I'm sure she'll never find this post. What are the odds of her finding terraforums anyway? If she ever did she could never find this topic in the archives anyway, So I'm sure I'm safe to tell this story.
Some of you know that I'm an electrician. I've been one since '92. To say the least I've seen a lot of weird and funny things. One of these thing happened last week. I was out of town since Friday (OZZFEST) so this is the first chance I've had to post it.
Here's what happened. I got a call that a woman's window AC unit had stopped working. When I got there I asked what it was doing. She said it's hasn't done anything for about two months. Please remember that she has been without AC pretty much the whole summer and the entire heat wave we've been having. So I turned it on. Nothing happened. Since the woman told me it was the ac that was broken I checked the on/off switch. It was ok. I checked to see if it was plugged in. It was. I looked at the nameplate to see what the voltage and amps were for the unit. It was a 240 volt AC. I unplugged it, and checked the voltage. This will get a little technical So unless you know something about electricity you can just skip to the next paragraph. I stuck the prongs of the tester into the two hot legs of the plug. I got a reading of 73 volts. I should have gotten 220 to 250 volts. So I tested each hot separately. On the first one I got 115 volts, which is what I should have gotten. I tested the second and I got 8 volts. I knew then it was not the ac was not the problem.
I knew that their was a problem with one of the hots wires between the panel box and the plug. The easiest thing to check was the breaker or fuse, so I asked where her panel box was. She took me downstairs to the panel. I lifted the cover and I saw the bright red indicator of a tripped breaker. LOL. I reset it. We walked back upstairs, I plugged the ac in, turned it on. It came right on and I could fell the cool air blowing in my face.
People love getting the bill for me resetting the breaker. On the way out I complimented her on her plants.
Anybody else have any funny work stories? I've got plenty more.