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Start your own SQUIRM farm today [message #181743] Sun, 16 January 2011 17:36
George Johnson is currently offline  George Johnson
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And remember folks. Do not mistake worms for carnivorous millipedes.

How to Make an Electric Worm Probe
By Greg Stewart, eHow Contributor
updated: May 29, 2010 l

Things You'll Need:

* 4 feet of insulated, single-strand electrical wire
* Wire cutter
* Wire stripper
* 2 plastic-handled screwdrivers
* 6-volt lantern battery
* Electrical tape


1. Cut the electrical wire into two equal two-foot pieces using your wire
2. Strip five to six inches of plastic insulation off one end of each piece
of wire using your wire stripper.
3. Wrap the stripped end of one piece of wire around the metal portion of
one screwdriver until you reach the plastic insulation. Repeat for the
second wire and screwdriver.
4. Use your wire stripper to remove two to three inches of plastic
insulation from the wire ends that are not connected to the screwdrivers.
5. Wrap one of the exposed wire ends around the positive (+) node on your
6-volt battery. Wrap the other wire around the negative (-) battery node.
The nodes on the battery look similar to conical bed springs.
6. Cover the nodes and wires connected to the battery with electrical tape.
7. Insert the screwdrivers into the soil about two feet apart. The battery
will send a low-level electrical current through the ground and worms will
begin to appear on the surface for you to harvest.

Tips & Warnings

* For better results, use the worm probe after a long rain or use a
sprinkler to wet the ground. This will bring the worms closer to the surface
and allow you to harvest more worms in less time.
* Once you have connected the wires to the battery nodes, an electric
current will run through the screwdrivers. Test the connection by touching
the ends of the screwdrivers together. You should see a small spark if the
connection has been done correctly.
* Always hold the screwdrivers by the plastic handles, even though the
voltage used in this method is minimal and much safer than using higher
levels of electricity such as household outlets.

Now if that's too complex then you can order one here, website is sparse
to say the least.


--- I am shocked. Household voltage and wet soil? How could it ever go

June 1, 1993
Release # 93-075

Electric "Worm Getter" Worm Probe Recalled By Six Retailers; Electrocution
Hazard Cited

PRODUCT: Approximately 83,000 electric WG6-S and WG8-L "Worm Getter" worm
probes, manufactured by Handy Marketing Company. The probes are used by
fishermen to shock fishing worms to the soil's surface. The probes have a
single energized metal rod, enclosed in a white plastic, spring- activated
guard on one end and a black plastic bicycle grip on the other end. The
affected probes were sold by Kmart, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Fishing Hot
Spots, the Sportsman's Guide, and Gander Mountain.

PROBLEM: CPSC is aware of more than 30 deaths involving
functionally-identical worm probes. Consumers have been electrocuted by
contacting the exposed metal shafts and shocked by touching the ground in
the vicinity of the probe.

Electric worm probes are used by fishermen to shock fishing worms to the
soil surface. The WG6-S and WG8-L electric Worm Getter models have a single
energized metal rod. The probes are energized by household electricity at
line voltage, typically 110 to 120 volts alternating current. The metal rod
of the probe is designed to be inserted into the ground with one or more
extension cords connecting it to an electrical receptacle.
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