Well I was just 1 tank away from completing my weekly water changes on all my tanks when I went in to top up my second to last tank and I forgot to turn off the heater that was just sticking out of the water, well it exploded and electrocuted me as I was dipping my bucket in!............Other than a sore left arm I'm now going to be spending the evening cleaning out my wate butt and refilling it again oh and buffering it again!!!
Eek Glad you are ok though, could have been nasty!
I've fried a few heaters in my time due to over large water changes and forgetting to turn the heaters off. The smell of melting plastic and cooking algae from the holders gave the game away for mine! I would say it's not likely you'll do it again but I've done it three times now - Mr S has printed a little sticker and stuck it on my siphon which says 'turn off heater' with a little skull and crossbones for added emphasis Maybe you need a little sticker on your bucket or something to jog the memory
Just finished cleaning out the water butt and i turned round to put the lid back on and my spare 300watt heater dropped and smashed as well . Story of my life!!! so my pulcher tank looks like it's getting changed on monday or tuesday after i pick up a few new heaters tomorrow!!!
Not good is it, I've done it too - grabbed hold of the bare element on mine accidentally! I don't think it's 240V running through the coils so it's not as severe a shock as you'd get from a mains supply but it's still not pleasant!
I think I've broken 5 heaters to date... I have a few spares now but need to top up really.
I've got one thing to say to you lot - thermofilter ... that's what stands between me and hideous accidents especially with my ever increasing age-related cognitive decline - factor the cost into your pension plans now while you are still young ...
Are these the heaters that live outside the tank? I'm quite interested but gather they are very expensive. How do they compare price-wise to a decent internal heater? And who makes them? I know I'm being a bit lazy by asking rather than searching, but would value input from someone who uses them - I tend not to always trust everything I read on't internet