Electrifying Lessons

Lesson One from moving – don’t do it yourself.

Lesson Two from moving into a new home – resist the urge to make it your own upfront, just move in.

Lesson Three from trying to repair things in your first home – you just have to screw up to learn.

After moving our three-bedroom home ourselves, in one day, including tumbling  our washer from the truck to the laundry room, exhaustion did not stop my husband and I from undertaking house projects. With that, our first major lesson befell us a mere 24 hours after moving in.

We decided the garage would be the quickest project to complete – screw in a piece of loose Sheetrock, discard some left-over items from the seller and arrange our possessions. Well, it just so happened that when we moved the work bench, we notices a loose GFCI and decided to screw it into the wall more securely. Looking at the electric panel, the garage was not labelled, so to be safe we turned off the power to the entire house. After successfully tightening the plug, we switched the main breaker on.


For those who have powered a breaker, you know it makes a popping noise when pushed. Well, ours didn’t. We spent one happy night in our new home to be left without power at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday in the mid-July Texas heat. Luckily, (1) it was only going up to 95 that day and (2) we have a home warranty policy. After panicking for about 10 minutes, I called Complete Appliance Protection, they gave me an electrician’s office number … long story, short, two hours and $662 later, the A/C was running once again.

Apparently, in older homes, the major circuit breaker springs deteriorate to the point that when the breaker is switched off, it can’t be powered on. So, if you don’t know which breaker to shut off, it’s best to turn off all the small ones and use the main power switch only in case of emergencies. Whad’Ya Know?




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