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Old 06-19-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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So I was watching myth busters and I saw their episode where they apparently 'proved' that dropping an electrical appliance into a bathtub would kill the bather. I don't know if I buy this. What do you all think? what sort of appliance would be most lethal? How long would one undergo shock before loss of conciousness or before death? How would a persons weight and body fat effect their resistance in a bath tub? there are just so many variables. What if the tub has a metal drain? and what about the size of the tub? what is the most lethal scenario ?

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Old 06-19-2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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So I was watching myth busters and I saw their episode where they apparently 'proved' that dropping an electrical appliance into a bathtub would kill the bather. I don't know if I buy this. What do you all think? what sort of appliance would be most lethal? How long would one undergo shock before loss of conciousness or before death? How would a persons weight and body fat effect their resistance in a bath tub? there are just so many variables. What if the tub has a metal drain? and what about the size of the tub? what is the most lethal scenario ?
.006 amps can be a lethal current to a human being. That is enough to start fibrillation of the heart muscle.

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Old 06-19-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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I'm sort of at a loss why this is even considered a myth.

Electricity and water regularly causes electrocutions. People have actually committed suicide by dropping electrical appliances in bathtubs.

I think a better question is: Why do you think dropping a 120 volt appliance into a tub full of water wouldn't be lethal?

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what sort of appliance would be most lethal? How long would one undergo shock before loss of conciousness or before death? How would a persons weight and body fat effect their resistance in a bath tub? What if the tub has a metal drain? and what about the size of the tub? what is the most lethal scenario ?
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So I was watching myth busters and I saw their episode where they apparently 'proved' that dropping an electrical appliance into a bathtub would kill the bather. I don't know if I buy this. What do you all think? what sort of appliance would be most lethal? How long would one undergo shock before loss of conciousness or before death? How would a persons weight and body fat effect their resistance in a bath tub? there are just so many variables. What if the tub has a metal drain? and what about the size of the tub? what is the most lethal scenario ?
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Dropping a toaster in a bathtub while you are taking a bath.

I think that you would be better prepairing your breakfast in the kitchen..
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Not quite a toaster, but if it's in a movie it's got to be true. Right?

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Here's the real deal:

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The appliance in the water didn't trip the GFCI because there wasn't a ground fault.

If the guy would have touched the water and the faucet, I bet it would have tripped.
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Having investigated many cases of people receiving shocks in tubs and showers I don't doubt that under the right conditions you could receive a fatal shock.
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The appliance in the water didn't trip the GFCI because there wasn't a ground fault.

If the guy would have touched the water and the faucet, I bet it would have tripped.
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Having investigated many cases of people receiving shocks in tubs and showers I don't doubt that under the right conditions you could receive a fatal shock.
what conditions specifically?
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Very unlikely that basin was even grounded.Probably hooked to the drain line with plastic pipe.Otherwise the g.f.i. would have to shut off.Just like if you stand in a plastic bucket filled with water on a wooden floor and you touch a live wire you still would not be shocked.
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The appliance in the water didn't trip the GFCI because there wasn't a ground fault.

If the guy would have touched the water and the faucet, I bet it would have tripped.
In high school our teacher taped the trigger to a Milwaukee 1/2" drill, plugged it in and dropped it into a 5 gallon bucket of water. That thing sat there churning the water, he reached down into it and grabbed the drill, pulled it out and nothing happened.
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In high school our teacher taped the trigger to a Milwaukee 1/2" drill, plugged it in and dropped it into a 5 gallon bucket of water. That thing sat there churning the water, he reached down into it and grabbed the drill, pulled it out and nothing happened.

Still no path to ground.
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Still no path to ground.
Yes, I just thought of that.
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In high school our teacher taped the trigger to a Milwaukee 1/2" drill, plugged it in and dropped it into a 5 gallon bucket of water. That thing sat there churning the water, he reached down into it and grabbed the drill, pulled it out and nothing happened.
Still no path to ground.
Yeah, but unless that dude was standing on an insulated mat, that's an idiotic way to demonstrate it.

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Yeah, but unless that dude was standing on an insulated mat, that's an idiotic way to demonstrate it.

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Nahhhh. Of course not. That was to high tech for high school.
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what conditions specifically?
Depends on the person, what's in the water, the water pipe, the drain pipe, how the appliance does or doesn't contact them..... I've seen very sizable current flows to ground through old metal waste lines for one.
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I don't see that the a appliance dropped in a tub with you in it guarantees any type of shock or death. Could it happen sure. Will it? Depends on what happens. The neutral should be the best path for the electricity to take. Should trip the breaker. If it's not the best path could be the piping. If you aren't touching metallic piping and the appliance you might not be the path. Electricity probably would take multiple paths. Water can be a poor conductor. You might be insulated in a plastic tub of water.

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