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Old 01-09-2017, 08:07 PM
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Do not vacuum up micro/epoxy dust with your plastic bodied shopvac while standing on a vinyl floor wearing tennis shoes. Particularly during a period of low humidity.

Unless you need a jolt or three to correct your Atrial Fibrillation, bring Frankenstein's monster to life, or something like that...
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:22 PM
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Thanks, I needed a good laugh!
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:13 PM
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This is why we always ground our A/C during fueling.

I bet your hair was standing up pretty proud before the "zap" ;-)
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:19 PM
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I think the real story is "low humidity" in Atlanta!
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:25 AM
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Are you alright ?
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:46 AM
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I had pulled all my carpeting out of the airplane for a good cleaning this past weekend, and had it all laid out on the wing and was vacuuming it while leaning up against the trailing edge. About every half second I could feel a small zap from my right leg where it was jumping to the airframe through the denim of my jeans, it's amazing how much static can be generated by a shop vac.
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:34 PM
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We get a constant stream of zaps just off the metal extension tube on our 'Henry' shop vac.

Now - vaguely related and not too much thread drift - have a look at these clowns who got a bike stuck on an electric fence......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY4WhTU22UQ
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:21 PM
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Are you alright ?
Never have been, but I was hoping the shocks might set me right...
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