Introduction: Gain a Sixth Sense Feel Electicity Without Shocking Yourself

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This instructable is pretty simple and it is my first. With it you will be able to feel the electricity running from the wall to any thing or feel around a light switch to see if it is on I know its pretty useless buts its fun, tingly and u probably have everything you need already. So lets get started.

Step 1: Find a Magnet

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So first you need to find a good small strong magnet I broke up a hardrive magnet and it worked pretty good but you could use any things the ones in the picture would be perfect.

Step 2: Glue the Magnet to Your Finger

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I used super glue I know your thinking wont that be painful well don't use a lot of glue or you can put a peace of tape on your finger and glue the magnet to the tape, but don't tape the magnet to your finger because that doesn't transfer the vibrations good enough and you cant feel it.

Step 3: GO Feel Some Wires!

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now you can go and put your finger near some wires to see if you can feel the electricity flowing through the wires. here is a link to were i originally found the idea. link i adapted there idea to make it less painful so there you go.


11010010110 (author)2009-03-30

wont the currents in the 2 wires cancel each others effect ?

silastic armor fiend (author)2009-02-09

sorry i just realized somebody said the same thing

silastic armor fiend (author)2009-02-09

ive heard of people implanting rare earth magnets coated in teflon into their fingers. this achieves the same thing although it takes time to pick up on it. it even makes it possible to tell if the security gates in stores are working. i was gonna have this mod done but all the places i found that have sold them stopped.

Kiteman (author)2009-01-29

Small point, this will only work with AC-carrying wires.

Tanners (author)Kiteman2009-01-29

Really do you know why? I'm curious.

berky93 (author)Tanners2009-01-30

I believe its because only AC currents create a magnetic field to pick up. but i may be wrong

frollard (author)berky932009-01-31

all electrical current 'in a direction' makes a magnetic field 90 degrees to that direction - regardless, you wont feel DC current, because its just 'going in one direction'. AC magnetic field sigles, and you'll notice a 'twinge' in your finger.

berky93 (author)frollard2009-01-31

I didn't know that - so you still can feel it from a DC current, but it won't be a tingle, just the attraction of the magnetic field?

Kiteman (author)berky932009-02-01

Exactly. Plus, most DC lines will be carrying less current than an AC line.

frollard (author)frollard2009-02-01

I should clarify - a CHANGING electric field induces a CHANGING magnetic field, and vice versa - hence how radio waves work, the electric part makes the magnet part, which pulls back in on itself and makes the electric part again. So - whenever you turn the DC on or off, you'd notice a force (minute, but there), but ac is constantly changing, so you would feel it a lot more.

berky93 (author)2009-01-30

I was planning to take some of my rare-earth magnets and put them into the fingers of a pair of gloves. I wonder how that will work.

frollard (author)2009-01-29

This is the effect a person felt when they implanted neodymium magnets in their fingertip(s) Neat instructable, but grab a camera and show you actually doing it with your fingers, dont just use stock photos :)

Tanners (author)frollard2009-01-29

My brother dropped and broke my camera :-( and I don't have very much money.

tyeo098 (author)2009-01-29

You don't have to delete yours, you should see how many knex guns there are... ( all pull back one shot guns) >.

tracker65 (author)2009-01-29

How about double sided tape

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