I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged
when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
What are the potential risks of leaving things plugged in on one end (to an outlet, to a computer) and free on the other end? [more inside]
Why do some electrical appliances lack an on-off switch? [more inside]
I live in a hundred-year old house (in Los Angeles, no less!) that has limited electrical outlets. I have unlimited (it seems) electronics - three computers, monitors, two laser printers, two air conditioners, electric heater (in the winter), etc. The house was upgraded from old-style fuses to circuit breakers a few years ago. It is a rental so I am not able to do any upgrades. None of the wall outlets are three prong, so I am using adapters. In the summer, my office is just overdone with things drawing power - all three computers, the printers, AC, and probably 20 (or more) smaller items - cell phone, postage scale, radio, etc....