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[DPRG] Shocking

Subject: [DPRG] Shocking
From: Karim Virani karim at compuguru.com
Date: Thu May 11 12:50:50 CDT 2006

Some reminices and then a horror story.

When we were little, we used to hook-up a wallwart in reverse to a 9v cell, solidly connecting one terminal and rapidly scraping the connection across the other terminal - poor kid's half-wave AC.  Meanwhile, another of us would hold on to tinfoil leads connected to the prongs and see how long we could hold them.  Crazy.  I saw a Mythbusters episode yesterday where they were testing bathtub shock hazards and when they finally researched it properly (after the initial build) they determined that 6ma across the heart is fatal.  Don't know how much we were getting. 

Horror story:  We bought those electric collars that would 'teach' our dogs if they came near a buried cable - a hidden 'fence' kind of thing.  In the spirit of "don't use it on your pets if you won't use it on yourself", I tried shocking my neck with the collar - once.  It was extremely unpleasant.  Two of our dogs learned quickly to avoid the marker flags.    But it didn't work well as a training solution for our smartest dog - 2 problems.  First she had a closed matty undercoat which sometimes prevented a clean contact between her skin and the probes - so she had inconsistent feedback and took longer to learn and got zapped more often.  We shaved the spot, but even a few days growth caused the problem.  Then she started getting zapped inside the house - usually near the stereo or other electronic equipment.  Once we forgot to take the collar off and left her inside for the day.  She was hysterical when we got back and had been badly burned by the contacts.  Must have been many shocks.  We've never used them since - didn't resell them - just threw them away.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Jeff Koenig" <koenig.jeff at gmail.com>
Date:  Thu, 11 May 2006 10:58:31 -0500

>My previous post may have gotten hosed somehow.  Here's what I wanted to post:
>A $3 "toy" that the son of a friend showed me recently appeared to be
>a cigarette lighter with an "AA" battery in it.  When held, it would
>give you an awesome shock.
>It appeared to be little more than a buzzer circuit - a coil with an
>iron core that magnetically pulled in a switch, which disconnected the
>current to the coil.  I'm guessing that the coil flyback was what
>delivered the shock.  I didn't see any diodes or capacitors.
>I didn't have an oscilloscope handy to measure the voltage/duty cycle
>characteristics, but with a fresh battery, it made my arm spasm
>(This post is for novelty item info only - I'm by no means advocating
>or giving any kind of advice about how to deliver an electric shock to
>a living being.  Personally, I'd be extremely hesitant to build any
>device of this sort.)
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