DC power versus AC power

Scott Granados scott at wworks.net
Mon Dec 30 02:26:43 UTC 2002

Yes it will the wrench will become litterally liquid and spray.  So no it
doesn't explode in the litteral sense but it appears to and also sounds like
it:).  A safe experiment to do which many people probably did as Kids is to
take a piece of tin foil and place it across the terminals of say a trainset
transformer or perhaps  a 6 V drycell battery that you set up with a proper
switch so you can switch on the flow when you are standing back.  The foil
will sizzle and pop used to be the way you could demonstrate how fuses
worked.  Imagine that but this time the wrench handle goes pop.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Diaz" <techlist at smoton.net>
To: <wb8foz at nrk.com>; "nanog list" <nanog at merit.edu>
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: DC power versus AC power

> While I would normally think some of this exaggeration.  When I was
> at Netrail, I did a road trip to upgrade a facility in DC.  It's
> kinda amazing what passed for colo in those days.  The little UPS
> actually had a string of Pet boys car batteries.  Nathan Estes
> dropped a wrench into the battery bay and there was a nice explosion
> according to him.  The wrench literally vaporized.  Now I said that
> wasnt possible.  He will stick to his story to this day.
> The only thing I could figure was that it literally moltified into
> super small droplets and just sprayed.  Regardless of whether it's
> completely accurate, he was out searching for another wrench... it
> took a lot of chocolate mile to relax him after that.
> At 20:11 -0500 12/29/02, David Lesher wrote:
> >Unnamed Administration sources reported that Scott Granados said:
> >>
> >>  Is 48V DC at the amps present normallyin switch rooms etc enough to
> >>  electricucian?  I have seen bad things with wrenches dropped across
> >>  batteries even 12 volt car batteries although in this case it was a
> >>  battery bank in a submarine but I was curious about the 48V sources in
> >>  switch rooms.
> >
> >
> >Electrocution is but one way to die from too many columbs.
> >Internal burning is a big one.  Most people die, not from immediate
> >cardiac arrest, but rather from kidney/spleen/liver failure as
> >they try to remove the cooked you parts from your bloodstream,
> >and clog up. (First responder treatment is multiple saline inputs
> >to flush you out, and keep flushing you. This via a friend who was
> >"lit" and lived.)
> >
> >The instantaneous short circuit current available from a CO-grade
> >battery string is nothing short of frightening. It will easily
> >turn a 18" crescent wrench bright orange and start spitting the
> >molten metal around within few seconds.
> >
> >I'm surprised you're still around after a sub battery accident.
> >They're a grade up from most CO's in available current, I'd bet.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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