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Name:   old teacher - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/18/2017 4:57:50 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.143.116.93

Last weekend two people were possibly electrocuted near their dock on Lake Tuscaloosa.  The cause has not been published yet but there is some concern about the underwater lights in use everywhere (big green monsters). Does anyone know if those lights have enough power to charge the water?  What about power boat lifts?  What about just an ordinary electrical line on the dock for lights?

 





Name:   MrHodja - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/18/2017 6:21:10 PM   IP ADDRESS: 45.29.248.199

I don't have a green monster but do have an outlet on the dock that is protected by a GFCI breaker before the line gets to the water.  GFCI breaker also protects the night light that is close to the water.





Name:   Mack - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/18/2017 6:47:13 PM   IP ADDRESS: 74.240.81.50

My dock came equipped with AC lights and outlets. At the first dock rebuild, I moved everything AC back to land and now rely on a 100' extension cord if I need it. 120VAC maybe 18 inches from the water bothered me enough to move it off the dock. Low voltage light works very well instead.





Name:   Lifer - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/18/2017 7:06:12 PM   IP ADDRESS: 174.255.194.81

IMO using the extentions cord is inherently more dangerous than having AC line because presumed ly the AC line would be anchored to the structure and secure whereas the extention cord can fall off or be dropped. All it would take is one little nick in the cord somewhere to get charged up. I am speaking from experience unfortunately. I do understand apprehension about 120 volts and water though. Any AC line exposed to weather should definitely be ground faulted. You can do it at the outlet or the breaker. For my outside outlets I like the GFI outlets as opposed to a breaker because if it trips you reset it right there instead of having to go into the panel at the house, but I'm. Lazy... Lol.





Name:   lakeguy - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/18/2017 8:33:03 PM   IP ADDRESS: 97.85.30.173

Very close friends with one of the Dad's.  I will attend a sad funeral Thursday. Very, very sad situation. Yes, it was electrocution.

 

I have had dock lights under my guard rails for over 10 years. They are being disconnected next week.





Name:   MrHodja - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Semantics
Date:   4/18/2017 8:54:20 PM   IP ADDRESS: 45.29.248.199

Mine are GFCI "outlets" as well.  Point is that a sneeze could shut off the power...a good thing around water.





Name:   Lifer - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Semantics
Date:   4/18/2017 9:31:51 PM   IP ADDRESS: 174.255.194.81

I Stand corrected. I just installed a new plug for  my neighbor on his deck. The first GFCI breaker would trip before any plug you put into it was even halfway in. My first thought was I had put the wires on backwards out of habit because I did it to the new code with the ground on top. Checked it and it was correct. Put the tester in and it showed correct. Fortunately the breaker came from Moores Hardware and he was willing to swap it out. Most folks wouldn't on electrical electrical parts that were special ordered. I told him if it was a regular breaker I would throw it away and put in another one, but that suckered cost $60. The replacement worked fine.

We are fortunate to have Steve Moore in Dadeville.





Name:   GC - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Semantics
Date:   4/19/2017 6:31:25 PM   IP ADDRESS: 64.130.112.34

110 and water do not mix





Name:   LSUboy - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/19/2017 6:55:22 PM   IP ADDRESS: 108.81.93.233

Can you say if it was Green Lights ?  I have two and may need to have them off more??Prayers for the families. Dear God.





Name:   old teacher - Email Member Reply
Subject:   Electrocution at lake dock
Date:   4/19/2017 8:33:38 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.143.116.93

I do not know what caused the elctrocution but am hoping information will be released so others may be spared.

 







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