Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So Here's The Scoop...!
Ever had this happen to you?
You leave a room, turning off the lights as you go. A few minutes later, you go back in and the lights have turned themselves on again! Not only that, but the television does some strange things also!
The AC unit stopped cooling, but the fans still worked. I went out and checked the meter...but no reading at all. Keep in mind this is a state of the art digital meter. No reading at all means only one thing to me and that is electrical trouble! No power, no reading!
A call to the city power folks at Center Point Energy and they sent a very grouchy ill tempered repairman, who immediately pulled the meter, set it on the ground, and proclaimed the problem was ours! Then...he left!
A family friend helped me change out the meter socket after we relocated it. What had happened is that the house has settled so much, the electrical wires from the transformer had pulled right out of the terminal in the socket!
Since this is a permit area, we didn't cut or replace the wiring, but by relocating the new socket, we were able to use the same wiring!
Another call to the power company and they said "no problem...we'll send a repairman right out! He should be there in between 2 and 4 hours!" At midnight, still no repairman!
I had ran an heavy duty extension cord across the driveway to the neighbor's house (with his permission) so that I could at least put a couple of fans in Mom's house. The next morning, another call was made to the power company to come out and replace the meter. A rep said "no problem...we'll have someone right out. They should be there in 2 to 4 hours!" My Mom demanded to speak to the boss, and got the same story without an explanation as to why they had not shown up the night before! However, this time they added a slight twist! "If we find that there has been any rewiring done, then he won't hook it up!"
Guess who finally showed up! Mr. personality himself! Same attitude! He came out, looked at the repair work and said "This is a sorry ass repair job! I'm going to hook it up because the old lady needs it, but this is a sorry repair job!"
His opinion really was important to me! My feelings were hurt and I nearly cried that he didn't like our repairs! ( you believe that, right?) Finally, the sorry excuse for an example of sunshine men had it hooked up and left! AC was working again, freezer was working, fridge was working...time for a well deserved nap, ya know?
That about brings us up to date! Sorry for not having a post until late yesterday, but my PC doesn't work well without power! Ya know?
Now we can get some fresh coffee and sit outside. Or we can stay inside and enjoy the AC! It's up to you!