I didn't see the hot nuetral were reversed..........cheerslook at the diagram the hot and neutral are reversed
However it still brings up questions, see below.
I see it, but with the reversed wiring of the receptacle, the current flowing on the shield, would be what ever resistance of the shield is, no?It wasn't fault current, it was normal neutral current that was using the audio cable shield as a parallel path.
I've seen something very similar happen with an RS-232 connection where it actually burned up.
I tend to agree.That's a BS story.
Most laptops have a 2 wire connection, and don't use the ground. Same with phone chargers. If he had a two wire laptop, how could this happen?
He states the electrician connected the ground to the neutral wire, but there is no mention of him or whoever connected the wires up wrong in the jbox to begin with.
My take is this:
The author knows nothing about mixing equipment, and found out the hard way, why DIY websites are bad news. He tried, or had his friend try, to install new receptacles in his house, thinking he knew what he was doing, and burned up some stuff. He made the story up about an licensed electrician doing it, to make him feel better, and to share his story.