Well, at least this is a pretty funny story.
As you may have noticed like Dadd did in the guest room, we pulled all the faceplates off to paint (duh). They were yucky pretty much every where. MK found the super sweet screwless kind but for sure thought the plugs had to match. So we had some electrical work to do.
This means that I read the Home Depot book and was then an expert. I knew we needed to test breakers. Things were going fine as we ran from room to room seeing what lights went off and checking the toaster and other random plugs and appliances. We were, in fact, almost done. MK said something I couldn’t hear about being glad something didn’t mess up anything when we were something something. Then I heard some swears. He had popped the breaker to the heater. He popped it back on, and nothing. Then I heard MK again. More expletives. No heat.
We opened the heater, which is powered by gas, and shut off the gas immediately. I started dry heaving and noticing how cool the air was getting. MK had more expletives. We started reading the Home Depot book. There is no page called “your friends have their parents in town and you will be sleeping at a hotel if you do not figure out how to get the heater back on it’s 12 degrees out”. MK was not very nice to me. (He doesn’t read this, so I can tell you point blank: If something happens to him in this house, it’s like I WILLED it. I keep getting the anger. Boo.)
I read what the heater said. “Turn the heat low, reset the electricity, reset the gas, crank the heat. Auto lights. Or you’re going to the hotel”. We did those things, since it was late Late Sunday, there’s no guy we can call. It didn’t work. I’m not sure how much time had passed, but it was starting to feel like hours. MK decided to hit the main breaker, change the wiring to a different breaker, and try again. Yikes. That was DEFINITELY not in the book.
HEAT! Glorious crazy heater that keeps me alive! I was totally impressed by MK’s call to action – I don’t think I knew you could BREAK a breaker…but whatever, it worked, and we were warm again! (The temperature on the thermostat didn’t even drop a degree, but I could feel a chill coming IN MY BONES).
Here’s a picture that is so boring, you can’t see anything. It’s a NON working heater:
And for those of you that have never had an insane gas powered heater, here’s a picture of the JETS that look like they could go airborne when they are working (it’s blurry but it’s four giant OPEN FLAMES ARGH – seeing how my house works makes it a little harder to sleep):
The kick to this is that it was LATE. And exhausting. And MK was not done. We were done testing breakers, sure. But it was TIME TO PUT ON THE NEW OUTLETS.