Green liquid from AC electrical plug

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  1. WDS

    WDS Guest

    The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for alarm
    that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?
    WDS, Aug 30, 2008
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  2. On 8/30/2008 12:32 PM WDS spake thus:

    > The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    > prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for alarm
    > that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?


    That's the electricity (commonly known as "juice") you got leaking
    there, good buddy. You need to get a couple of Johnson gaskets to seal it.


    --
    "In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: 'Elect me president, and I
    will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
    population into concentration camps and turn the country into a
    wasteland.' But Lyndon Johnson said: 'No! No! No! Don't you dare do
    that. Let ME do it.'"

    - Characterization (paraphrased) of the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson
    presidential race by Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost
    Authority".
    David Nebenzahl, Aug 30, 2008
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  3. WDS

    hr(bob) Guest

    On Aug 30, 2:32 pm, "WDS" <> wrote:
    > The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    > prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for alarm
    > that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?


    How do you know it is from the plug and not from something inside the
    wall that is leaking down onto the outlet??
    hr(bob) , Aug 30, 2008
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    J. Clarke Guest

    WDS wrote:
    > The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from
    > both prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause
    > for alarm that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?


    If there's liquid coming out it's not coming from the plug--something
    is either leaking on it from above or leaking into the receptacle from
    behind the wall. Either way find out where it's coming from. In
    addition to fixing the leak you'll likely need to replace the plug,
    the outlet, and possibly some of the wiring.

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    J. Clarke, Aug 30, 2008
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    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On Aug 30, 3:32 pm, "WDS" <> wrote:
    -- The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from
    both
    -- prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for
    alarm
    -- that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?

    It can't be a short since you only have 2 prongs. If the hot wire were
    shorted, it would leak black and if the neutral were shorted, it would
    leak white.

    A short will only leak green if there is a ground wire. Since you
    don't have a ground wire at the plug, it can't be a short to ground.

    OK, so what else would make it leak green?

    You said it was an older TV. Is it a color TV or B&W?

    If it's color, I'll bet the picture is looking a bit reddish these
    days since you're losing green out the ass errr, I mean *back* - end.
    My guess is that the heat sink for the picture tube has a leaky drain.
    Currently, there is little that can be done in this situatio. I would
    resist the urge to cap it. That will just a induce a backup.

    If it's B&W, and you have a color TV that you watch more often, I'd
    say it was green with envy and it's just showing it's true colors. You
    better give it some quality time or it'll get so angry you'll be
    seeing red. What a mess that will make.
    DerbyDad03, Aug 31, 2008
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  6. On 8/30/2008 12:32 PM WDS spake thus:

    > The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    > prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for alarm
    > that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?


    Score for this thread so far: jokester 5, troll-ees 0.


    --
    Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the
    powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

    - Paulo Freire
    David Nebenzahl, Aug 31, 2008
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  7. WDS

    WDS Guest

    I also thought along that line about copper corrosion being green. There is
    nothing wrong with the outlet. The green liquid is definitely coming out of
    both prongs on the plug only when current is passing through it. Apparently,
    the copper wires in the plug are corroding. This is a 24 year old, 10" color
    set that has been sitting in a closet for years. Still has a great picture.

    Thanks for being the only poster that doesn't think he is a comedian!

    "Red Green" <postmaster@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
    news:Xns9B0AD85DC3F8BRedGreen@216.168.3.70...
    > "WDS" <> wrote in news:gdhuk.19228$IB6.14120
    > @bignews8.bellsouth.net:
    >
    > > The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    > > prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for

    alarm
    > > that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Liquid of any type <===> Electricity plugs/outlets ---- yea I'd say cause
    > for alarm. Remove power source until you figure out what it is. Higher
    > level shock or fire hazard.
    >
    > I would thing liquid discovered around any household electricity would
    > cause alarm even to those with no knowledge of electricity.
    >
    > Green is usually the color of when copper corrodes. So, if there is a
    > liquid getting on copper, it must be picking up the corrosion before
    > showing itself.
    WDS, Aug 31, 2008
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  8. It's a sensor probe from an alternate universe. You need to soak the plug in
    a bucket of Clorox bleach, call a priest, and move to New Orleans within the
    next 12 hours. Those green plugs will crawl up your nose while you are
    sleeping, and take over your brain. The military has people like you at area
    51 in New Mexico, which is top secret. Enough to say, it's not pretty.

    OTOH, you could wipe it off with a paper towel, and not worry about it.

    --
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    "WDS" <> wrote in message
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    The AC plug on an older TV is beginning to leak a green liquid from both
    prongs. Does anyone know what this could be? Is there any cause for alarm
    that this may be the beginning stage of it shorting?
    Stormin Mormon, Sep 1, 2008
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