Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Not that this was in the plans for my week.  I was hoping to get in a full week of work for once.  Seems like one thing after another keeps coming up. 

I solved the mystery of my tv problems.  It should have dawned on me a little sooner.  The outlet was replaced and the circuit  sizzled in the breaker box twice when my BF was messing with it.  I noticed occasionally my light on the deck was flickering when I took Grizzly out.  My powder room light was doing it also occasionally for a week or so.  Silly me thought they both were just getting ready to burn out.  Sunday night close to midnight, it all came together.  I was brushing my teeth in the powder room when the light started to flicker.  At the very same time, the sound on the tv was fading off and on.  I looked out on the deck; sure enough, that light was flickering.  LOL...sort of a pun but the lightbulb came on in my head.  It was that darned circuit that was sizzling off and on.  Everything I'm having problems with it on that circuit.  This is the same circuit that my previous AC caught fire on 5 years ago in the family room.

My BF said something about coming over and changing the breaker.  This didn't make me comfortable.  I called my electrician yesterday morning at work and left a message.  He called back in the afternoon and asked me if lights were flickering and explained the symptoms word for word.  He said he's sure it's because of the rain we've had that moisture has gotten into the box from the outside and fried the one circuit.  Silly me asked why it was only one circuit.  He said "for now."  It happens to be the first circuit in the box.  He's coming this afternoon to do an overhaul on the breaker box, if possible, which he thinks it should be and recaulk the outside area that it leads into.

I absolutely dreaded asking for another day off.  I've had to take so many days off for things since June.  This is a new job.  Luckily, I had a lot of vacation time to use and still will have at least 2-3 weeks left.  This is something I can't let go for any length of time.  I'm gone 11 hrs every day.  I can't worry that I'm going to come home and find no house.  So, I'm rephrasing my term for myself.  I'm not OCD; just vigilant.

Electrical fires are the main cause of homes burning down.  It's not just the rundown homes that most think that burn down from this.  It almost happened to me previously.  Luckily it was my day off when it happened.  Many of you have seen pictures of the wood in my familyroom.  It's from an old barn and well over 1/2 half an inch thick.  It burnt my hand at the time when I touched it.  Joey pulled the wood off at the time.  We have a fire extinguisher in the familyroom and put out the fire immediately.  I shudder to think what would have happend had I not been home that day.  Both kids were but they wouldn't have noticed.  I did because a storm was coming, and I was unplugging the AC.

Megan works each night until well after midnight and sleeps until well past noon.  Smoke alarms are good to a certain point but fires between the walls are so far gone before there is smoke. 

New homes are also at risk because the contractors short cut on paying good electricians to do a through job.  Pay the extra couple of thousand and have your own electrician do wiring if you build your own place.

Go around your house and check your outlets.  If the plugs are the least bit warm, have the outlet replaced.  I did this after my first fire.  I had several "warm" outlets that my BF replaced, and the electrician inspected afterwards.  This is something most never think of (I didn't) until it happens to you.  Outlets are like anything else and wear out after time and use.

Today I feel an enormous sense of relief that this is going to be taken care of professionally.

I'm stepping down off my soap box and getting Megan up.  It sounds like she has a sinus infection and looks like she's developing pink eye in her one eye so off to the doctor she is going. 

Oh and before I forget, in case you don't know, Shelly, RoxyMama, is making another quilt for the Anniversary celebration.  You can visit her journal and leave a comment to have a memorial square made for your lost loved ones.  It will be a beauty...... XX Roxy Mama XX

ROFL...I'm editing again....if you want a mug shot in an anniversary video, Stevie  'J~Land' 3rd Anniversary tribute video has graciously offered to put a video together with pictures of J-Landers.  Clicky on the link to get all the info.

Have a good day all............


jeanno43 said...

Glad you got your electrics sorted out.  Like you said, we cannot be too careful.


jeadie05 said...

OH for goodness sake no you most certainly dont want a fire ,its a good job you realised what was happening ,nice of BF to offer but best not fiddle around with electricity .............Jan xx

queeniemart said...

i know its alot going on and making you nuts...i feel the same way about the fiasco that i am going thru with my car....i can not deal with this stress!! But, thank God you are getting it fixed. Thank God you will all be safe.

jckfrstross said...

wow glad you found the problem:) enjoy your day


ally123130585918 said...

Glad you got the experts in to deal with the problem ~ electricity is best left to the experts ~ Ally

chat2missie said...

Electrical problems scare me to death!!  Glad you found the problem before something terrible happend!!  Have a good day.

lv2trnscrb said...

Chris; that is so good that you figured out the problem and getting the electrician out to take care of it. I'm the same way when it comes to electrical things I always feel it should be done by a professional who knows what he is doing and Jim agrees so we would have done the same thing that you did. I am going to go and feel around my outlets like you said. Of course they aren't my outlets since we are renting, but you know what I mean. If I have any concern I am going to talk with the owner; we are home a lot, but when we aren't and we are gone for short periods Mr. Koda is here in his crate; don't want anything to happen to him.

Sometimes you just need to take a day off to take care of this type of business; good that you have time built in for it that you can do it with pay

Hope Megan feels better soon


xomywayox said...

Yup, I totally agree with you taking time off to make sure this gets fix. By the way, you have aplumber, electrican, & mechanic on payroll? You are a all around girl.


jlocorriere05 said...

I hope you can get it sorted. A neighbours' apartment burnt out a few weeks back because of an electrical fault. You can't be too careful! Jeannette xx  

kdcutie26 said...

That is great that your work is so willing to help you out when you need to stay home.  I am happy that you caught this now darling, this will save you a headache in the future.  I love the graphics in this entrry.  Love ya, KJ

tpiez4me said...

Geee I'll be up all night feeling my outlets now.  Good idea!  Glad you caught this one!

am4039 said...

I think it's a good idea that you have a professional electricion do the work. Yes it's a good think you can take the day off. I would be worried too about my house too.

mtrib2 said...

I have my breaker/service electrical box inside my home and it has never had a problem.    I think it is wise for you to be so concerned about the possibility of having another fire.     No amount of money should be spared on making sure your wiring is safe.    I let a person do my wiring in my new house addition up to the breaker/service box and will only allow a certified electrician do the connection to the box.    I had one new dedicated line installed and he put in a 15 amp breaker instead of a 20 amp.    My next addition will require having a new box being added hooked to the old box.    My electrician also installed the box in my barn and it is inside and has never had a problem.     Worrying about a possible fire when away from home is not something anyone should have to endure.     I am sure your electrician will solve your problem.    mark

princesssaurora said...

I am glad that you are being vigilant... fires are scary...

be well,

helloimkara said...

Chris I LOVE all of your cute sidebar graphics! So stinking cute!!!  Im really glad you are getting all of your electric work done before anything happens! That is scarey...


shayshaydc said...

Glad you got that electrical problem taken care of.... you wouldn't want to have to call 911!!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic

pennietoonz said...

Chris, I`m really glad that you figured out the problem. And the things you said about the outlets, etc are good things to know.
I hope Megan is better soon.
Love ya,

lanurseprn said...

Hi Chris. I never thought about going around to feel if my outlets are "hot."  Good advice!!  Thanks so much.  You're right...it's something you just don't think of.
Glad you got the problem taken care of and I hope your daughter feels better soon.