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Electrical "fun"
Posted by: jardster
Date: December 14, 2017 06:51AM
So I was moving some iPhones around yesterday in the kitchen to get them charged (because the kids never seem to plug theirs in).

Normally we charge them all via an Anker hub that has 5 USB cables. But sometimes my kids like to use the regular apple wall chargers. One of those was plugged in, so i grabbed it to take it out of the outlet and put it back in the drawer (there was no phone charging), and.... BOOM!


The circuit was tripped, but when switched back on, the rest of the circuit works fine. I plan on replacing the GFI outlet. Not sure what caused it, but I did find a necklace that must have been close by and had burnt in half.

Fun Times!



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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: December 14, 2017 07:11AM
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: billb
Date: December 14, 2017 07:51AM
looks like the shadow of the necklace across the top of the outlet cover.



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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 14, 2017 07:58AM
....pearl necklace....??



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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 14, 2017 08:05AM
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billb
looks like the shadow of the necklace across the top of the outlet cover.

That's what I was thinking. Necklace was "hanging" from charger, and slipped between charger and outlet while removing charger. Made contact with the two prongs that were still powered and caused the "fun".
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: modelamac
Date: December 14, 2017 08:15AM
GGD,

The Hanger-of-the-necklace needs an earful, a come-to-jesus-meeting!

Removing the charger without first removing the necklace seems also a bit imprudent.



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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 14, 2017 08:32AM
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modelamac
GGD,

The Hanger-of-the-necklace needs an earful, a come-to-jesus-meeting!

Removing the charger without first removing the necklace seems also a bit imprudent.

That's just MY theory from looking at the picture, I wasn't there, "jardster" has the first hand experience to shed more light on this. Maybe it was a thin metal necklace that wasn't noticed when reaching for the plug.

Good chance that the charger still works too if it was the necklace causing the short.
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: jardster
Date: December 14, 2017 09:39AM
Yes, the necklace is very thin. I'm not sure how it would have gotten in contact, but that was my thought after I saw the necklace.

Needless to say it was pretty scary with a big flash. My hands were shaking for a few mins.

The charging block is going in the trash no matter what- it was an original from apple.

I figure a swap of the GFI outlet and we should be back in business.



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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 14, 2017 09:47AM
Glad you're OK. I had a similar incident when I accidentally cut a live wire, got a loud bang and a bright flash. Blinded for a few seconds with ringing in the ears too. I'm all better now, but my wire cutters have a nice little hole melted in them to remind me not to be so dumb!
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: December 14, 2017 01:44PM
this is why some inspectors insist on installing the outlet upside down...
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 14, 2017 01:55PM
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Bill in NC
this is why some inspectors insist on installing the outlet upside down...

That would only help with a 3 prong plug. This was 2 prong.
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 14, 2017 01:57PM
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GGD
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Bill in NC
this is why some inspectors insist on installing the outlet upside down...

That would only help with a 3 prong plug. This was 2 prong.

Still wouldn't help unless the necklace was rigid.
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Re: Electrical "fun"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 14, 2017 03:08PM
That'll buff right out.



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