Next time you plug one in !
I was trying to find out why my three X-10 Home Automation modules were not working last night (Aug, 2010). I found that the "Christmas" type multiple outlet plug, which held 3 of these units, was not working. So I plugged in the X-10 controller into an outlet further away, tried my X-10 remote and an X-10 plugged in across the room started to control that light again.
So I find a power strip with a built in circuit breaker, and plugged it into the wall outlet to replace the old multiple extension cord. I plug in the X-10 that controls the fish tank light. Zapppppppp... snap.. snap.
Something went really wrong !
The unit fried in my hand ! I was holding the X-10 with both hands, pressing down with my thumbs.
Soooooo glad I didn't use one hand with my palm by the explosion !
Yes, that is a hole burned in the bottom.
All this took less than a second or two until
the fuse on the power strip popped.
One reason you ALWAYS buy power strips with a
The next pictures of the damage to my hand (down a bit) are pretty
just a warning.
This finger and the tip of the other got it.
After getting burned I went to the sink to cool
them off in
This skin just fell right off in the sink !
Now I have wired my own house and done lots of
electrical work in the past 40 years.
I NEVER expected this to explode on me.
Later, after visiting the doctor, the X-10
controller still works. That was plugged into the
power strip when this happened. The fish tank light that was plugged into the X-10
that caught fire, still works !
Typing iwth big bangeds on youur finders.. difficulert !