I love our big house but it does have a few annoying little issues. For one, Cooper’s room has been losing electricity. One by one, the outlets and switches have stopped working. Changing a diaper in the dark of night really sucks when you can’t see what you are doing.
We were worried about faulty wiring causing a fire so my friend asked her husband, R who is an electrician, to check it out for us. I explained that nothing was working, but to my chagrin some of the outlets worked when he checked them. The lights, however, stayed off. R quickly discovered the ceiling light fixture in Cooper’s room was wired wrong, so he fixed it for us and that seemed to sort out that problem.
When the huz got home an hour later, I was excited to tell him that the electricity was fixed! But when he tried flipping the switches, nothing happened. I called my friend back to tell them I wasn’t nuts (and the room really did have something wrong with it) and her husband was nice enough to come back to check it again………
And after poking around and dismantling several switches he discovered that a wire in the fuse box was inches too short and the power was arcing to make the connection.
He fixed the problem and brought the piece of wire he clipped out to show us. It was melted and charred.
We could have easily had a fire.
Today I am grateful for friends with useful skills.
Check your fire alarms.