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Old November 8th, 2015, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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**Do not wear rings while working on electronics!**

I was changing a battery and I was having a problem getting enough wrench on the but nut do it kept slipping. After the third slip my wedding ring got pinched between the wrench still on the positive terminal and something else metal on the engine and sparks flew! I even had gloves on but they must have torn when my hand slammed into something. It happens every now and then when the wrench hits so you naturally pull away and jump back. I remember my hand being stuck for a second and was hard to back away. I took a step back and all I can feel was my hand heating up and as I found out it was my ring I ran to put it underwater. My titanium ring turned 1000 degrees and blued in less then a second, the skin melted off my finger with third degree burns then required skin grafting....DONT WEAR RINGS!




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Old November 9th, 2015, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yikes that looks like it must of hurt like a mother. Good thing you got it checked out. Im kinda curious to know how many layers of skin did that thing burn through?
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Old November 9th, 2015, 07:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow man, that's crazy, hope it heals quick
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Old November 9th, 2015, 09:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Holy crap man, That's freaking crazy! I'm glad things are ok but wow! I wonder if my ceramic ring would do the same..
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Ouch. When I was working with EVs, some of the older guys told stories of similar accidents with 330v instead of our 12~14v. So...on the bright side, our cars are not EVs. Hope you recover quickly.
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Wow, what a freak accident. I hope you heal quickly. Rings are a big work place hazard for those that work with their hands, especially construction workers.
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Hooooooly shit man. Definitely taking off my wedding ring before I touch the battery again. It makes sense as a conductor, but I would've never thought it would do more than a zap to make you think twice about touching the positive again!
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OUCH! Glad to see you went without any fuss to the doctor for that one. Very smart to do, hopefully it heals soon


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Holy crap man, That's freaking crazy! I'm glad things are ok but wow! I wonder if my ceramic ring would do the same..
Most ceramics are insulating, but certain ones get more reactive at low temperature (lower then you're going to have your hands in, ever) and magnetic field activity can also influence some non conducting ceramics to change properties. So probably safe, but without knowing the exact type of ceramic used, I'd avoid it


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Ouch. When I was working with EVs, some of the older guys told stories of similar accidents with 330v instead of our 12~14v. So...on the bright side, our cars are not EVs. Hope you recover quickly.
I used to work electrical. When I was the new guy it seems that the horror stories would come out every time I was digging for main power lines into buildings. Usually 500v, all the amps we could imagine. I'd rather get struck by lightning again, because at least that wasn't directly aimed. Voltage is just what it takes to move past resistance. The amps are what do the damage




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Lesson learned. Hope your recovery goes well
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Sorry to see that happen Thomas, really sorry!! If a picture is worth a thousand words then this post says it all...

Being an aircraft mechanic you don't were rings watches, or bands, ever!! That's a nasty burn, but don't worry I've seen worse, so consider yourself lucky and hopefully lesson learned for all of us, emphasis on all of us. As any military person knows, I can't tell you how many safety briefings I've been to, and still it seems to happen again, and again.

I used to be one of those guys who used cinder blocks to prop your car on, until one of our crew chiefs lost his life because his cinder blocks failed, crumbled, and crushed him. 28 years old, left a wife and three kids. $20 bucks for a set of jack-stands.

And it all happens in a split-seconds.

Thanks Thomas, it'll be a good reminder how something good can go so wrong in just a second!!

Get well soon!!!

Don't forget, our batteries have around 700 cranking amps... 12V, you have a low power arc-welder zap!!
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