The above Ad will no longer appear after you Sign Up for Free!

Just a little laugh for these cold months...

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by genericcomment, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. genericcomment

    genericcomment Member

    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Joplin, Missouri, United States, Mi
    Don't use your finger as a voltage tester and judge the voltage by how much it hurts.
     
  2. avkid

    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

    Messages:
    5,948
    Likes Received:
    225
    Occupation:
    Stageline Operator/Staging Supervisor
    Location:
    Howell, NJ
    I use my tongue as a go/no go tester for 9 Volt Batteries.
     
  3. Van

    Van CBMod CB Mods Premium Member

    Messages:
    5,899
    Likes Received:
    1,229
    Occupation:
    Project Manager, Stagecraft Industries, Inc.
    Location:
    Portland, Or.
    No, Never. I get someone else to stick their finger in the light socket then I can judge the voltage by the amount of smoke comming out of their ears.:twisted:

    Oh and you can tell whether it's AC or DC by whether or not they are shaking, as the smoke comes out of their ears.
     
  4. len

    len Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,709
    Likes Received:
    204
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    I tape a quarter across the terminals of a 9v and stick it in my pocket. Gives me a warm sensation all over.
     
  5. ScaredOfHeightsLD

    ScaredOfHeightsLD Active Member

    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    This is common practice for the freshman techs at my high school. It's about as close to hazing as we can get. Well, except for that one kid who really enjoyed it. I think he's still in the back-room with a shows worth of 1/2 full batteries....
     
  6. icewolf08

    icewolf08 CBMod CB Mods

    Messages:
    4,077
    Likes Received:
    683
    Occupation:
    Controls Technician - TAIT Towers
    Location:
    Lititz, PA
    I found a much more entertaining use for half dead 9v batteries. I was bored during a show so we connected a bunch of 9 volts together and made a battery powered stick welder. It was not very efficient, but it worked. The oddest thing about the experience was that we could only daisy chain 9v until we got to 150v once we hit 150v if you connected one more battery we got no voltage, we were miffed by that. So we wired a bunch of 150v daisy chains in parallel and connected a welding electrode and away we went. It also could light a source 4 and you could get an arc to jump between two people!
     
  7. soundlight

    soundlight Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,666
    Likes Received:
    330
    Location:
    PA & NJ
    Stick two nine volts together via the locking terminals. It's more fun.
     
  8. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Er, did you pay attention to that sweet little voice that said:

    SM: Standby Lights 5, give me a complete on cue, please.

    SM: Lights, GO.

    SM: Uh, Lights, can you acknowledge the complete, please?

    Sound OP: Alex had a 9V battery accident! Do we have a defibrillator?!
     
  9. icewolf08

    icewolf08 CBMod CB Mods

    Messages:
    4,077
    Likes Received:
    683
    Occupation:
    Controls Technician - TAIT Towers
    Location:
    Lititz, PA
    Actually, it was a show that I was not board op for. I was just supposed to sit back stage, change a couple gels at intermission, and then sit around some more. I had lots of free time!
     
  10. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Manual color changes...?! Awesome!

    I'd want to go, and get paid, but somehow replace myself with like a color boomerang, to make my life easier (if these are boom positions backstage).
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2008
  11. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,468
    Likes Received:
    2,870
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Haven't seen a remote color boomerang since the CCT Coloursette in the early '80s. Only held four frames, but the advantage was one could subtractively mix them. Since the advent of the GAM ColorMax, and later ColorWiz, scrollers have dominated.
     
  12. Eboy87

    Eboy87 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,206
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    You don't need a defib, you just need the 9v's he daisy chained :lol:
     
  13. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

    Messages:
    12,666
    Likes Received:
    2,692
    Occupation:
    Theater Manager & T.D.
    Location:
    Seattle, Washington
    I had a 9volt in my pocket one time for some reason. All of a sudden it lined up perfectly with the keys in my pocket and I had an electric heater in my pocket set on kill. It actually burned a small hole in the pocket before putting itself out in my flesh. Boy did I ever have some amazing dance moves that day.
     
  14. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,170
    Likes Received:
    40
    Occupation:
    Freelance Lighting Programmer/grandMA Trainer
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    the gaff

    "im burning"
    interpretive dance
     
  15. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Speaking of defib, anyone else get CPR/AED & First Aid training? I got it from the American Red Cross. The process was quite painless, a lot of the stuff was totally obvious, but there was also some useful information. I can't remember what the course costs, but I did it in one day, something like 7 hours or so. Definitely some useful training to have.
     
  16. DarSax

    DarSax Active Member

    Messages:
    606
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Bethesda MD
    Now just wondering, don't 9v's attached end to end supposed to have the propensity to blow up? Just wondering.

    Also, according to the comic Pickles a couple years ago, every year 9 people die from testing a 9v on their tongue. It's up on my wall.
     
  17. avkid

    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

    Messages:
    5,948
    Likes Received:
    225
    Occupation:
    Stageline Operator/Staging Supervisor
    Location:
    Howell, NJ
    That would be what makes it fun, duh!
     
  18. icewolf08

    icewolf08 CBMod CB Mods

    Messages:
    4,077
    Likes Received:
    683
    Occupation:
    Controls Technician - TAIT Towers
    Location:
    Lititz, PA
    Indeed, and it is quite spectacular when they blow up as you are trying to weld with them as the power source!

    I have, though I need to recertify some: WSI, Lifeguarding, CPR/PR, AED, and Lifeguard Instructor.
     
  19. Logos

    Logos Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,090
    Likes Received:
    99
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Launceston Tasmania
    I've got CPR and general workplace first aid plus an asthma first aid certificate. That took an hour.
     
  20. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Only an hour?!

    I'm not sure about those standards over in Oz.

    Seriously though, I did spend awhile with the dummy, not to mention the video scenarios / reading / theory.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice