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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Public service message from Make
Here is one side effect of the whole DIY craze (which has been driven by magazines like Make and Ready Made) -- erroneous (and potentially dangerous) instructions. Here is an e-mail I received today from Make:

"The "How to Build a Power Tap" page in MAKE 05, page 112, contains an error that could cause an unsafe wiring situation. Before attempting this project, please read the corrections posted at http://makezine.com/05/quickanddirty.

PLEASE DO NOT BUILD THE POWER TAP AS SHOWN IN THE ILLUSTRATION.

The illustration shows a dual plug receptacle, which, when wired improperly, can cause a short circuit. Do not attach the wires from the extension cord to the screws on the same side of the receptacle, because it will create a short circuit.

Once again, before attempting this project, please read the corrections posted at http://makezine.com/05/quickanddirty.

Additionally, we have corrected the illustration on the digital edition, which you have free access to as a subscriber.

Thank you for your time,

The MAKE Team
editor@makezine.com"


Considering I got my most recent copy of Make a couple of weeks ago, there is a good chance that quite a few people have built one of these. I just hope none of them live next door to me.

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