Where there's smoke..

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Or in this case, no electricity.

There's a reason they used asbestos in electrical cabinets...

So 6:50 on Friday morning the power went out.  Usually this is an old fish tank heater that's getting faulty.  Except the RCD was still switched on.  I flicked it off.  But then couldn't get it to flick on again.  I turned off everything I could in the house but no change.  Several messages and photos back and forth back and forth to David before I noticed the melted plastic...

Melted plastic

At that point we knew it was serious and we'd have to get the professionals in.

Fortunately, FORTUNATELY, we were able to get it looked at the same day.  I shudder to think of going three days without power.  Would have needed to find friends with fridge and freezer space...  The fish would have probably been ok this time as it's a lot warmer than it was in April.

Someone let the smoke out..

Burning

Upshot of all of this is now each of the two power circuits has its own RCD, so if a fish tank trips it'll only take out half the house...

3 Comments

Sylvia Johnson said:

Methinks that you were very fortunate that the problem didn't set fire to the house, it looks nasty! Glad you were able to get it fixed quickly.

October 1, 2018 4:37 PM

   

kapgar said:

Holy crap! Glad it didn’t do much more damage.

October 1, 2018 9:57 PM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

Yeah we were pretty lucky it seems!

October 2, 2018 7:03 AM

   

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