My husband is good at DIY (do it yourself) and although we are both getting on in years, he likes pottering around maintaining the house in good condition. Today, he decided to replace the backs of some electricity boxes in our shed. There's is a circuit box out there, so he doesn't have to turn off the current for the main house to work at them. I am still working on my thesis corrections . so after a quick (! yeah, ok, longish!) break for a cup of tea, I went back upstairs to the top of a 3 story house where I have peace and quiet to work at my laptop.
I found the internet connection was off. The laptop works off a battery, though I usually have the charger plugged in at the minute because i am working long hours at it. I went down to the middle floor where my PC resides to check the internet connection there but I found it was OFF. And the emergency lantern that is kept plugged into the mains in that room was ON!
The Electric was OFF.
I rushed downstairs, yelling my husband's name but no answer! Out to the shed, expecting to see him lying there, electrocuted but no one there. Pheww! Called his name again but no response. (Like most men I know, his focus is only on one thing at a time and he cannot switch from one to another easily.) Then I heard a murmur of voices in the garage.
Our son was testing electrical things in the garage and something had tripped the circuit breaker. They were happily out there totally unaware the electric was off.
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lookatdesktop wrote on May 20, 2016, 11:31 AM
You really have to make sure your power is off when doing something like that. OMG. It could have been a disaster. When it comes to electricity I will replace a plug in wall outlet or a wall switch but when it comes down to the meters and the fuse boxes, I don't dare touch them. Too many wires and I feel unsafe around them. I will not hesitate to call an electrician if I have power problems. But then, I saved a pretty penny by doing some of the simple tasks myself. DIY is a good thing. Saves money and money is hard to find.
lookatdesktop wrote on May 20, 2016, 12:17 PM
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CoralLevang wrote on May 21, 2016, 7:15 PM
I probably should not have laughed when I read this, but I did. I probably should not have left when I read this, but I did. I'm glad that nobody was hurt. But I can imagine why you had such a start!
MegL wrote on May 22, 2016, 3:23 AM
Yes, I did consider whether to put this in the humor section but decided that might be in bad taste, LOL
CoralLevang wrote on May 22, 2016, 3:49 AM
I would have put it in humor anyway. LOL
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