How to Build a Short Circuit

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Building a short circuit requires re-routing the electrical current in your network through a different circuit than was originally planned. When you build a short circuit, it's important to understand the basics of keeping it stable and grounded. Otherwise, it could be potentially dangerous and flammable. While short circuits are often thought of as a negative situation, its' sometimes necessary to build short circuits for testing purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Electronic network Active current Low-resistance conductor Jumpers Pliers
  • Open a wire circuit in your electronic network. Check the voltage of the network, as both points will need to be reconnected at the same electrical voltage. If you're unsure of the voltage, consult the electrical notes on the individual components of your network.

  • Reconnect the resulting electronic wire points, using pliers, using the low-resistance conductor. The lower the electrical resistance of your conductor, the better. This will create a low-resistance circuit for your network.

  • Use the jumpers to ground the low-resistance circuit. Essentially, this builds a stable short circuit through the low-resistance conductor. The electrical jumpers divert the current to protect the rest of your electrical network. Ungrounded short circuits are unstable and could lead to an unsafe short circuit. This would blow out your entire network if the separate elements of your network are unable to load the entire voltage.

  • Run a test current through your short circuit to monitor the resulting voltage levels of the low-resistance conductor before placing the circuit in any sort of installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check that the short circuit you build is grounded with jumpers.
  • Failing to ground your short circuit will result in a shorting of your network and potentially hazardous situations (e.g. fire).
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