This is what happens to the connector on the far end when a screwball is pushing a fish tape into a hot panel with wreckless abandon.
Not much to say. Some meat-head was about 75' from a panel pushing a fish tape into a 4-square into a hot panel. The panel was not within sight from where the person jamming in the fish tape was. There are options. Have a helper hold his finger over the connector opening in the panel, non-metallic fish tape, or deenergize the panel. The fish tape jammer-inner meat-head decided that it might work if he just pushed the fish tape through anyhow. It contacted a lug in the panel, and burned off the fish tape (luckily) without tripping that panel's feeder breaker or hurting the meat-head. Blew up the conduit connector at the panel a bit, and put a black mark on the lug. That leg to ground was only 120V. Would have been much worse at a different voltage.OK, whats the story Marc? You can't just leave us hanging ya know!:no:
Don't suppose it was one of those flexible fish tape leaders? Possibly? I can see that blowing up and leaving the fish tape in tact, since it's pretty much a tightly wound inductor that might take 20 seconds to vaporize.I still would like to know what was in the conduit, but, like I said, there was only slag left.
Yep, I've done the same thing when I'm by myself, except with a bushing. Install the knockout inside the bushing, and screw it on. Guess you're not supposed to work in hot panels at all, technically, but there are ways to do it safely if you care to.You can attach a ridgid coupling with a blank screwed into it to the connector.
Thanks! :thumbsup:instead of just putting a blank at the connector coming in, try a threaded coupling into some carflex or smurf tube to extend out of the panel. You can even leave it on to pull the wire back, and just unscrew it after the wire is pulled. Severely reduces the risk of contacting a live part in the panel.
Thanks Oldman. Durn good idea! :thumbsup:instead of just putting a blank at the connector coming in, try a threaded coupling into some carflex or smurf tube to extend out of the panel. You can even leave it on to pull the wire back, and just unscrew it after the wire is pulled. Severely reduces the risk of contacting a live part in the panel.