking for voltage…, a Wiggy, digital clamp-on ammeter/volt meter, & a hotstick… typically 2 of these will be used before I work on something to verify voltage has been disabled… I’ve also gotten to the point where I’ll remove the circuit from the breaker, tape it off & then replace the panel cover… or if there’s a place for a lock, a cheap Master lock goes on the panel… If there’s a way something can be disconnected before you work on it… It’s well worth it to do so!
Have I been shocked? Yes, & I'd speculate most electricians have, at least a couple times here & there.... Never been hit by anything over 277V, & that was enough to kick my muscles back so hard I tossed my wire strippers so hard they stuck into a wall on the other side of the room! ![icon_sad.gif](upload://nMBtKsE7kuDHGvTX96IWpBt1rTb.gif)
The only thing that should be routine here is being on the safe side... When I remove a panel cover from an energized panel, I'm always standing to the side, along with making sure curious homeowners & such are doing the same... Keep outta the line of molten copper & steel just in case... I'm curious, how many Home Inspectors use proper protective equiptment when inspecting an energized panel? I've yet to come across one here (in my geographic area, not the board)that owns even a set of goggles
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