Thursday, November 29, 2018

Avoiding Electrocution

No plans or books today, but browsing some of my Word docs. I figured some might find this article both enlightening and entertaining.

"Avoiding Electrocution" is a short article that I found many years ago. It was originally published in 2002 on the "Atomic" site, dealing with computer electronics. The author communicated the subject matter very well, while still being quite entertaining. Hopefully you will think so as well, I only wish I could write like that.


Early on I was taught that a live wire is much like a pipe line, Where the size of the pipe represents amperage and the pressure in the pipe represents volts. The analogy holds true here too. If you stand in front of a large pipe (high amperage) but there is low pressure in the pipe (low voltage), suddenly opening a valve will get you wet but that is about it. However if you increase the pipe press (voltage) to 120 or 240 psi, when you open that valve, they will be scraping you off the far wall, or in the case of voltage you will be lucky if you just look like the picture below.



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