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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: And the idiot award goes to...

I recently had a similar, though far less violent, incident. I'm working on wiring the garage. There's no breaker panel yet, the whole thing is just run off of an extension cord going to the house (just for now!). With everything nicely lit up from the overhead lights, I was trying to figure out how a line coming from a turned-off switch had 4V-to-ground on it. Hmm. Can't be much current, I wonder if it's "phantom voltage". I switched the multimeter to 10A measurement and put its leads on hot+ground. The building instantly plunged into darkness. I slapped my forehead and went to reset the GFCI in the house.

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