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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:03
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"Graffiti artist"?

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/...near-dumbreck/

Nope, "Vandal"!
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:13
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I like the "electrocuted to death". Is there any other way?
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 11:30
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I like the "electrocuted to death". Is there any other way?
Will anyone propose a "toast" at the funeral reception ?
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 12:33
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Originally Posted by belfrybat View Post
I like the "electrocuted to death". Is there any other way?
Yes, stabbed, shot, drowned, shattered . . .

I have been electrocuted but with lightning fast reactions I am sti!l here.

I note through he was fatally electrocuted at DUMBreck, appropriate.
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 22:05
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Point of order - the word electrocution is formed from electro (from electricity) and cution (from execution) - though I concede that I have received a severe shock from electricity (when I touched bare mains wires when I was aged 5 or 6 - something I have never forgotten) and several 'kicks' during my interference with matters electrical - and considered that 'electrocution' applied to the condition.
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 23:20
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Electrocuted to death sound similar to being fatally killed!
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Old 6th Dec 2018, 23:29
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Point of order - the word electrocution is formed from electro (from electricity) and cution (from execution) - though I concede that I have received a severe shock from electricity (when I touched bare mains wires when I was aged 5 or 6 - something I have never forgotten) and several 'kicks' during my interference with matters electrical - and considered that 'electrocution' applied to the condition.
Sounds like my early electrical experiences. Did wonders for my elocution. Or did it impede it?
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Old 7th Dec 2018, 11:00
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Besotted by how things worked at age 12ish and especially all things electrical, my first disaster was to rig up a light over my bed with wires [bellwire] from the ceiling to a lampholder over the bed. The switch was connected across the mains. I never got to try it out as my uncle disconnected all and suggested he would buy me some educational electrical books. Some time later the rig was done correctly. However my enthusiasm wanted to reason what would have happened. I decided to turn off the two large cast iron main switches in the hallway, and then proceeded to connect the neutral of the light circuit to the positive of the socket circuit and vice-versa. Enter the hallway and in each hand turn on both main switches together. BOOOOOOOOM. .Nothing worked even after I changed the fuses. Electrician spent a whole day rewiring lead cables under the floorboards, and I had the biggest bollocking ever. Eventually got a degree in the stuff. It was one way to learn, but could have burnt the house down.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 02:02
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Worked in shipbuilding as a apprentice electrician, lighting was provided by safe 32V, it gave a tickle but thats all. Danger came in working on the ships wiring being installed as welding leads running whichever way all about the ship induced voltages within the dead ships wiring. Dangerous only in that you took an unexpected hit and got a "oh, f$#%@k" moment. Working behind switchboards in cramped space the back of the hand was generally used to see what was alive (415V max). If it was live your forearm contracted and removed the back of your hand from the "live". Sounds stupid now.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 07:18
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Working behind switchboards in cramped space the back of the hand was generally used to see what was alive (415V max). If it was live your forearm contracted and removed the back of your hand from the "live". Sounds stupid now.
Spent years doing this. Motto was "One hand for the company and one for yourself" The hand you didn't use to check the busbars was firmly in your trouser pocket. And the area was floored with wooden duckboards, so no danger of earthing there.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 08:29
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Working in the naval dockyard at Simonstown, I was installing for test a prototype system I had designed to provide remote switching of dockyard power supplies, plus remote mimic panel indicators showing which breakers were open and which were closed. In order to try out the first of these breakers, I had to withdraw the breaker which was essentially a small wheeled cabinet, about half the size of a small fridge then wriggle inside the void to make some connections on a chocolate block. I had the dockyard electrician confirm that all supplies to the breaker had been disconnected and nothing was "live". In I crawled wearing just my shorts and boots (it was hot in there at that time of year). All the time, I was very conscious of the 33KV bus bars a matter of inches above my head. When the breaker was withdrawn a couple of metal shutters moved to isolate the bus bars from the space below where I was working. I could still see the bars as they were only partially covered. When I came to connect one wire, I got an almighty belt. Wearing only my shorts and being squashed into this little cube, the shock ran through every part of my body that was touching the inside of the cabinet. I shot out of the cabinet like a cork from a bottle and proceeded to berate the dockyard electrician for lying to me about everything being disconnected. I was convinced I had been "got" by the 33KV supply and it took me a while to get over it. I eventually found that one of the terminals on the chocolate block had a 230V supply still connected and it was this that had caused the rattling of my eyeballs. That didn't stop me chasing the electrician around the dockyard, aiming kicks at his backside. I seem to remember swearing a lot!
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 09:09
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When you move into a new home (second user) you trust the previous owner implicitly don't you

