Let me go back a couple years ago.
In one tiny year, my sister, my step-son/daughter-in-law and one of my closest friend's houses all burnt to the ground! It was tramatic seeing this happen over and over again, so I can't possibly imagine how bad it would be to actually live that.
This is why I have a fire phobia.
Let's be fair, who *doesn't* have a fire phobia?
So this past winter, I suddenly started tripping a breaker, which only slightly worried me as at that moment, Gene and a coworker were working on a truck outside and taxing my every last
But after they got it fixed, it kept doing it. Then it got worse. Then Gene was outside and SWORE he heard a huge pop.
Finally, we knew something was definitely up, and turned off the breaker. Then it snowed. And then some more. Before you knew it there was literally 4 feet of snow around my house.
In the meantime, I had exactly no outlets in my kitchen. Well, the stove, fridge, etc worked, but I couldn't run a toaster or a can opener. We finally figured out that one outlet on a different wall worked, but that was it. So it was home to a toaster, coffee pot, can opener, phone charger and two drill chargers.
It was ugly.
We called an electrician, and bless him, he came out on a Sunday even, although at this point we know it's not an emergency, he came anyway. He tested here, and there, and took some stuff apart, and stood in a snowbank.
What we determined was, it wasn't working.
The next step was to get into the wall and look at what was wrong with the wire, but there's 4 feet of snow up against my house right?
So we had to wait.
Then it rained.
then some more....
You get the picture.
Finally, mid APRIL, Gene takes a skil saw to my siding and cuts a chunk out. I'm totally ok with this because at some point, all the siding is going to go ANYWAY.
So look what we found:
Stupid effin' mouse anyway!
Gene rewired the section that was bad, and I made a mental note that I'm probably going to get my house rewired the day that the siding comes off.
But I haven't dropped that bomb on Gene yet.
He still hasn't recovered from the 6 weekend process of replumbing the whole house last summer!
Let's look at the bright side tho. The above wire I cut up and used as a tether to keep my trash can from blowing away!