11 DIYers Who Thought They Were Electricians Until They Failed

11 DIYers Who Thought They Were Electricians Until They Failed

Most of the time, DIY electrical work is no joke…but sometimes it is. These handymen made some pretty big mistakes involving electricity, but luckily they all lived to tell the tale.

1. A Shocking E-Mail
1. A Shocking E-Mail
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I'll tell you right off that I hate working with electricity because it scares the heck out of me.

But I had to replace an outlet, so I shut off the proper circuit breaker and checked the outlet with a voltage tester.

The power was off. OK, no big deal.

I started unscrewing the wire from the outlet, and just as the screwdriver touched the head of the terminal screw, someone sent me an e-mail, which caused the BlackBerry phone hanging at my hip to vibrate.

Thinking I was being electrocuted, I threw the screwdriver across the room, where it crashed right through the window.

This is one time that hiring an electrician might have been cheaper.

 
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