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The Case of the Houseboat Electrocution

Damaged neutral on faulty light fixture and reverse polarity spell disaster for families; day of water fun at the lake

Soon after a young family purchased a vacation condominium on a local lake, they were anxious to entertain guests. One summer weekend, they invited another couple and their daughters to visit: Tim and his wife Liz, their older daughter Jenny (age 9), and younger daughter Laura (age 2). Toward the end of an eventful day at the lake, both families decided to take a walk along the docks down by the marina, which housed several boat slips.

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