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Electrical Shock Hazard From Old Electric Tools

Why did I get an electric shock while using an old drill? Why Old Electric Power Tools Can Give You an Electric Shock.


The Dangers of Old Electric Tools
Electrical Question: Why did I get an electric shock while using an old drill?

The drill was old, and I am happy to throw it away, but I have two questions:

Thanks in advance!

Background: Dan, a Homeowner from Long Island, New York.
Additional Comments: great site!

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This electrical wiring question came from Robert, in Dallas, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Dan.

Electric Shock Hazard and Old Electric Tools

Why Old Tools Can Give You an Electric Shock

Dan, most older electric tools have metal cases or enclosures which conduct electricity to the user through the handle if there is a short in the electrical components including the cord.

Replacing a Cord for an Electric Tool
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Unplug the cord of the electric tool before working with the cord wiring.
Notice: Be sure to obtain the correct cord replacement with the same type cord and AWG wire size.

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