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There goes the Power!

By Tara - Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Managed to get into the house in between Matt demo and Glenn reconstruction to wipe down the upstairs hallway and bedrooms to keep the house destinkification process moving along.  Started in the upstairs hallway on the weekend to make sure I wouldn’t be in anyone’s way once things got going again on Monday.  Thankfully the hallway wasn’t too badly nicotine stained, just majorly cobwebby.  Did the upstairs bedrooms next hoping it wouldn’t be too bad like the hallway.  Well, it was kinda somewhere in between.

Started with the master bedroom.  Getting my mop ready to TSP the ceiling, I actually took a good look at the ceiling for the first time.  Interestingly enough it looked like someone spilled a cup of coffee upwards all over it.  Lovely.  As I moved around the room I found more random brown splatters in various places and all over the inside of the bedroom door.  Gross.  I soo don’t want to know what that was!

Monday came and the temperature went down.  With no heating in the house anymore and the temperature dropping it was starting to get COLD.  Left a space heater on overnight in the dining room but figured I’d give it a break when I got there in the morning.  Made it through the second bedroom with my trusty old mop and TSP, chatting with Glenn who was working on the bathroom.  Paused a few times to help move the tub in, and move it back out, and back in, getting it all ready to install.  All was going well and then I moved back downstairs to get out of the way and give the living room a round 2.  It was soo dirty to start with that although it was already cleaned once a couple of weeks ago now, it was in definite need of round 2 and possibly 3.

Once I got back downstairs I decided I was way too cold and it was time to turn the space heater on again.  Take 2… 3?  OK, while the heater was working all night it apparently didn’t want to work anymore!  On the off chance that it was the plug rather than the heater that wasn’t working I decided to move it over to a plug in the living room.  Turned it on…  Heard Glenn shouting down from upstairs…

What?!  Apparently all power went out upstairs.  The outlet that Glenn was using for his power tools was now suddenly not working.  I went back to the heater, gave it a dirty look, and turned it off.  Something suspicious here…

Spent the next 10 minutes searching with Glenn for the outlet tester thing that tells if you an outlet is live or not.  Had to put my Matt thinking cap on to determine where he might of left it, strenuous task I know, but I figured it out.  It was lying down in the basement where Matt and Paul were demoing, never made it back to the toolbox where it belongs.  Figures.

So, Glenn went around and checked all the outlets…  Apparently I blew every fuse in the place because I was cold.  There was one working outlet in the dining room, and one working light upstairs.  Fantastic.  What a pain.  That is so not normal.

Texted Matt.  Think we’re going to need an electrician in here stat….  Doo de doo…  What?  No, I didn’t do anything…  Guess that’s enough damage for one day ;p

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One Response to “There goes the Power!”

1 My Simple House - » Of Wires and Roofs! says:

November 12th, 2012
at 4:25 pm

[…] in Tara’s last post she told you about how she managed to knock out power to most of the house while trying to run the space heater. Yes it’s important to keep the house somewhat warm […]


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