I'm constantly amazed by how blasé electricians are with regard to live voltage.
I'm used to mixing with software developers, who have a healthy fear and respect for "hardware", or physicists who're a very cautious bunch on the whole.
A week or two ago I developed a leak in my flat's roof, which lead to a small amount of minor water damage and a failure in my lighting.
I've had a couple of people out to look at it, and they all seem quite happy poking around with the (potentially soggy) electrical cables without me disconnecting the ring / main supply.
Still I guess they must know what they're doing; they've not previously been killed ...
Tags: drama, electricians, flat, flood, household 4 comments
I watched an electrician test for live wires by touching them! Made me cringe. He told me that it was OK as long as he used the back of is hand not the front. I understand the logic but don't think that I will try it.