How dangerous is it??

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Old 05-30-06, 07:49 PM
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How dangerous is it??

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I'm just wondering how dangerous is it if I see a spark when I plug in a plug to a wall outlet????
Thanks. I'd call my electrician and ask him but he never calls me back. Thanks again. Wingit.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 07:51 PM
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Probably perfectly normal. One oftens sees a little spark as electrodes (plug) make or break contacts. I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 08:00 PM
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Try ut with whatever you are plugging in turned off. If the device is turned on, it will draw current and some sparking is not uncommon. With the device off, it will draw no current and there should be no spark.
 
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Old 05-31-06, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by wingit
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I'm just wondering how dangerous is it if I see a spark when I plug in a plug to a wall outlet????
Are you seeing the arcing in the blade slot? If yes, that's normal like the other posters said.

However anything with an on/off switch should always be turned OFF before plugging in or unplugging. Repeated arcing may cause a buildup on the contacts that will increase resistance and heat. In many cases the blades clean themselves but over years of this action they will deteriorate.

Also even when turned off, some things such as TVs and other electronics, still draw power.
 
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Old 05-31-06, 10:43 AM
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Hi,

While I am not a pro, I have had something like this happen before. Like the above posters stated, if it's just a little spark, it's probably normal and I wouldn't worry about it.

However, when I moved into my house, I had an old, al-cheapo outlet that was basically falling apart in the wall. When I plugged anything into the outlet, a HUGE spark would fly out of the outlet. The breaker would also trip. There were black marks around the outlet, too.

So, if the breaker's also tripping, my assumption would be a bad outlet... but again, this is just my personal experience. Someone will correct me if I am wrong.
 
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Old 05-31-06, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Gizzorge
However, when I moved into my house, I had an old, al-cheapo outlet that was basically falling apart in the wall. When I plugged anything into the outlet, a HUGE spark would fly out of the outlet. The breaker would also trip. There were black marks around the outlet, too.
Ah, yes, a receptacle that is "basically falling apart in the wall" needs to be replaced. Why would you even try to use this more than once?
 
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