Later that night, when all of the lights were off, the modem suddenly went off. Now, I was really confused. I couldn't imagine how the modem could trip the circuit on its own. I decided to move the modem to my nephew's room so that we would have internet access at least. This involved going outside and fishing the phone cord through the window while in my slippers. As I am setting the modem up, my nephew mentions that the outlets on one side of his room are not working and the water heater went off. Slowly, it dawned on me that the electric oil filled radiator in his room had been plugged in and on since he got home from school which explained the earlier power outages while I was trying to cook, AND, he had just turned the water heater on which explained the power going out when "only" the modem was plugged in. It turns out that half of the lights and outlets in the kitchen/living room, his bedroom, and the back bedroom (storage room) are all connected to one tiny 15 amp circuit. So, the kitchen appliances, the heater in his room, and the water heater are all fighting for the same power. Luckily, the previous owner installed a separate outlet in his room so the heater now has it's own circuit. The kitchen appliances and the water heater in the storage room typically are not on at the same time. Things are ok for now but soon I hope to install some additional outlets on their own circuits.
These experiences are certainly helping me understand the basics of home electric. When I wire my barn-shed I will be sure to add enough circuits so that none get overloaded.
In other news, the engineers came out and tested my tie-down anchors and THEY PASSED! I was so nervous because the test was so expensive and I didn't want to have to have it done twice. The anchors that my nephew and I hand dug moved a little bit under the strain but then they held at 400 lbs for two minutes.
|The mysterious pull test machine.