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    410-a a good conductor of electricity?

    okay!

    thursday night I was fixing a carrier 30rb chiller.
    had a leak in the hot gas tee.
    after the repair I was charging it when my light broke, so I just worked in the dark.

    I hung my gauges on the chiller on those little chicken wire gaurds whatever they are called?

    when I purged the air out of my hose some refrigerant blew on the hook of my gauge manifold and sparked!!!

    it was very dark out and I could see it clearly.

    I kept doing it over and over like a dozen times! It was definately sparking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what the heck?????????????

    i wanted to take a video but my phone/flashlight/camera also died!
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    I guess?????????????????

    sure was cool to look at in the dark!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    guess I should have asked jim bergman?

    how did you find that?


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    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    guess I should have asked jim bergman?

    how did you find that?
    I remember it being posted here a while back. Couple years, at least.

    I went to Jim's YouTube channel and dug back for it.

    It stuck out because I'd not heard of or considered the possibility of it until then.

    IIRC, it was around the time the the Testo 550 was released and they were being fried by this same static build-up.

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    this could be dangerous, depending on where you are working!

    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I remember it being posted here a while back. Couple years, at least.

    I went to Jim's YouTube channel and dug back for it.

    It stuck out because I'd not heard of or considered the possibility of it until then.

    IIRC, it was around the time the the Testo 550 was released and they were being fried by this same static build-up.
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    how cool!

    did he explain what was causing that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    how cool!

    did he explain what was causing that?
    It is static charge buildup by refrigerant traveling through the hoses.

    I've never seen the sparks, but I've FELT them....

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    Interesting topic, and good video...

    I do know liquid refrigerant will conduct electricity... spilled it into an elec box many years ago and got a vivid display. I doubt gaseous refrigerant will though... no proof, just a hunch.
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    huh??????????????????????????
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    that is why I asked how much refrigerant you were charging.

    I've never worked on a 30rb machine so I don't know if you're talking a couple pounds, a couple jugs or a couple tons.

    As fluid flows, it can generate a static charge.

    I was pulling some gas from a rack on a roof one day. Only a hundred pounds or so, but the 125# tank was sitting on a rubber roof, my manifold was NOT grounded nor was the tank.

    It only took about 2 minutes to build a noticeable 'zip' when you touched the tank. If you let it go much longer, the shock was almost painful.

    I've seen it happen before, but this was the worst I can remember.

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