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I tried to electrocute myself
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Post# 309495   10/15/2008 at 22:23 (3,632 days old) by bpetersxx (earth)        

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trying to fix the calypso

I found the the heatsinks on the control boards are live

Trying to find out why the start button shorts out intermittently

Post# 309524 , Reply# 1   10/16/2008 at 02:32 (3,632 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

A heatsink shouldn't be live!!! :-O Maybe that is (one) source of the fault

Post# 309535 , Reply# 2   10/16/2008 at 06:16 (3,631 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

I don't know anything about the Calypso, but it is perfectly normal for heatsinks to be live on lots and lots of appliances.


Post# 310045 , Reply# 3   10/18/2008 at 12:55 (3,629 days old) by rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Live Heatsinks

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Are quite common. UK Hoover machines had live heatsinks.

Post# 310066 , Reply# 4   10/18/2008 at 16:26 (3,629 days old) by tuthill ()        

What's a heat sink?

Post# 310077 , Reply# 5   10/18/2008 at 19:15 (3,629 days old) by 2drumsallergy ()        
Heat sinks

Hi Jed,
A Heat sink is a metal component used to dissipate heat from electronic components.

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Post# 310092 , Reply# 6   10/18/2008 at 20:18 (3,629 days old) by tuthill ()        
Thanks David

That makes perfect sense.

Post# 311229 , Reply# 7   10/23/2008 at 18:57 (3,624 days old) by bpetersxx (earth)        

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I touched the black heatsink and got bit

Post# 311233 , Reply# 8   10/23/2008 at 19:22 (3,624 days old) by tuthill ()        

wouldn't it make sense to unplug the appliance you are working on

Post# 311262 , Reply# 9   10/23/2008 at 21:29 (3,624 days old) by bpetersxx (earth)        

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Yes you should always unplug before working on anything electrical

I`m the electrocution king I`ve been zapped too many times in my 45 years

Post# 311269 , Reply# 10   10/23/2008 at 22:03 (3,624 days old) by andrewinorlando ()        

The heatsinks on the calypso control boards are live. So do the smart thing, please, and disconnect the machine before you work on it. You run the risk of not only killing yourself, but short circuiting the control board.

Post# 311299 , Reply# 11   10/24/2008 at 06:45 (3,623 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        

As much as the lands of 220v complain about 110v, you are still alive to talk about it...............

Post# 311393 , Reply# 12   10/24/2008 at 16:31 (3,623 days old) by mrx ()        

You'd survive a 220V shock too quite well. 110V or 220V will both very efficiently kill you if they happen to pass through your heart.

It's more likely that you were saved by the fact that you were on a non-conductive floor or that you were wearing shoes.

If you have been in contact with a copper pipe or an earthed part of the machine you could have been much more badly shocked.

Also, in general in 220V land (in Europe anyway) RCDs (GFCIs) are usually required on most or all circuits, so it's hard enough to electrocute yourself thesedays.


Post# 311470 , Reply# 13   10/25/2008 at 06:28 (3,622 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Hoover Modules....

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As far as I remember older Hoover autos (will look at my A3308 later) always used to have a sticker on the module with DANGER LIVE HEATSINK or words to that effect.

As has been said before ya dont touch anything with the machine connected- simple :)


Post# 311527 , Reply# 14   10/25/2008 at 18:03 (3,622 days old) by rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
And remember...

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It is the Volts that jolt, and the Amps that kill!

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