Originally Posted by RPCookin
Okay wise guy... I guess that you have disassembled a crockpot, or you somehow know instinctively that shoving a screw down into the works blindly is an okay thing to do? Give us a break for having some common sense, and apparently a bit more than you have.
My point about the toaster was that those elements DO have electricity flowing through them, and shorting them out with a screw between them and the housing COULD potentially be a problem. It wouldn't be the first small appliance that had some hitherto undiscovered safety concerns.
Any more smart remarks?
RP, My reply wasn't intended as a "wise guy" statement. And I'm sorry you viewed it that way.
And yes I have taken a crock pot apart.
That's why I advised Munky it was a PITA.
My statement about a child and toaster was from my father always coming behind my sister and going "Boom" to scare her when she plugged something in. To this day she has an irrational fear of anything electric.
I have no doubt that you and others here have common sense.
H.E double hockey sticks you more then likely have much more then me.
So I won't perceive your "and apparently a bit more than you have." as a "wise guy" statement or "smart remark".
Originally Posted by tenspeed
I've never taken apart a crock pot, so I don't really know what is between those two walls. But I'll guess that there is a wire carrying 110 volts to a switch, which has other wires connected to a heating element of unknown construction. A piece of metal rolling around has the potential of shorting some of these unknown current carrying components. Best case is that it trips a breaker, worst case is that it causes a fire. A co-worker had his house burn down that was due to a defective wall socket. No magic, just an understanding of the potential consequences of something going wrong. Personally, I wouldn't risk burning down my house for a $20 crock pot that is known to have a defect.
tenspeed, I can understand your concern. Anything that has a 120v wire attached is a potential hazard as long as it's plugged in.
It's a shame your co-worker suffered that loss. But it seems a defective wall socket combined with a defective breaker/fuse was the cause.
But I don't know due to lack of information of the event.
I only used "Magic" as a term because electricity gets blamed for so much.
Here's a quote from "The Powers That Be" about a house fire that makes me use the magic term.
"The cause of the fire has not been determined as the building has not yet been wired."
And since this thread has reached it's conclusion since Munky tossed the pot and drifted enough already I'll drift it further.
Folks. I know I'm a bull in a China shop here at times.
But I've been lurking much, much longer then I've been a member.
I joined yet I'm not a joiner.
The Discuss in Discuss Cooking is going away.
Humor has been lost.
Butt hurt is the norm.
Post count or time a member has been here is valued over content of the post or poster.
"Old Boy's" club is rearing it's head.
Excuse the rant my friends.
I'm sure I've overreacted in my perception of some but not all.