Many people text, put on makeup, channel surf and jam out to the radio while they drive. Not me. I write blog posts. In my head.
It dawned on my on my drive home on Friday that the three year anniversary of the move from Hanover Township to Sweet Valley is coming up. We made the move in March of 2008, after an extensive and exhausting search for a new home. Why did we move? We outgrew the house in Hanover Township. I planned to blog about how happy I am to call this northern corner of Luzerne County my home. That is, until I arrived home.
The first thing my husband said to me when I walked in the door was not "Hi" or "Welcome home". It was "We have a major electrical problem." AGAIN?! What the…?
We've been having issues with various electrical things in the house since last summer. It started with the power going out for 5 days during Hurricane Irene, continued on with the Washer & Dryer conspiring to stop working at the same time, and in December the baseboard heat decided it should just stop working in the Living Room upstairs. I pretty much had my fill with stupid house problems last year. I REEAAAALLLLYYY don't want to start the year with another plethora of crap that needs to be fixed around here. Anyway, back to the story….
We don't really know what happened, or why it happened, but there is now 0 watts of power going to the master bedroom. Zero. Zilch. Zippo. Like nothing will turn on. At all. When I'm annoyed. I. put. a. period. after. every. word. The power was working fine in there on Friday morning. Rich turned off everything before starting to work (he usually works from his computer room in the basement). He went back upstairs sometime in the afternoon and nothing would turn on. He thought, "Uh oh, I bet a fuse is blown." He went over to the fuse panel and proceeded to throw every switch. Nothing turned back on. He went back into the basement where we have a second fuse panel and threw every switch there. Still nothing turned back on in the bedroom. What the….?!?!?!?!
It's now Sunday and still the entire bedroom remains powerless. We have no idea what's wrong, but it's more than likely going to require a professional electrician to come out and look at the wiring. I'm really nervous about what that may end up costing us. Also, I'm even more nervous about what he may find. When the baseboard heat stopped working in the living room….Rich came to the conclusion that the thermostat was bad. He turned off the power and took it off of the wall to find something majorly wrong inside of the wall. Basically the wiring got hot enough to melt through the plastic shielding that surrounded it and the wires were bare and exposed. We are seriously lucky that the entire house did not burn down. I'm not really sure how hot it would have needed to be to melt wires, but it kind of freaks me out thinking about it.
Here's the thing about this house, it's a divorce house. The people that lived here before us got divorced, and the wife ended up with it. The husband was some kind of masterful electrician. If you toured the house, you'd know what I mean. There are about 8000 light switches (I still have no idea what half of them are supposed to control), 2 fuse panels (as previously mentioned), an external garage completely wired up, a timer, and a million and one weird configurations of lights and etc. I'm really wondering two things. 1) Was he really a good electrician or one of those hacks that says they know a lot about electricity? 2) Did he purposely wire crap up to fail after the divorce papers were served? I'm not one for conspiracy theories…but…..
All things considered, I do really love Sweet Valley. I'm very happy to call it my home. I may have some odd neighbors, but nothing like the lunatics I lived next door to in Lee Park. I would take the lunacy any day over the week over the scumbags, murderers, thieves, more thieves and megan's law violators. By the look of things, not much has changed in Hanover Township. Just this week, 3 major crimes happened within a 24 hour timefame.
2. A Drug Bust
I think we made the right decision by moving out when we did. The city is starting to get more and more dangerous each day.
Now *ahem* about that electrical problem…..anyone know a good reliable yet affordable electrician?