I was away, BiL was helping Mrs PN with electrics. As instructed Mrs PN pulled the fuse followed by bellow from her brother. The house had an interesting double mains system.

Previous house, owner had hot wired the washing machine to the off-peak side of the meter.

Daughter's new home, previous owner, a builder, had extended the home. One consumer unit in centre of house under the stairs. Second unit on far side in converted garage. I think they are linked. All kitchen sockets powered through ONE 13 amp socket. Leccies isolated and removed all wall lights for new owner. Hubby working on living room light switch, bang, and found CB on far side of house tripped. Later, trying to fit his new smart light switch I went online to check wiring.

Found two posts on different forums, same person, it was him! I checked wiring with the supplier and tried installation again. Nix. Opened up the smart switch, blackened inside. Split the PCBs apart and now black with solder splatter. Also an unidentifiable component, transistor or resistor?, in two parts and totally black.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 09:41
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Stupid just reached another level..

"Look mum, no hands"

A 15-year-old boy plunged to his death after his homemade parachute failed to open properly in a leap from a tower block in Ukraine.

Horrifying footage shows Bogdan Firsov falling from the 14th floor in the eastern Ukrainian city of Makiivka.

Adults, including his mother, watched and are even said to have encouraged the teenager as he prepared to try out his makeshift parachute as part of a social media stunt.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ails-open.html
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 12:57
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At least they got a video to help with the AAIB and the inquest.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 14:10
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Another brave attempt...

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Old 17th Dec 2018, 15:39
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On subject of house electrics, recently I replaced all the light switches in our 90 year old house. My wife did not understand why I refused to do it with just the upper or lower lights curcuuts tripped and insisted on all the power to the house being off.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 04:24
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I'll just ride on top of this train. What could possibly go wrong?

https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/21/man-l...ridge-8274113/
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 06:04
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The 24 year-old’s skull was found on December 11 by train crew
That's one way to get a head.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 06:54
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That's one way to get a head.
The biggest thing Iíve ever found after a fatality was a hand.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 02:37
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Run over by his own 4WD while sleeping in a swag???

A man has died after he was run over and killed by his own four-wheel-drive during an interstate holiday with his partner.

Authorities have been told the Victorian couple were staying at a riverside camping ground in the New South Wales border town of Barooga, west of Albury, when the incident occurred.

He was sleeping in his swag around 9.30pm on Saturday

Albury Police Chief Inspector Kim Sorensen said the death was likely a "heartbreaking" accident, as the car rolled down a hill from a parked position over the top of the man killing him instantly.

Chief Inspector Sorensen said it was likely the handbrake had been left off, or the car knocked out of gear.

"It's an absolute tragedy," he said, adding the couple appeared to be experienced campers.

"They had all the correct camping gear, they were doing everything right. It's a tragedy."

The young man's partner was not in the swag at the time, and no one else was injured in the incident.

The vehicle was owned by the couple, but police are still investigating how it came to roll down the hill, Chief Inspector Sorensen said.

"The vehicle is going to be examined for mechanical defaults and a report prepared for the NSW coroner," he said.

A police investigation remains ongoing.
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