I have just done the most stupid and I'm afraid ultimately an expensive thing. I spent almost all day changing a valve to a combination shower/bath faucet (don't ask) and just finished at about 7:00 pm. This was of course to save money as I'm a retired woman of limited means. Well in this house whoever installed the fittings didn't leave any way to shut the water off except by shutting all the water in the house off, along with the condenser for the well pump and when you do that you also have to shut off the bathroom light. Well, I was tired from removing and repairing the valve, working with no light in the bathroom, and the prospect of having no water and just got careless. The problem happened because I also shut the gas water heater off because I didn't know whether or not when all the water drained that you should do that, but I know you have to with electric water heaters. Well, when I got the tub finished and turned the water on the water heater wouldn't relight. I remembered that when it happened once before I found a reset button by watching a You tube video. Well this time I couldn't find it on You tube and "guessed" it was behind the little igniter box (wrong of course). Anyway I found that out when I opened the box. I then struggled and struggled to get the thing back on and in the process I managed to unplug a wire (found out where that went, unless it's backwards). The real problem is that I not only scratched the green circuit board a bit trying to get the little pins and the white plastic things where they belonged, but I snapped off the tiny metal pin that goes into the hole where the flashing green lights are located. Of course after that happened the cover went back on and I then spent about two hours looking for and finally founding a video that shows where the reset button is as none of the manuals seemed to think this is worth mentioning. It was under the metal cover, not the igniter cover. My question is this, before I have the call a plumber and spend $200 or so dollars, and admit to outright stupidity, is it dangerous and would I stand a chance of blowing myself up if I hit the reset button and tried to light the pilot? You don't have to point out the folly of my ways, believe me I'm yelling at myself enough, but if you could let me know what you think about the danger of trying to light the water heater I'd really appreciate it.