The day all the lights went out

By Glen
@glenniah (1201)
Mandurah, Australia
March 2, 2016 6:37am CST
Well actually it was not so much the lights as my computer, laptop, tablet, TV and radio. It all started when I noticed the cover surrounding one of the light bulbs in the kitchen appeared to have a crack in it, plus it was very dusty. So I climbed up to the light fitting and took it down. All went well until I attempted to put the cover back and screwed the light fitting in. Alas the light fitting crumbled at my touch. Off I went to a huge hardware store and asked for a new light fitting. The man in charge of lighting was very good and said, 'I have to tell you that you need an electrician to put this back together. However, if you know a handyman he could do it for half the price'. I thanked him kindly for his advice and went off to see a friend who is a handyman. My friend came over to the house, turned off the power and screwed in the light fitting. I was rather concerned about the small step ladder he was on as it seemed to shake a little as he moved about. However, it all went well and when he had finished his job he turned the power back, checked the lights were working and away he went. Now came my dilemma. The TV didn't work when I turned it on, neither did any of my electric devices. I was concerned that I hadn't unplugged everything before the power went off and now I had ruined my appliances. Then after a mini meltdown and looking up electricians in the phone book I wondered if maybe there had been a power surge. When I looked at the electricity box outside I found that indeed there had been a power surge. I turned on the switch in the box and felt so proud of myself when everything began to work perfectly again. I hadn't needed an electrician or the neighbour next door, it was just me and I did it.
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@JudyEv (130145)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar 16
Well done you!! When things go wrong here I sometimes say to Vince 'what's the simplest thing it could be' and sometimes it really is something simple.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
2 Mar 16
@JudyEv After I had worked it all out I did actually speak with a Sparky, he sent about 40 minutes just talking on the phone about all the problems there were and how they could sometimes be easily fixed. If I ever need an electrician he will be the one I choose.
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@JudyEv (130145)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar 16
@glenniah It is good to find a tradesperson you can trust. I'm sure you would have enjoyed the talk.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
6 Mar 16
@JudyEv Oh yes it was a great chat. hehe
@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Mar 16
Are you in a suburb of a big city or more remote area?
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
2 Mar 16
@JohnRoberts Hi I am in a suburb which was once a very tiny town and now has grown in people and buildings and such. About 45 minutes from the capital city.
@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Mar 16
@glenniah That would be Canberra?
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
2 Mar 16
@JohnRoberts No John I am way over on the West Coast. Canberra is about 4000kms or so from me
@celticeagle (119130)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Mar 16
Just you! You are the Ninja electrical God. You did it! You!
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
6 Mar 16
@celticeagle So now do you suppose I have magical powers like Superman or Wonder Woman. hehe
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@celticeagle (119130)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Mar 16
@glenniah ....It would seem. Cool.
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@LadyDuck (170494)
• Switzerland
2 Mar 16
Well done, we also have the electric box outside the house. It's inside a metal cabinet closed with a key.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
10 Mar 16
@LadyDuck Sounds a bit like ours. And it is easy to get into if there is a power surge.
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@LadyDuck (170494)
• Switzerland
10 Mar 16
@glenniah Yes, I have the key to open the cabinet and it's very easy to access the cabinet.
@kayshope (1309)
• Thermal, California
2 Mar 16
that happens here in the hot desert where i live. They say it helps save on energy. i dont believe it one bit....bad when its 112 and they turn our power off for 3-4 hours in the heat of the day...
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
6 Mar 16
@kayshope That would be very hard if they turned off your power in the heat. So no A/C at that time then
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@kayshope (1309)
• Thermal, California
8 Mar 16
@glenniah they say they arent planned. But I have a hard time believing them.. cant trust those big power companies....
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@AnneEJ (4988)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
2 Mar 16
Glad you solved your problem so easily.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
6 Mar 16
@AnneEJ It seemed to be such a huge obstacle to over come then hey presto it all worked out
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@GardenGerty (101621)
• United States
2 Mar 16
It sounds as if you did what we call "threw a breaker" or if your house is really old, "blew a fuse" . I hate the cost of electrical repairs. I hope that this is all you needed.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
2 Mar 16
My house is about 10 years old but I think the houses were all rushed through at that time. Yes 'blew a fuse;' is it, Seems to be all ok now