I think people are just oblivious, can't be bothered, or don't give a rat's arse!
And I'm afraid common sense is going extinct!
My Dad was an electrician & comes from a long line of guys who could fix anything! So I took an interest in stuff like that. I know how to wire a
light fixture or outlet. I've moved a telephone landline. Hubby & I repaired our washer & dryer. I like knowing how to do things!
When hubby & I bought our house, it had a breaker box & a fuse box. No problems until microwaves came out. Then we would blow fuses every time the
kids were getting ready for school & used the microwave at the same time that one of them was using the blow dryer!
So I took a day & figured out which rooms & outlets were on the same fuses. I was told that back when our house was built, it was a couple of years
before the electric lines came out this far.
It was built with gas lights! So things were added here & there as needed & not where you would expect them to be! It took awhile to figure out & I
labeled everything in the boxes!
One year we had our class reunion at a big outdoor pavilion. It had stormed earlier in the day & there was no power in the outlets. Some of the women
brought big roasters of food, plugged them in & said, There's no power!'
The guys just stood around looking at each other.
They said, who was in charge of renting this place? Call & tell them there is no power! (This was before cell phones!) I waited a little bit longer
thinking, 'Is this the class I graduated with???' We were somewhere in our 40's then.
Old enough to know at least a few basics! Did everybody here rent? I doubt it!
Finally I said, 'Did anybody check the breaker box?' I knew that they hadn't. I was still hoping somebody would step up! I heard a couple of people
say, 'What's that? Where is it at?'
I said, 'Follow the wiring back from the outlet!'
It was an open pavilion & the wiring was in metal conduit. You could have probably found the fuse box just by looking up in the rafters! It was a
gloomy day, but not that dark! I was still hoping somebody would step up! I can't be the only one that knows anything? Can I? I'm a girl! Where are
all the guys who took shop class? Everyone was still standing around saying what are we going to do?!
Finally I stood up & walked over to the outlets & followed the conduit. I had to climb up on top of a picnic table to reach the box & everybody else
was still standing around! I reset the breakers & climbed back down & said try plugging them in now!
They did & all the little indicator lights on the roasters came on! Some of them cheered & said, 'WOQ' saved the reunion! I just went & sat back down
& felt really embarrassed for my class!
I had a roommate once, who was going to throw water on our electric stove, when there was a short that started a fire. I saw her & screamed, stop,
just in time! But that's a whole 'nother story!
I think there should be a 'Life's Basics' class in high schools! It should teach how to balance a check book, how interest works, how to check the
fluids in your car, change a tire, reset a breaker box, replace a faucet washer, fix toilet floats, replace a light fixture, turn off the gas main,
whatever! All the basic necessities!
Apparently, things that parents used to teach their kids, or the kids learned by helping or watching, isn't happening anymore!
My Dad could fix radios, TVs, washers, dryers, anything electric. He rigged the closets so that the lights came on when you opened the door!
Now, things are so complicated & expensive to fix, that it's usually cheaper to just junk it & buy a new one! And things don't last as long as they
used to! But the landfills have plenty of business!