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October 11th, 2003
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Fun with major appliances
Made dinner last night in honor of my dad's birthday and him being in town for a few days. I got home early and made the cake, then rested a little bit. Then I got the carrots and parsnips bubbling away on the stove while I made the bread dough. By that time, my dad and sister were over. I was just about to turn the oven on for the bread (it's supposed to sit for 10 minutes before going into the oven), when the burner with the vegetables on it (bubbling over a bit, but that's not unusual) decided to to throw a huge spark onto the kitchen floor. I turned the burner off, and my dad and I went to the basement. We flipped the circuit for the stove back on. Came upstairs, tried one of the other burners. It worked. So we tried the offending burner again. Huge spark onto the kitchen floor. So, turned that off. I stayed upstairs, and my dad went downstairs to flip the circuit again. Now, everything was turned off. When he flipped it, another huge spark shot out of the burner and onto the kitchen floor. And there was also a spark down at the circuit box. Yowza! So, we ended up moving dinner over to my sister's place. Brought the carrots and parsnips and the cake over, brought the bread to bake there, and I assembled soup ingredients and made the soup (chicken lemongrass soup, with tofu substituted for the chicken) over there. It turned out to be okay, but now I have a stove I can't use.

My best guess is to call an electrician. Does anyone have any other ideas of who to call or anything I should do/check before calling an electrician?

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From:treacle_well
Date:October 11th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
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Ugh. I have no practical suggestions, but just wanted to say that, ya, electrical and big appliance problems suck. Hugs.
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From:beowabbit
Date:October 11th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you might need an appliance repair person rather than an electrician per se. If the problem were in your wiring, it wouldn't make a difference which burner you used. (But maybe I’m misunderstanding what you wrote.)

There’s an appliance repair place near Main St. and Rte 60 (I think it might be on the short street a block south of Rte 60 that ends up merging with it), but unfortunately I can’t remember the name of it, or the name of the street. So I’m not much use, am I? :-)

Good luck! Sorry to hear about your exciting adventures, but I’m glad they didn't burn the house down!
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