My house just LITERALLY almost blew up.

CoMpX

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So, I'm *working* away on my Mac, and I hear this distinctive dripping noise behind me. I instinctively examined the electrical panel which happens to be in my room. To my horror, this was the source of the dripping sound. Water was dripping from the bottom of the panel.

I run upstairs to my father, the electrician, and I say, "Dad, we have a big problem." He comes downstairs, and sees the problem. He seemed quite alarmed, no doubt. It turns out that the builders "inadvertenetly" tore the service cable off the side of the house and ripped it, so water from the storm was just streaming in.

My dad told us that he was cutting the power, and with a loud "chkk", the house went black. Pitch black, and I panicked for a moment because the flashlight my dad had quickly ran out of batteries, and he couldn't see what he was doing in the live panel. My mom got the candles and what not. My dad got a new flashlight and proceeded to dry all the circuit breakers, bus, and the two live phase cables. (They cannot be turned off.)

Then, me and him went outside and he used duct seal and duct tape to patch up the tear and reattach the live service cable to the siding.
He then proceeded to slice a slit in the very bottom of the cable to drain all the water out. (There was a lot.)

When he got back in the house he suited up for a huge explosion in case the phase cables arced and caused a huge explosion. He told everyone to get out of the room and close the door. This was pretty scary, and we were all prepared for the worst.

That's pretty much the end of it. He reinstalled all of the breakers, threw the main switch on, and the house clicked, hummed, and whirred back to life. Right now I'm on my iBook, waiting until the panel completely dries to plug my mini back in. It's a very happy ending to a potentially deadly story.
 

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clayj said:
Wow. Glad to hear nothing bad happened.

I think it's time for your dad to have a talk with the builders about their mistake.
Oh, you don't know the half of their mistakes. We are unfortunately in the middle of a lawsuit with them because they are not finishing their contract as promised.
 

Rickay726

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CoMpX said:
So, I'm *working* away on my Mac, and I hear this distinctive dripping noise behind me. I instinctively examined the electrical panel which happens to be in my room. To my horror, this was the source of the dripping sound. Water was dripping from the bottom of the panel.

I run upstairs to my father, the electrician, and I say, "Dad, we have a big problem." He comes downstairs, and sees the problem. He seemed quite alarmed, no doubt. It turns out that the builders "inadvertenetly" tore the service cable off the side of the house and ripped it, so water from the storm was just streaming in.

My dad told us that he was cutting the power, and with a loud "chkk", the house went black. Pitch black, and I panicked for a moment because the flashlight my dad had quickly ran out of batteries, and he couldn't see what he was doing in the live panel. My mom got the candles and what not. My dad got a new flashlight and proceeded to dry all the circuit breakers, bus, and the two live phase cables. (They cannot be turned off.)

Then, me and him went outside and he used duct seal and duct tape to patch up the tear and reattach the live service cable to the siding.
He then proceeded to slice a slit in the very bottom of the cable to drain all the water out. (There was a lot.)

When he got back in the house he suited up for a huge explosion in case the phase cables arced and caused a huge explosion. He told everyone to get out of the room and close the door. This was pretty scary, and we were all prepared for the worst.

That's pretty much the end of it. He reinstalled all of the breakers, threw the main switch on, and the house clicked, hummed, and whirred back to life. Right now I'm on my iBook, waiting until the panel completely dries to plug my mini back in. It's a very happy ending to a potentially deadly story.

haha i see your from new jersey, me to , there fore i no how bad the rain has been today what part of jersey are you from anyway?!
 

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Rickay726 said:
haha i see your from new jersey, me to , there fore i no how bad the rain has been today what part of jersey are you from anyway?!
I live in Bergen County. You?
 

xsedrinam

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I'm a tellin' ya, that there duct tape is somethin' else, ain't it?! :D





Glad you weren't deep fried.
 

CoMpX

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Felldownthewell said:
Lucky your dad is an electrician in the house! Wow, that would be scary.
That's what my mom said too. We wouldn't know what to do or who to call in an event like that.

Kingsly said:
Glad everything turned out okay, CoMpX![/QUOTE}

I appreciate your concern Kingsly. :)
 

pknz

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Im gonna assume you took the Mac with you just incase the house did blow up?

Glad to know you and your family is fine.
 

CoMpX

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pknz said:
Im gonna assume you took the Mac with you just incase the house did blow up?

Glad to know you and your family is fine.
I didn't think to do that. I was more worried about the circuit panel blowing up in my dad's face than anything else, really.
 

CoMpX

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xsedrinam said:
I'm a tellin' ya, that there duct tape is somethin' else, ain't it?! :D
As I was typing this thread, I just knew someone was going to mention the usefulness of duct tape or something to that effect. :D
 

xsedrinam

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CoMpX said:
As I was typing this thread, I just knew someone was going to mention the usefulness of duct tape or something to that effect. :D
I tried so hard to resist, but..... :D
I really am glad your family and house are now safe, though.
 

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CoMpX said:
As I was typing this thread, I just knew someone was going to mention the usefulness of duct tape or something to that effect. :D
Ironically, the only thing duct tape isn't good for are ducts.

Sorry, I just had to throw that in. :D
 

CoMpX

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xsedrinam said:
I tried so hard to resist, but..... :D
I really am glad your family and house are now safe, though.
Thanks, xsedrinam.

EricNau said:
Ironically, the only thing duct tape isn't good for are ducts.
Now that I think about it, that's true. I wonder how it got its name.
 

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CoMpX said:
Now that I think about it, that's true. I wonder how it got its name.
Well, it was originally called "duck tape" when it was developed during World War II for use in waterproofing ammo cases. After the war, it was used in the housing boom on heating ducts, and thus the name change. Only later was it determined to be ineffective and consequently deemed non-compliant with many building codes.
 

xsedrinam

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CoMpX said:
Now that I think about it, that's true. I wonder how it got its name.
I've read somewhere it was originally developed during World War II with the name "Duck Tape" as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition cases.

MR DUCKS
MR KNOT
CM WANGS?
LIB!
MR DUCKS

Cowboy beat me to it, I see.
 

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CoMpX said:
Now that I think about it, that's true. I wonder how it got its name.
Actually, it used to be used for heating and ventilation ducts, but since it has been deemed ineffective for that use.

Edit: OK, I guess I'm slow.
 

Spaceman Spiff

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EricNau said:
Ironically, the only thing duct tape isn't good for are ducts.

Sorry, I just had to throw that in. :D
Don't know what you're talking about. The duct tape works fine holding our ducts together. Bloody pain to get off sometimes too.
 

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CoMpX, this is a long shot... but are you Joe on MySpace? Someone just posted a very similar bulletin as this thread. If not, that's freaky. :eek:
 

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Xcat said:
Don't know what you're talking about. The duct tape works fine holding our ducts together. Bloody pain to get off sometimes too.
The adhesive fails over time when exposed to heat. Among common duct-sealing tapes, duct tape performs the worst at preventing air leakage in just about every single test.
 

CoMpX

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p0intblank said:
CoMpX, this is a long shot... but are you Joe on MySpace? Someone just posted a very similar bulletin as this thread. If not, that's freaky. :eek:
I am. And who do you happen to be on Myspace? :)