May 28, 2019
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Knuckle busters … Save yourself from (bigger) shocks
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Here’s an old electrician’s trick that can help keep you safe around anything that could possibly be electrified with a hot-skin voltage.
NEVER grab anything metal (such as a fence, aluminum ladder, pedestal cover, RV door handle) with your open hand. Instead, brush the metal object with the back of your hand using your knuckles first. That way, if there happened to be a hot-skin/contact-voltage on it (pretty rare, but it happens), instead of your hand clamping down on the handle, ladder or whatever, your hand will actually bounce away from the energized object. This happens because you have more muscles in your hand that cause it to close, than muscles that want to open it. When you get above 20 mA of current through you, all your muscles naturally clench up, and the ones that close your hand win out over the muscles that open up your hand.
Of course, an NCVT (Non-Contact Voltage Tester) is the preferred way to test for hot-skin/contact-voltage, but for all those times when you’re just walking up to a door or ladder and you’re not in “test” mode, just use your knuckle as a final test. It’s worked for me dozens of times, and I’m sure it’s saved me from serious shocks at least a few times.
If you will be near Hagerstown, MD, on June 8 you might want to consider taking one or both of Mike Sokol’s classes on RV electricity. The details are here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Save money when dining out
When you want to go out to eat, search out little mom-and-pop restaurants. The big fancy restaurants where all of the tourists go are usually overpriced, and I find that most of them are not unique. They are just cookie-cutter tourist restaurants. Fellow campers sitting around the campfire will tell you where the hole-in-the-wall little restaurants are in the area that serve great local food at non-tourist prices. Tourist restaurants don’t give you a flavor of the local area anyway. And, of course, don’t go out to eat very often. Going out to eat should be a special event. Treat it that way and you will enjoy the experience a lot more. —From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income.
Avoid that musty smell after storage
Tired of that “musty” smell when your rig’s been in storage? Some RVers leave dryer softener sheets lying about in closets, drawers, and cabinets when “closing up” for awhile.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Take cover! This helpful guide from National Geographic tells you everything you need to know about taking shelter from a tornado. Always be prepared!
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A blind man went on vacation to Texas. When he sat down on the plane, he felt the seats and said, “Wow! These seats are big!” The man sitting next to him answered, “Everything is big in Texas.” When he finally arrived in Texas, he decided to visit the hotel bar. He ordered a beer and got a large glass placed between his hands. He exclaimed, “Wow! This mug is big!” The bartender responded, “Everything is big in Texas.” A little while later the man asked the bartender where the bathroom was. The bartender replied, “The second door on the right.” The blind man headed for the bathroom, but accidentally tripped and missed a few steps, landing past the second door. He walked into the third door and fell into the swimming pool. Scared to death he started shouting, “Don’t flush! Don’t flush!”
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