||10-15-2012 09:22 AM
I'll apologize in advance if this is too long and wordy, or if it's just something simple and dumb that I am missing.
Out of the blue, no alterations or modifications made anywhere, nothing new installed or plugged, I put something in the microwave and turned it on. After maybe 2 seconds the circuit dies, along with two other circuits that are not connected to it. No breakers tripped, no indications as far as sounds or smells like scorched insulation, etc. My initial thought was "Oh well, the microwave is shot, guess we got our money out of it, blah blah blah" and tbh if that was all it was I could live with that. What has my mind all a'boggled is how and why the other circuits went dead, and after about 5-10 minutes, they came back. There are not any other breakers of any type that I know of other than the standard ones in the box. Confused and trying hard not to teach my 8 yr old any "new" words he won't need until he's much older, I started huntin'. Did a cursory but pretty much thorough check of everything I could get at, wiring, connections in boxes, breakers, grounds, yadda yadda yadda, hoping against hope that something would reveal itself. Nada.
So, being stubborn and too handy for my own good, I opened the microwave looking for some sign of trouble, checked internal fuses, etc., again, doin' the nada dance. Put it back together and pondered a bit. The circuits that had issues are all original wiring in the house, so wth, took the mw and plugged it into a different one, a fresh circuit with a low load that is not connected to anything before the breaker box. Hmmmmm, buzzzz, blatt! Return of the dead circuits, no breakers tripped, just no juice in several places. Again, after waiting it out the power returned. A'ight, I may be hardheaded but I ain't stupid, no more mw for the nonce. But the gods of electricity laughed, when we tossed something in the dryer later, same ****.
So rather than make a novelette out of this, huh? Any ideas anyone? Completely open to suggestions and willing to offer several new curses in exchange.