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Re: [APD] Taking Things Apart -- Carbo Plus

You're talking about the power cord, right? And not the low
voltage cord from the control box to the the carbo lock?

I have not actually been inside a Carbo Plus (they're too
small ;-) ) but a green wire on a power cord is
conventionally reserved for the Ground connection -- white
is for Neutral and Black for Hot. An item might run with
the ground wire broken but the safety that the ground
connection is supposed to provide is not there, which is,
if an inernal short devloped and you were touching the
case, the electricity would short to ground through the
ground wire instead of through you.. Now, Instead of the
ground wire, electricity might find that your body is the
best path to ground. Also, some electronic circuits don't
function in a stable and reliable way without good

If you can fix it, do it. If not, then get it fixed or
replace it. It should be an easy fix, remove a small bit of
insulation from the green insulated wire and reconnect it
to where it used to be connected -- the stub of the
original connection is probably still there, as if to say,
"Hey, over here, the ground connects over here!" Of coure,
you'll have to gain access to the connections to do this.

Water and electricity are a mix that deserves the utmost
respect and care.

And always unplug the electrical unit before attempting to
work on it.

Scott H.
--- Ann Viverette <annv777 at houston_rr.com> wrote:
>  Someone mentioned what you can learn by taking things
> apart... has anyone
> ever opened up a Carbo Plus unit?
> I ask because I have one running on that tank in the
> elementary school, but
> I am concerned because the cord seems to be not good. It
> looks like it was
> tugged on pretty hard at some point and this pulled out
> at the base of the
> unit, one wire, covered in green is snapped, and the
> white cotton-like
> wrapping shows. It works when I shove the wire back into
> the unit, but I am
> nervous about safety. I had to turn the unit up more than
> I was led to
> expect to to get less performance that I was expecting. I
> was given this to
> use at the school and I hate to look a gift horse in the
> mouth but I think
> this horse needs some attention.
> I do hate electircal work (ever since I shocked the fool
> out of myself
> working on a car, welding a ring to my hand) and so I am
> not eager to open
> this thing up unless someone who has can tell me that I
> am likely to be able
> to open it with out breaking it and be able to strip and
> reconnect that wire
> without too much confusion.
> Any good advice out there?

S. Hieber
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