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A real house warming.

After viewing dozens of homes, my son and his fiancee found just the right house. A day after the closing, my wife and I decided to surprise them with a housewarming gift--we'd install light strips on the underside of the upper kitchen cabinets. I planned to pull a cable for the dimmer switch up through the wall from the basement. When I started drilling, I heard a loud "pop," the kitchen lights flickered and then went dark, and then I heard the dreaded "sizzling" sound. I ran to the basement and turned off the circuit breaker.

But the sizzling continued and sparks were spurting out of the cable that connected to the electric meter. I had drilled through the cable. We managed to put out the ensuing fire before the fire department arrived with two pumpers and a ladder truck. Our housewarming gift turned out to be a real--and expensive--house warming!

--John Markey, aka Sparky Markey

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Title Annotation:GREAT GOOFS
Author:Markey, John
Publication:The Family Handyman
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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