One Man's Alaska

Power has been out all day

March 9, 2011

Yikes, half of my apartment electrical power has been out all day, including power to my computer systems. I was baking some tollhouse cookies in the over this morning, and next thing I knew, all the lights were out.

Fortunately I have a UPS system connected to my computer, and it kept it from any damage. The electrician showed me what happened about twenty minutes ago: A breaker switch outside exploded. He said the lights flickering right before the outage had to do with some arc-ing in the breaker before the explosion.

Oh, and another good tip from the electrician: If one light in the house is flickering, it's probably that light; if multiple lights are flickering, something bad is about to happen, and you should call an electrician.

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