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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Alex Lee, Dec 17, 2004.

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  1. Alex  Lee

    Alex Lee Guest

    Dear all:
    Iam trying to help someone fix an old x-box game console - however I do
    not have any background on electronic safety - does anyone know of a
    good website that I can go to for this type of information? It would be
    best if it had information on safety tips for opening household
    products like a radio.

    thank you and have a wonderful holiday!
    al ;)
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    There's is a vast amount of information on the Internet and your local
    library on electrical/electronic safety. You can find a lot of references
    online by searching for the keywords "electrical safety" (e.g.
    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=electrical+safety).

    As far as electronics goes, they're sensitive to static electricity, so if
    you're working on a computer, for example, ground your hand against the
    metal frame to rid yourself of any static electricity. Probably one of the
    most lethal aspects of electronics is capacitors with high capacitance.
    (e.g. TVs are very dangerous to work with). This doesn't even scratch the
    surface of the topic of electronic safety, but likewise, you can find more
    information on the web (e.g.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=electronics+safety).

    Always make sure components are unplugged before dismantling.

    Hope that helps.
    Mike
     
  3. peterken

    peterken Guest

    simple:
    - keep it closed if you don't have electric/electronic skills
    - if you have the skills, you'll probably know to unplug the device before
    opening
    - if plugged, stay away from it if you don't know what you are measuring
    - if measuring, always use insulated probes and be carefull not to short
    anything

    it's as easy as that
     
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