1An unfortunately common tendency among novices is to sketch slash marks through relay contact symbols in order to show when they happen to be closed. This is a very bad habit, and should be discouraged at all times! Diagonal lines drawn through a contact symbol are supposed to denote the contact to be normally-closed, not closed: it shows that a switch contact will be in the closed (conducting) state when it is at rest. What we actually need is a different kind of symbol to show when a contact is closed during any arbitrary condition we may imagine. When someone uses this same symbology to denote a contact that happens to be closed during some condition, it needlessly confuses the concepts of closed versus normally-closed.