Monday, November 30, 2009

Breaker, Breaker

In the late 70's, that was CB talk. I never had a CB radio but many high school classmates did.

Now in the late 00's, "breaker breaker" now means to me that something has tripped the circuit breakers in our house. This has been happening frequently in the last month. Unfortunately, most of our circuit breaker box is still labeled from whoever lived here 25+ years ago. (Except for the work our Exceptional Electrician did... if it's written on top of white out, it's accurate.)

Twice in the past month, Frank has come downstairs to ask, "Is the power off?" No. After a close inspection, we determined breaker #15 was tripped. Just barely. It wasn't in the "off" position, it was just slightly off of "on." So now we know breaker #15 is most of his lights.

Tonight, I was turning on the back porch light when a bulb blew. It blew so hard it tripped another breaker. Also out were: the other porch light, interior garage light, kitchen and dining room lights. And since the garage light was out, the breaker box was really hard to read. We flipped a few that were labeled as garage, kitchen, etc., then I actually noticed that one was off. Breaker #6a. "garupstairskitlights." Which I have now also labeled as porch, garage, kitchen and dining room lights.

Should I care? Should I relabel? I would have to turn off the whole house, and then flip the circuits on one by one. (We watched Jurassic Park the other night...that gave me the idea.)

Or I could just keep the element of fun and adventure. Get a flashlight kids, and let's play with the box!

As long as it's not the refrigerator that's off!

3 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Good grief, as long as the computer is not on breaker #15 all's right with the world, true?

San Diego Momma said...

Life is predictable enough as it is. I say leave it all a mystery.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Now all I can think of is, "We got us a convoy!"