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Shocking?

Does anyone else's treadmill shock them!? There's one treadmill at my lil gym (out of 2 treadmills) that 2 of the 3 times I've used it, it shocks me everytime I touch a metal part on it. And since it has the heart rate grips on the handle in front, I accidentally touch it all the time. And it's not a small shock. It's a BIG shock! And the entire time I'm on it, I can tell that little hairs are standing up on my head. Even when I touch the padded rails on the side, my hair stands up a little more. It's annoying and sometimes hurts! Like I said, one time it didn't shock me at all. It's so weird! Anyone experience this same thing, or have any suggestions!?

Fri. Mar 3, 10:55am

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Considering you say a strong shock, I'm ruling out static. So my suggestions are:

1) complain to the gym manager.
2) stop using the treadmill!

Honestly, why would you get on it a second time? It's obviously not properly grounded. And it's plugged into the wall, right? You do know that household current can kill you, right?

Friday, March 03, 2006, 12:04 PM

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OP here. Well the second time I got on it didn't shock me once. At first I thought it was static. But this last time, I was touching the handle every 3 strides or so just so it wouldn't build up so much. Each time it was the equivalent of a small static shock. So when I wasnt' touching that often, you can imagine how much had built up! What is the proper setup for a machine to be grounded?

Friday, March 03, 2006, 6:02 PM

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Usually the plug has 3 prongs -- one of them is the ground. The problem is either internal in the machine, or that the ground wire in the wall has come loose from the outlet. In either case, you wouldn't be able to see it.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 6:19 PM

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