So yesterday night we were sitting around and suddenly the lights in the family room went out, along with the electric fireplace and the internet router.
I checked the breaker box and we hadn't blow a circuit breaker but the lights failed to come back on in the room. All other lights and everything else in the house is ok.
So this morning my friend who is an electrician came by. Sure enough its not something simple like my missing a tripped breaker or anything like that.
It turns out that the idiots who refurbed the house before we had bought it were indeed idiots.
First, they put 30 amps worth of lights and plugs on a 20 amp circuit. Bad enough.
Second, and much worse, they did not remove some Romex Aluminum wire from the house but instead tied into it for this circuit. The Romex Aluminum is some very bad stuff.
So, my friendly electrician suspects the wire has broken apart somewhere under the load. The trouble is, the break is not in any obvious spot and may very well be behind some drywall rather than at a junction box or somewhere an easy fix can be made. That is going to $$$uck.
Adding to the fun, the idiots really were screwing with the wiring when they did the job, and its a major pain to trace it, not to mention a slew of junction boxes in the attic. How this colossal stupidity got past the code inspection is beyond me, 'cause it sure doesn't meet code.
Now I'm buying lots of replacement LED can lights to replace the current 65 watt cans on the circuit to reduce the draw, and I will be installing them post haste. Pricey, but the savings in reduced energy and replacement bulbs means the payoff is about 3 years. I can live with that but really wished I could have avoided such an expense right now.
Luckily, there's been no fire due to this idiocy, just some areas of darkness.