I have just received about the worst news, pending worst case scenario, that a homeowner can get. I was reading on the Net, when my 'puter suddenly went down; the fridge turned off at the same instant; standing up, I could see out the window that my wife's water feature had stopped pumping water. "Power outage", I said. Nope.
I turned away and saw that the oven clock was still working. Yet the fridge to the right of it, and the micowave oven clock to the left of it, were off.
I went to the circuit box and found no breakers thrown. I heard the drier and washing machine going.
Going about the house I discovered that half of it was "on" and half "off".
I tried turning all the circuit breakers off and on.
Then I called Rocky Mountain Power. The trouble shooting guy was here in ten minutes.
Half an hour later I have discovered:
1. We have a bad line coming under our property to our house.
2. We do not actually "own" the ten feet inside our property line.
3. After Blue Stakes has done their thing tomorrow sometime, an L&R (locate and repair) crew will arrive and dig down to the bad spot in the line that they find.
As my wife's flower garden, concrete garden path and water feature, and sprinkling lines, occupy over 90% of the length of said-power line, I am looking at a total disaster.
Right now, the house has 110 power only. I thought that the clothes drier would not get hot, but I just checked it and it is very warm inside.
If my wife's yard gets torn up, I will be considering selling and buying an RV and traveling each time a problem crops up. Enough of this !