01-05-2009, 09:26 PM #1
Residential Electrical Help....PLEASE
OK - I screwed up while doing some electrical work in my basement. I was pulling some wire through conduit and the fish tape touched this and it sparked pretty bad. The fish tape melted and this little piece on the right is lodged or welded in there.
I dont know if it is hot or I can just pull it out with some pliers ? Obviously I just want to be safe.
01-05-2009, 09:31 PM #2
01-05-2009, 09:35 PM #3
what ever you do DO NOT grab it with your left hand...its the shortest line to your heart. your going to have to call someone qualified to do that. unless you have a main shut off behind those lines DO NOT mess with it...Hydojunkie is a linesman or something. I think he can give you the best advice
01-05-2009, 10:29 PM #4
Nice one there, hope you were pulling it though a metal conduit. That's definitely HOT! Those are the mains feeding the panel. You got lucky. Where is the other part that made contact? If it was a metal conduit make sure it didn't melt any insulation off any wires in that conduit.
Look for a disconnect outside the house, I doubt there is one but if there is, shut that off. If not get a pair of rated insulated pliers, it will have the insulation voltage level on them. Usually they have thick orange insulated handles. The every day rubber coated pliers will not do. Make sure the metal of the pliers do not touch anything but that fish tape, if it makes contact with the fish tape and the box it could get pretty bad. Another less expensive option would be to use a fuse puller, the kind for bigger fuses, not the car fuse puller. Type in 'fuse puller' on homedepot.com They will also have a voltage class rating on it. What ever you do do not let the fish tape hit the box again. The amount of fault current that can be delivered is incredible. I'm not talking about cool sparks, I talking an arc-flash explosion. You may be able to knock it off with a long dry piece of wood, keeping in mind NOT to knock it in to anything else metal in that box or have it fall down in to something else. Best bet, call someone.
01-06-2009, 12:36 PM #5
LOL, you might want to invest in one of these safety kits...
01-06-2009, 01:30 PM #6
Get ahold of Tommy,(Suck My Wake)He should be able to tell you how to get that out of there...
01-06-2009, 01:36 PM #7
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WOW!!! I thought my electrical problems were funny. Get a pair of Klein electrical pliers and pretend you are playing the board game Operation.
01-06-2009, 02:10 PM #8
01-06-2009, 02:11 PM #9
wow that sucks
01-06-2009, 02:12 PM #10
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