A job I wouldn't want!

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by Randy Rhoton, May 15, 2007.

  1. Randy Rhoton

    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member

  2. Jason Lorette

    Jason Lorette Active Member

    Holy crap! Ummm...no!

  3. Eric

    Eric Active Member

    Take away the current, and I think it looks like a ton of fun!
  4. Colton

    Colton New Member War Zone Member

    So, how does that rod work? You see the electricity charge off the end of it and then he hops on the wires.
  5. Jason Lorette

    Jason Lorette Active Member

    Colton...I think it has something to do with equalizing the current between where he is and the actual wires...but I could be wrong...that way he doesn't get cooked like a giant bug zapper. Some who know electricity better than me may be able to speak better to this.

  6. Jerry Pease

    Jerry Pease New Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    wow, that is insane
  7. Chris White

    Chris White New Member

    The helicopter pilot must be really good. That was some great hovering.
  8. Drew Mitten

    Drew Mitten New Member

    That would be kool to try out. But I wouldn't like that for a job.
  9. Michael M

    Michael M Active Member

    Not only No, but HELL NO!!!
  10. Saurav

    Saurav Active Member War Zone Member


    Here's how I think it works. Electricity needs somewhere to flow to, that's what creates current, and current is what kills you. So if the helicopter had a metal wire hanging down to the ground, then like the guy said, the electricity would find a path from the power line to ground, and they'd all be dead. But since there isn't a path, all that happens is that the helicopter (and the guy's suit) charge up to the same voltage as the power line. Once the guy's suit's at the million whatever volts, then there's no voltage difference between him and the power line, and at that point it's like standing on the ground and touching an unconnected piece of wire.

    Like I said, I *think* that's how it works. I wouldn't be willing to put myself in his place based on my understanding of this :)

    Edit: I'm not sure how they land after they've done this :lol: :lol: :lol: There must be some way to discharge the helicopter before touching down.
  11. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    My guess is he doesn't need viagra.
  12. Jason Lorette

    Jason Lorette Active Member


  13. Tom R S 4

    Tom R S 4 New Member War Zone Member

    Slight correction: I'm fairly sure he would be equalizing the voltage, not the current. He equalizes the voltage so there is no current.
  14. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    It's scary enough dealing with the electrical stuff...but on top of that you have to shimmy across said wires hundreds of feet in the air!

  15. Jerry Pease

    Jerry Pease New Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    man those folks must have high exposures to EMI. Not very healthy if you ask me.
  16. Jason Lorette

    Jason Lorette Active Member

    ummm...like I said...people with better understanding of electricity...thanks for the corection :)

  17. Tom R S 4

    Tom R S 4 New Member War Zone Member

    'better understanding of electricity' :lol: :lol: I thought people with less understanding than I need help changing a light bulb. :wink:
  18. I love it! What a COOOOOL job.

    I love this quote of his:
  19. EricS

    EricS New Member

    Wow! :shock: Makes me feel like a chicken each time I work on the power supply transformer and caps in my DIY amps...

    Yes, the rod is to equalize the electrical potential (voltage). One there is no difference in voltage, there is no current flow and you're good to go. I was wondering about the landing procedure also. I guess they do the same thing with a grouding rod upon landing.

  20. Hehe... I know what you mean Eric. Probably the most comparable I got was when I replaced a cap in one of our microwaves... or when I wired a new dedicated 30amp circuit for my HT amp... FROM my unused electric clothes dryer circuit. :shock: :wink:

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