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« on: January 10, 2006 09:24:52 AM »

I just thought I'd share this story and find out if anyone else has had similar problems.

So I tried my hand at splicing wire.  What happened is that I thought I should do something constructive with my time, so I thought I'd make my own lamp.  I had a cord with a lightbulb from a previously existing lamp, electrical tape, scissors, and wire cutters, and how hard could splicing wire be?  For my lamp stand, I cut holes in the bottom of three Sprite cans, stacked them on top of each other, and taped them together with black electrical tape.  I wanted to thread the wire through the Sprite cans after I cut holes in the bottom, but the head wouldn't fit.  I could have made the holes bigger, but I didn't really want to do that, so I cut the cord.  After threading the wire through my "stand" I stripped the insulational plastic off the ends of my wires and then twisted them together, followed by taping the new section with the electrical tape.  It seemed pretty easy.  Then I plugged it in and was shocked, saw sparks, and promptly blew the fuse to my bedroom.  But ah, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I think the problem was that the holes I'd cut on the bottoms of the cans to let the wire pass through had some sharp edges and actually cut into the wire causing the short.

« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006 12:34:57 PM »

Wow, deja vu.  I did a similar thing long ago when I tried to rewire an unusual string of Halloween lights.  I thought I knew what I was doing, like how hard could it be -- these lights were so cute, and so cheap! What an idiot I was.  I had crossed the negative and positive contacts on one of the lights.  Looking back it was like I was carelessly defusing a bomb, because when I plugged it in - POW.   I've been double-plus careful since.
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