Friday, April 25, 2014

MadSnapper and the Master Electrician

Dead leaf on White Bird of Paradise in our backyard

Our hall/foyer has two switch plates, the light can be turned off/on at the front door or down the hall by the bedroom door.

Last week I flipped the switch and ZZZTZT zzzzztttt and the bulb blew.. Bob comes and flips the light on and it works FINE... later I flip it on and zzzztzzz ztttt light flickers and flutters and sizzling noise.


As soon as the retired master AUTO MECHANIC comes home I point out the problem.

He says... "it's the switch by the front door, not the bulb. Just use the switch by the bedroom..."

Me being Who I AM.... said "I am not sleeping with a fire hazard."

 I placed layers of duck tape over the entire switch plate, which has 3 switches, front porch, lamp in living room and the hall.....

while visions of house burning down around our heads....etc etc etc

I whined and fretted and fussed   until we went to Home Depot and bought the switch. On the way home I said "are you sure you can do this? Electricity is dangerous. You are NOT an electrician."


I can do it he says in a LOUD voice.........

I come in the house, the TV is on, the computer is on, he goes outside and flips the switch causing the TV to go down and have to REBOOT and the Computer to go down and have to reboot.

I will not repeat what I said... something about him being an auto mechanic not an electrician yada yada blah blah blah. I say "come outside and show me how to shut down the whole house just in case you start to dance and scream"

Ignoring me He gets the screw driver and pulls out the switch while I stand way back watching. He is CUTTING THE WIRES...

I say "should you do that?"

He says "Get the flashlight, I can't see..."

I get the flash light and when I turn it on... he jumps and waves his arm and yells OUCH...
 I jumped and nearly dropped the light before my brain kicked in that the electric was OFF...

YES, he did put the new switch on and it does work... and we do have smoke alarms... JUST IN CASE...


32 comments:

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad to know that you both served and that the switch is working safely. Sometimes, men do not want to admit they do not know how to fix everything unlike women who often know better and when to call a technician.

Naquillity said...

so glad your hubby was able to help put the switch back together and is working well. great story... have a great day~

Molly The Wally said...

Oh my men for you. I got electrocuted when I was a kid and I won't go near anything electrical. I can hardly force myself to change a light bulb. Hope that has fixed it. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh men I think they are all born stubborn. You ever notice way back when one had to depend on the map. Then as you look on the map. Who has to watch for the signs. Your right us Women. Hubby yells. Are you watching next sign coming up. Does it say Ontario Street?

Then you and I would say. Pull over next exit. I will ask this man where Ontario street is at the gas station. As we see two Ontario streets on map.We need only one and the right one. Now that street was what we really needed.

Then he looks at us. Oh don't be silly. I am not turning off. Two hours later. We did not find it. So we had to phone young son. Dad and I cannot find blah, blah. You have to go back a mile Mom.

It is either hubbies don't want to look duh or they are the stubborn man we married.

Glad all is good at your house.
Even though your were in geebies fright at first.

Happy Friday better days ahead my friend. Oh your flower looks so sad. My lily looked the same this morning and my other lily is fine.
White Lily.

Up right and smiling good morning.

All eight open flowers.

George said...

Life is never dull around your house, is it? I'm glad the new switch and the master electrician did the job.

DeniseinVA said...

I had to smile at this post, I agree with Beatrice's comment ;)

TexWisGirl said...

i have a fear of electricity and don't mess with it, myself. :)

Blackberry Lane said...

You two sound like us. I've told my brother if he should find me and John dead, that John was making me do something that I said I shouldn't (like holding a ladder for him to climb!!!)

LC said...

The other day I was having a panicky moment when the light in our family room dimmed, brightened and dimmed even more. On the third or fourth time, I was sure flames would appear next and I started the struggle I go through to get up off our sofa and get to the light switch, a dimmer switch, to turn it off.

Ha! Very funny. Hubby was there, his hand still on the switch and grinning.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is hysterical. Sounds like Mark and I! Glad he got it fixed and all is well.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This sounds like the making of a good video. You should have captured this. LOL

Ginny said...

Last picture absolute best!!!! What a story, and I am so glad you are both alive and you have lived to tell the tale! Phil is not an electrician either, but now our end table lamp switch is on the fritz...

Ida said...

Well I am happy your persevered in getting that switch fixed. Why is it that men think they are such natural born comedians. That was a mean trick to make you think he got a shock. But good that he was able to repair the problem. I am now following your blog.

Montanagirl said...

You are just tooooo hilarious! You sound like me. I'm quite frightened of electricity.

Rebecca said...

Hmmmmm, I guess he didn't turn the breaker off? Glad he is OK.

Ann said...

Sometimes I think it's a miracle that my house hasn't burned down or blown up with all the home repairs my ex did. It was always a scary experience watching him

Miss Debbie said...

Glad you got it fixed! Your story made me laugh...sounds all too familiar! :-)

A Quiet Corner said...

THEY KNOW how to do everything, even when they don't!!!...:)JP

Betsy Adams said...

HA HA ---love reading the interesting discussions between you two... I don't do that when George is doing (or trying to do) something... He tries hard ---so I'm not about to complain. A few times, I have complained about certain things (like his slow driving) ---but he immediately stops the car or stops what he is doing, and hands it over to me... Since I don't want to do it (whatever it is), then I just help out when I can and keep my big mouth shut... Works for us!!!!! ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Michaele said...

I can just see it all. I applaud Bob for making a joke in a supposedly serious moment. I wish I was as brave as most men, but never will be.

Linda said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!!
Louis Dean is a certifed shade tree electrician - our electrical engineer son in law declared him so!! Electricity still scrares me but he loves nothing better than to add a plug somewhere! I am writing this at my laptop in the gazebo where he just installed an electrical outlet right here beside my chair! Electricity makes his eyes sparkle and shine!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Hahaha, I have had that same scene in my house. Hubs here is also the mechanic turned electrician. So far our house hasn't burned down either.

I like the dried leaves, they are very pretty.

Eva Ason said...

You two are so funny. Glad he got the switch fixed, he seems to know what he's doing ;)
Have a great weekend

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Tes photos sont magnifiques et ton texte, fort poétique. Merci pour ce superbe envoi.
Amitiés.
Roger

Snapper II said...

What is that old saying
"All's well that ends well"
LOL

diane b said...

You sound just like me and Bob sounds just like Bill. Love the light on the dead leaf

Maggie M said...

Great pictures! I could see the whole thing unfolding as you told about the switch replacement. I do all the switch replacing around here, never had to cut any wires though. If I had to cut wires then I would have to call Bob or someone else. lol This was a great and funny post sweet Sandra. Glad the switch is repaired. Hugs

Amy Burzese said...

Men . . .

Madi and Mom said...

MOL MOL My grandpa was an electrical contractor...mom is laughing her head off at you two.
Hugs madi and mom

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Whew, I was imagining a trip to the ER after that! Glad everything turned out ok.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm afraid of electricity even tho my hubby has worked around it for nearly 40 years. I tell him I haven't, so to be quiet when I worry about him changing out a switch! He handles high voltage hot wires at work with those rubberized gloves on, but there are still accidents that happen to linemen and so I just try not to think about it and imagine him just driving the truck down the main road every day searching for an overload as the song goes. Haha! Glad you two got the switch replaced without mishap!

EG CameraGirl said...

Once (many years ago) my husband was working on our box of circuit breakers and the whole street lost electricity. He thought he'd done something truly awful...but actually a car out on the highway had hit a utility pole with a transponder on it. Just a coincidence. :))