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Posted: 08/31/20 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Makes no sense to disconnect the positive first, unless of course you absolutely can't reach the negative post.


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Posted: 08/31/20 12:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That could be true, but I'd put disconnecting the positive cable first, up there with checking a gas leak with a match. Or welding an empty gas tank before flushing it out. Or checking how hot something that's glowing, with your finger.

I do enough foolish things that can get me hurt, I certainly need to avoid the easy ones.


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Posted: 08/31/20 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be very glad
That it wasn't your wedding ring

I have sparked my share of wrenches


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Posted: 08/31/20 02:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BurbMan wrote:

ALWAYS disconnect the negative side of a battery first for exactly this reason!!!!
Actually I remove any metal jewelry first.


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Posted: 08/31/20 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back in the early 60's when I went to work for Standard Stations they taught us to remove all jewelry,especially rings, before working on batteries. I still take it off to this day.


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Posted: 08/31/20 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Someone failed to negotiate the straightaway in front of my house and took out the electric pole. As is the procedure, the fireman disconnected the battery that was encased in bent sheet metal, and you guessed it, positive first. I corrected him before it got out of hand.





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That's why they make these for those that can't/won't/decide not to remember how and how not to do things and learn the hard way. Insulated wrench

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dedmiston wrote:

I used to have two batteries on the TT tongue and another two in a tote that I would connect to give us four. I had touched that diamond plate with the end wrench a few times and knew it would spark, so I always made it a point to wrap my entire hand around the end of the wrench so that any accidental contact with the diamond plate would be metal on skin (non-conductive) instead of metal on metal.

I wasn't as smart as I thought I was though.

On evening we got to camp a little late and it was already dark and most of my friends were already drinking around the fire. I followed my usual protocol with my palm wrapped around the wrench, but I got careless and let the wrench rest against my gold wedding band. When that gold band (very conductive!) touched the diamond plate, it exploded hard enough to blow the stones from my ring. It was still dark, but I could see the ring glowing brightly and smell my finger burning.

I ran over to the trailer of a friend who arrived just before I did (he wasn't drinking yet) and got him to cut my ring off.

My friends gave me grief for this every time we camped, but they were also pretty sympathetic about the injury and how long it took to heal (I couldn't wear a ring for almost a year). And then exactly a year later one of my buddies came over to heckle me and offer to help. He grabbed my wrench but before I could yell out a warning (time slowed down), he did the exact same doggone thing.

My diamond plate had these two adorable his-and-his weld marks where I and my brain-dead buddy both shocked ourselves.

It's been at least five years and I still remove my ring every night at bedtime to give my finger a break. We've been married for 32 years, but I didn't replace my fine original gold band. I wear cheap $19 bands from Amazon now. And my buddy wears even cheaper rubber rings.

We upgraded trailers since then: No diamond plate and the four batteries are installed permanently.


That's quite the story.

The insulated wrench that was in the posted sounds like a good idea.

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Thanks for the info. I would have never thought about that diamondplate doing that. I have two batteries right there. Sure will remember this post.

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I thought you were going a different way. Long time ago we had a diamond plate tool box mounted to the trailer of a race boat. First time out the sun reflected from the diamond plate on to the black carpet of the trailer. Along with the existing sunlight, melted it right down. Only clue what happened was the diamond plate pattern in the melted carpet.


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