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    Should have taken my watch off....

    Whilst tinkering with my old banger this afternoon ☹️



    My clasp touch something with a high current and caused a short!


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    Damn, that's a big one!

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    Oh no, not good news. So easily done, you just go out there to have a poke about and polish something shiny and before you know it you're ripping the diff assembly out. Dare I say it'll polish out? Is it all running ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tz-uk73 View Post
    Oh no, not good news. So easily done, you just go out there to have a poke about and polish something shiny and before you know it you're ripping the diff assembly out. Dare I say it'll polish out? Is it all running ok?
    Ive been replacing a few pulleys for shiny ones! Still got a couple of bits to tinker with, then she should be good to go. Donít know if I was lucky or unlucky with the clasp though.

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    You need to be more careful. 100mA can kill a human.

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    I wouldnít worry about it ( easier said than done ) but these things are supposed to be worn and battered it adds character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 200mwaterresistant View Post
    You need to be more careful. 100mA can kill a human.
    Actuallly, currents of 30mA can already cause a respiratory paralysis. You would however require a minimum voltage of 40 Volts to reach such a current through the human body (more likely 60+ Volt), so impossible to contract while working on a car.
    #Basta

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    Should have taken my watch off....

    Ouch. Glad you are OK. Iíd definitely leave it - patina with a story.

    Arenít coil packs high voltage?
    Last edited by alfat33; 18th May 2018 at 19:24.

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    High voltage (60,000+) but low amperage.

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    It'll refinish OK. Treatment with a blue Garryflex block will make it look better........be sure to move it in one direction only.

    I mess around with my old car frequently, I wear nice watches frequently.......I never do both at the same time. Plastic Casio for me when doing any mechanical work.

    It's annoying, but it could've been worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    High voltage (60,000+) but low amperage.
    Thanks.

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    Ouch, +1 take my watch off before tinkering with car, learnt the hard way.

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    Life without scars is no life at all. Enjoy the memory!

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    Air-cooled VW?
    Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

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    Wow unlucky, I might be more worried about what it touched as it may have foreign material inclusions in it which may go rusty or cause it to crack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backward point View Post
    Air-cooled VW?
    You would know, I think we had a brief chat about them last year 👍🏻

    Quote Originally Posted by Hooshabak View Post
    Wow unlucky, I might be more worried about what it touched as it may have foreign material inclusions in it which may go rusty or cause it to crack
    I think it touched the live terminal on the alternator. Iíll watch the little crater with interest

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    Well that's added some character, maybe you could claim that it saved your life

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    Be careful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backward point View Post
    Air-cooled VW?
    Quote Originally Posted by stefaulkner View Post
    You would know, I think we had a brief chat about them last year 

    I thought so. Bad luck with the watch, but it will be a reminder not to do it again - glad you're ok. Did you replace the pulleys with standard size alloy versions?
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    Should have taken my watch off....

    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Life without scars is no life at all. Enjoy the memory!
    Live my life by this rule! amen!!! If you really wanted that polished out it doesnít look too bad.


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    Iíve had similar on jewellery but luckily never a watch, which is a miracle really.

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    It was the car gods punishing you for trying to fit unnecessary chrome tat to your engine 🤣🤣

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefaulkner View Post



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    Damn!

    Quote Originally Posted by j17ykp View Post
    I wouldnít worry about it ( easier said than done ) but these things are supposed to be worn and battered it adds character.
    "Supposed to be battered"? Who knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Life without scars is no life at all. Enjoy the memory!
    Absolutely this. Leave it there then make a decision at the next service.
    It's all part of the character of the watch - and shows you dont baby the thing.

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    Damage doesn't look too bad, will surely brush out.

    Looks far too tight though!

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    This is why we own G-Shocks...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAW View Post
    This is why we own G-Shocks...


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    No, this is why you take your watch off when working in tight quarters. It just gets in the way, and G-Shocks are the worst.

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    Dropped a spot of solder on a wedding ring once. It hurt, alot! Last time I ever wore anything metallic working in the garage.

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    I wonder what Captain Mainwaring would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajet View Post
    I wonder what Captain Mainwaring would say.
    Stupid boy...

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    Is the car alright?
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    We live and learn mate. Could be worse

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    Iím guessing you wonít make that mistake again, Steve...

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    I did this to a Breitling many moons ago. I shorted a battery I'd thrown in a drawer that was for powering my fish finder/GPS in the kayak.

    It spot welded a few links together and generated a lot of heat.

    I got a row of small burns on my wrist and needed to crack the links to get them moving again.

    The watch was fine, but Breitling couldn't get the two marks out when it had its service a couple of years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euan Begbie View Post
    We live and learn mate. Could be worse
    Only another 130 posts to go.

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    Looks better with the scar - it tells a story, your story.

    A watch is for wearing, the more patina and dents and dinks the better.

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    Could probably laser weld and rebrush it and it would be good as new.

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