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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep. 15, 2006
    North of the Frozen Tundra, but I can see it from my house.

    Default A shocking question....

    I have this great insulated and heated trough a neighbor made for me about 8 years ago. It is wonderful, but it is also getting older. We have our first winter storm blowing into NE Wisconsin tonight, so I brought it out and cleaned it up and put it into use again...

    Everytime I plug it in for the first time each season, however, I worry a little. Is there a way to test it to make sure it has not developed a short that could shock (or worse) without putting my finger into the water? It is now full of water, but not yet plugged in. Any ideas?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov. 6, 2009
    Silvana, WA


    You could try using a volt meter - placing the test end into the water.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 15, 2006
    North of the Frozen Tundra, but I can see it from my house.


    Thanks Urbanhenry! I did not have a volt meter, but used my fence tester, and it worked well. I guess a fence tester is a type of volt meter....

    All is well; nobody was shocked (or worse)!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May. 12, 2000
    NE TN, USA


    Make sure it's connected to a ground-fault breaker, which will trip before leakage current reaches a dangerous level.

    However, many animals, especially horses, are very sensitive to leakage currents and may still refuse to drink from it. They'll let you know if it's giving them a tingle.
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