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Copper wire and shove it into the positive terminal

  1. Apr 11, 2013 #1
    If I were to take a copper wire and shove it into the positive terminal of an electrical outlet and then stick the other side of the copper wire into the earth, will current flow??
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  3. Apr 11, 2013 #2


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    Of course .. and lots for a brief time till the copper wired fused or the house circuit breaker tripped

    Why would you want to do such a dopey thing ?
    You are setting yourself to be a darwin Award contender

    if you dont do and dont even consider such actions you will " Live Long And Prosper"
  4. Apr 11, 2013 #3


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    Electrical outlets don't have positive terminals, only hot, neutral and ground. If you meant the hot terminal, yes, current will flow, including through you if you aren't protected.
  5. Apr 11, 2013 #4


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    It's called a short circut (or line-to-ground fault). Hopefully a breaker would trip somewhere, otherwise one risks starting a fire if the circuit overheats. That is a dangerous activity that we discourage.
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