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Masonry drill v hidden 240V cable (flash bang wallop!!!)

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by rh2705, 4 Mar 2010.

  1. rh2705

    rh2705

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    Wifey bought a Roman blind once - you know the type that you pull up with a cord and secure to a cleat.

    The blind went up no problem, all I had to do was drill two holes two plugs bish bash bosh fasten cleat bobs your uncle.

    Unfortunately where I wanted to secure the cleat there lurked beneath the plaster the 240V ring main - and my masonry drill bit punched it as close to dead centre as my eye would have done had I tried to do it deliberately. Although I did not receive an electric shock there was quite a bang!!!

    The electric went off and as I retracted the drill a wee flame burned briefly through the hole.

    I tend to turn the power off before drilling walls these days - lets hear it for cordless drills folks!!!!
     
  2. Monkeh

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    Alternatively you could just check there isn't a cable present before drilling a hole.
     
  3. wotan

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    Aw that takes the fun out of it :LOL: :LOL:
     
  4. wingcoax

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    British Gas once drilled through the cooker cable at my sister-in-laws.
     
  5. londonboy

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    Those pipe and cable locaters are pants so I dont bother, and very rarely do I hit anything, maybe once a year.

    Got very wet last time though (pipe running at 45 degrees across a kitchen wall :LOL: )
     
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