The Island electrician just called to ask some questions, and tell me a few things, such as:
- There were live hot wires under the house, just laying on the ground. The same ground that is covered in water every winter.
- There were also dangling wires under the house, that once properly hooked up caused long dead outlets to function, and will allow for an additional wall mounted light (there is a distinct lack of lighting in the house). Funny how hooking up wires makes electricity flow.
- A circuit in the electrical panel was flipped off. When turned on, it made the panel hot! The electrician was flabbergasted. This circuit has been removed from the panel.
- The above also compromised the switch to the outdoor light. We brainstormed a workaround for this, as one really needs an outdoor light next to main entrance to a building.
- There were no GFI outlets in the kitchen or bathroom.
- There are 4, possibly 5 circuits in the kitchen. Normally a kitchen has two circuits.
This list of electrical dysfunction is not entirely my parent’s responsibility, but a fair amount is. The electrician said in 25 years of practice, nothing surprises him any longer, except maybe that more people haven’t been killed, or houses burnt to the ground.