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What happens when you bypass a interlock on a microwave?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by machinesmith, Jun 26, 2006.

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  1. machinesmith

    machinesmith Guest

    This is probably a stupid question, but when you have the microwave going
    and you disable the door open switch so the microwave doesnt go off when you
    open the door while its running what happens?
  2. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Your balls get hot, and drop off ...

  3. Jim Land

    Jim Land Guest

    The microwaves come out the open door, and this is not a good thing for any
    living creatures in the vicinity... including you! Remember, those
    microwaves *cook* food, meaning they are capable of cooking you!
  4. Guest

    Ray J
  5. They call it microwave "radiation" for a reason, I suppose...

    Mark Z.
  6. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    Seriously, you'll be exposed to intense microwave radiation which
    is likely to permanently damage your eyes at the very least. Don't do

  7. JANA

    JANA Guest

    If you bypass the switches and the door is accidentally opened, the damage
    to anyone or anything alive in the path of the radiation will have permanent
    damage of some type.

    Effects of microwave radiation at the intensity level that is from a
    microwave oven, even if it is too weak to feel at the distance you may be
    at, will cause eye damage, and promote the growth of cancer tissue.

    Microwave radiation has to be very weak in order to not have a dangerous
    effect. I think the safety rating for the maximum allowed is something like
    50 uA/cm^2 (50 millionths of a watt at one centimetre at the minimal
    distance from the point of transmission). The radiation from your microwave
    oven is in the many hundreds of watts.

    The radiation from your microwave oven is very intense for the purpose of
    cooking food. This means that if you are exposed at a close enough distance,
    you can be cooked!



    This is probably a stupid question, but when you have the microwave going
    and you disable the door open switch so the microwave doesnt go off when you
    open the door while its running what happens?
  8. JANA

    JANA Guest

    I like that one! It is actually the eyes that go first, then it is the
    testicals. After that it is the kidneys, and then the liver.



    Your balls get hot, and drop off ...

  9. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    I had a trainee once plug in a microwave while the door switches were
    bypassed and my family jewels were in front of the cavity. My
    offspring haven't been horrible mutants but I can't say I wasn't
    worried. Chuck
  10. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Sounds like a recipe for some Arabic delicacy ...

    First microwave the eyes, then the testicles. When tender and well cooked,
    add in the kidneys, and finally the liver.

    Serve with a bladder of boiled urine.

  11. Guest

    If I remember correctly your innerds don't have any heat sensing
    nerves (only on the skin). So if you're standing in front of your
    modified microwave you could be cooking your insides without knowing
    it or worse you could be expanding internal gases :)
    Ray J
  12. ian field

    ian field Guest

    Expanding gasses in the bowel can create a resonant cavity resulting in
    sparks - kablammo!!!
  13. ian field

    ian field Guest

    You sure the missus didn't get some help elsewhere?!
  14. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    This is where the expression "Stick a fork in me, I think
    I'm done" came from.

    Don't even think about it!

  15. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    I opened the door on a crusty old microwave once and was surprised that
    it didn't shut off. I closed the door as soon as it registered in my
    brain that the thing was still running but I still got an instant headache.
  16. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

  17. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Not a very smart thing to do, but.....

    There's an issue of distance. At a couple of feet, you're likely to feel
    warmth. Closer, and you will sense the RF as heat ranging somewhere from
    really hot to boiling the moisture and fat in your body. At about 4 feet
    from the opening of the waveguide, the levels are down to about 5 mw/cm3,
    which is the limit for a "controlled environment" Your eyes, and other
    "enclosed, fluid filled" organs are most sensitive. Short of having your
    head in the oven, it's likely that you'll move away from it before anything
    really serious happens, as it will feel like you're in .... well, an oven.
    I've read further down in the thread, and cancer was mentioned. While RF
    energy can cause damage as a result of exposure, cancer is NOT one of the

    The other half of the equation is the electronic control panel for the oven.
    Exposing the panel to a bunch of RF from an open door oven is likely to give
    it a serious headache, and probably will put it to sleep, shutting down the
    RF, but, maybe not.
  18. ian field

    ian field Guest

    Cataracts can occur at very low exposure rates!!!

    Most people probably wouldn't experiment with their shiny new push button
    microwave, more likely they'd wire up the interlock on an old manual oven
    which would be easier to tamper with and less likely to fail due to RF
  19. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Both very true....
    High levels of RF can pretty much instantly predispose you to developing
    cataracts. Cancer is not one of the after effects under any circumstances.
    Getting blasted with high level RF is not a good thing.
  20. Brian O

    Brian O Guest

    Not meaning to argue, but I know of people exposed to cellular frequencies
    due to high phone usage (back years ago when analog was the technology) who
    did contract skin cancer of the ear. I don't think that the jury is
    completely in on the rf link to cancer. I do know that statistics show that
    people exposed to high doses of magnetic fields have higher incidences of
    leukemia. Again, the jury is still out. I think there is a lot to research
    here. Anyway, just my 2 cents worth.


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    in an address to the Danbury Baptists.
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