I just saved a hundred bucks on electrical repairs
April 20, 2016 6:13pm CST
Yep. It started over a week ago when there was a power outage that lasted about half a second. Everything in the house went out just long enough to have to set about half the gadgets back on and set the time and date on everything. But then we had a problem charging the Kindle Fire. "OMG! it is setting at 15% power!", I said. For some reason it had been plugged in for the longest time and went down from 35% power to 15%. I removed it from the plug to the A/C unit in the dining room and placed it in the bathroom on the toilet seat and plugged it into the combo switch/outlet and it charged perfectly in a few hours. The problem with it not charging in the dining room where the A/C window unit is plugged into bothered me. We had a one second power out a few days later and this made me think maybe a squirrel was chewing on wires in the attic. Not the reason for the power outage. It seems when Spring happens in Dallas, so many people use air conditioners at the same time that it puts a strain on the power grid in our area. It will happen any time without any warning throughout the year but mostly in the spring and summer months. Thunderstorms are also a problem in this city. The power went out all over a 5 mile radius during a recent thunderstorm and lasted for 5 hours without power. We ended up buying two ice chests and 2- ten pound bags of crushed ice to keep things until power up again. Today I took a circuit tester to the outlet in the dining room and it was dead. The tester works. The little light, it came on, in the bathroom switch but not in the A/C outlet. I kept thinking, Why don't you just check the breakers in the bedroom closet? I did and I was happy to find that the A/C breaker had been turned OFF because last week when my wife was going through her clothes she unintentionally pushed a hanger over at the exact point where it pushed the breaker switch to OFF. I was worried I would have to pay a hundred dollars or more to call an electrician or call my step son, who is an electrician but when I realized the switch had simply been turned by accident to OFF I gave a sigh of relief. I walked into the dining room, pressed the A/C window unit ON and felt the cool breeze of success and victory! The reason is simple: I fixed it myself!
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• Dallas, Texas
20 Apr 16
You are so right about that! I was more relieved to know there wasn't a potential wire problem up in the attic caused by a gnawing little squirrel chewing on the wires like liquorish candy. I am so glad I made a cup of yesterday's coffee and didn't even care.