Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
lara7

need help from electricity nerds:

I was using the electric weedwacker. There was a weird smell, so I turned it off. The larger prong on the plug was blackened and smelled charred.

this is most likely caused by:

1) faulty weedwacker
2) faulty extension cord
3) faulty electricity source (3 pronged outlet, but could it be badly grounded? how would I know?)
4) user error (I've used the weed wacker for similar amounts of time in the past, but maybe I somehow overdid it?)

also, if I scrub the charred stuff off the prong, is it safe to use the weedwacker again? Can one replace the weedwackers plug for less than the cost of a new weedwacker? it's less than 5 years old and is a black and decker, so I'm suprised to see it failing (for whatever reason).

in a possibly related occurance, I was vaccumming last week for about 2 hours (cat hair + drapes + rugs = several passes before a room is "done") and the vaccum got very hot, so I turned it off to cool down. 2 hours later I plugged it in and the switch would not turn the vaccuum on. I only mention this in case there's an obvious "OMG you have too much electricity coming out of the outlets and it will eventually destroy anything you plug in" explanation.

advice?
Tags: angst, i am a clueless homeowner, it's science!
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