Cannot live without it, cannot live with it sometimes.
I was on vacation last week and normally I pull the plugs on many things before I leave for a week. This time, I forgot. And that was really bad timing.
When I came back - I found we had a powerful thunderstorm come through town while I was away. Half of the breakers had tripped and all of the GFP plugs tripped. After resetting everything, I found that three of the plugs were in fact not just tripped but fried, to a nice golden brown color:
So, many plugs in the house were taken out by the storm. Not only that but the surge that must have hit jumped over the surge protectors and took out:
- A printer
- Pair of speakers
- Laptop computer
- Desktop computer
- 3 of 4 ports on my router
So, now I have new printer (got a network printer so I didn't need to replace the computers for sharing it as well), a new set of speakers and my wireless router uplinked to another old router via the one functioning port.
And - some of the non-GFP plugs were fried as well... That takes out those circuits. Waiting for an electrician to come and replace them all (and make sure everything is OK).
At least the air conditioning still works :)