Thankful For A Near Miss
Happy belated thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. And, happy early thanksgiving to all my American friends.
My apologies for vanishing for the last few days, I’ve been slightly preoccupied with the state of our house.
You see, we’ve been having electrical problems in our house for the last few months. But, in the last couple weeks things took a drastic and concerning turn. Our lights were flickering frequently. If we turned on any kitchen appliances they whole house dimmed. Eventually some appliances started randomly turning off, but never actually flipping a breaker. Needless to say, we knew something was pretty wrong and we knew it was beyond our skillset.
So, we started searching for an electrician who could get to our house, urgently. We found someone, but they couldn’t come another week. So, we just stopped cooking at home (which meant after a full month of cooking every meal at home we had to eat out again). I even stopped blow drying my hair! Basically, we made a point to stop using anything that drew a lot of electricity.
After talking to a few different companies, we decided we needed to replace our old electrical panel and to do some investigation in our kitchen. So, the company we hired got to work. We were supposed to have power back in half a day. But, of course, it didn’t work out that way. We ended up having our panel replaced and the problems persisted. The city power company had to come out to investigate the city’s electrical connections to our house. The decided to replace everything from the main city line to our house. The problems persisted. Eventually the electricians and the city figured it out and our lights and appliances returned to normal. In fact, the city inspectors came the next morning and passed the inspection to confirm the work was done correctly.
Mr. MPB and I just assumed everything was back to being safe.
Well, we were wrong.
Yesterday while doing some cleaning in the basement Mr. MPB noticed a piece of wood just a few feet from our brand new electrical box that was slightly burnt! Evidently the electricians, the city’s power company and the city inspectors missed it. Evidently, at some point before the panel was replaced the wire casing was stripped and had been sparking enough to slightly burn the wood (sorry if I’m using the terminology incorrectly, my knowledge of electrical wiring is basically non-existent).
Seriously, our house could have burned down!! The thought of this terrifies me. Not the thought of loosing all our stuff – I’m a firm believer that stuff is just stuff. But the thought of loosing Little MPB. Gosh, even just typing that brings tears to my eyes. I just cannot even contemplate that.
So, anyways, now thanks to Mr. MPB, we are actually confident that our house is safe once again. And, maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to use my computer, cook at home, and even do my hair again!
And so this thanksgiving, I am thankful that Mr. MPB found this before our house burned down.
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