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Tue Jul 5th, 2016


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07:16 pm - There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side
My kitchen overhead fan/ light will not light. It lit Thursday night. It did not light Friday morning. The fan that runs from the wall switch beside it worked. So I took the globe off and removed the bulb and tried it in another lamp. It worked. So I went and looked at the fuse box, but the fuse for 'kitchen- west wall' looked fine. And anyway, the fan works...

So I reviewed contacts: electrician or handyman? If the fan had somehow jiggled a wire loose, which should I use? There's a dual switch for the light and I can't tell, when the light's not lighting, whether the current's on or off. An electrician would pull the fuse before looking at it, and surely a handyman would know to do so, but one hears stories where this has clearly not happened. Also electricians cost and do not like small jobs. And so, and so.

Thus kuyoing I went by Weiner's Home Hardware to get plastic scrub pads. WHH is staffed by a bunch of oyaji who've been there thirty years and more, some of whom may even be older than me: Weiner III, Santa Claus, Chinese Marty, and the black gay oyaji. The last of whom was there today and at leisure. I posed my problem to him. Hmm, he opined. 'You tested the light bulb? You tried the other switch? Overhead fan, does it have a switch on the fan itself someone might have pulled?' No one in the house but me, I say, and I didn't pull any of the fan switches recently- two weeks back to change the fan direction, that's all. 'Electrician,' he said, and I went to work calculating costs. Came home, and just to be sure, pulled the fan switches. One changes direction, one changes speed, and one-- turned on the light.

I am pleased, yes, but puzzled. Either I have gremlins or someone came into the house and turned the light on from the hanging switch, not knowing the wall switch would do it. Possibly I should go back to locking my front door.
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From:incandescens
Date:July 6th, 2016 12:17 am (UTC)
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It sounds as if it's gremlin season. My fridge/freezer, your fan/light...
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From:flemmings
Date:July 6th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
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If only you had a switch to pull that would restart your fridge/ freezer.
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From:incandescens
Date:July 6th, 2016 12:33 am (UTC)
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I've ended up buying a new one. With a five-year warranty.
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From:flemmings
Date:July 6th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
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And prompt delivery, may we hope?
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From:incandescens
Date:July 7th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
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Due on Friday. They could have done Thursday, but Friday was easier to arrange for time off work to be in for the delivery.
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From:i_am_zan
Date:July 6th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
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I'd have said gremlins ... but I do live with teens (plus a MAN) to boot, who forget they've forgotten to do things and of course I ask and of course ... no one ever owns up ... so Gremlins it is!

Although there are some things that just defy rhyme or reason.

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From:flemmings
Date:July 6th, 2016 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Possibly it's I who forgets they've done things, but those light chains are hard to get hold of and *surely* I'd remember... No, gremlins, most definitely gremlins.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 6th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I forget I've done things, all the time. Is why I check things redundantly.

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