So needless to say hubby and I are trying to paint the kitchen before our summer party. The color is "Summer Pudding". Basically - cranberry. Anyways I went to Lowe's to pick up the paint and figured that I would get a new doorbell and doorbell buttons to go to the front and back door. How difficult can this be? Yeah, well I didn't think so either.
We cut the power to the house as they suggest in the directions. It took all of 15 minutes to change the doorbell and two buttons. Hubby went to turn on the main circuit breaker to the house - nothing. We later find out that the main one should not be turned on and off in the older versions.
It was broken and it was Sunday. Never a good situation to have to call an electrician. After going to the store to get bags of ice to make sure the food in the fridge doesn't go bad we feverishly make phone calls to any 24-hour electrician that we can find. In the meantime my father is trying to get a hold of a friend that it an electrician.
"Mr. Electric" was the first to call back. The story gets worse from here.
"Yup it's broken he said and it will be anywhere between $500 - $1200 to fix." He said but with a smile that you could hear through the phone lines.
As I was hyperventilating the phone rings and my dad says that Kevin will be back in the area in about an hour and a half. I was slightly relieved in that I knew he was good as well as reasonable.
Walker says, "Mommy, I can't turn the T.V. on right?"
I don't think the house has been that quiet since before children. Besides the fact that it was potentially a financial nightmare I was enjoying the quiet.
Kevin shows about a few hours later replaces the breaker switch in about 15 minutes and says, "Okay the part of $25 and for my time and gas how about $60." I could have kissed the ground he walked on.
So forget about knowing people in high places - make friends with an electrician.
Having your electricity go out... alarming
Having it go out on a Sunday... expensive
Having a friend that knows what he is doing and is willing to fix it on a Sunday for a minimal price... priceless