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Bang! - I knock out 1/3 of power in office wing!

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by eveares, 10 Aug 2019.

  1. eveares

    eveares

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    About a month ago, I was in one of the office wings of the building that I work at.

    Went out the fire exit to enter the internal fire-escape stairwell of the wing that I was in to grab some network cables that were in a box that I needed (box of cables was in stairwell).

    On coming back into the wing with the network cables, I walked over a single silver metal floor socket where there was a distinct pop/bang sound what knocked out power to 1/3 of the wing and thus took out a bunch of peoples PC's. Only noticed the floor socket once I looked down after hearing the pop/bang sound.

    No circuit breakers had tripped but instead It turned out that one of the main incomer fuses on one of the phases feeding the wing had blown!

    Really not my fault in my opinion as walking over a unused silver metal floor socket should not cause what happened, but none the less was a unlucky event. Electrics and floor sockets are from the early 2000's.

    Regards: Elliott.
     
  2. wwwebber

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    How is this a DIY disaster ?
     
  3. geraldthehamster

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    He did it himself..
     
  4. eveares

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    Exactly, in reality I think I must have disturbed a poor electrical joint in the floor when I walked over the socket.
     
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