Christmas Tree Light Hell
Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:54 AM
I know you men and women are primarily appliance GURU’S but you might get A laugh out of this anyway. I know the Christmas season is over and what A trying time that can be anyway but this one will make you think. I am an industrial plant electrician with 22 years of experience and I know I haven’t seen it all.
I pull out the dreaded mini-lights for the Christmas tree. I have 4 sets of the really cool ones with their own controller. They have 3 distinctive circuits red, blue, and green. You can tell this because the controller can operate them individually. I plug the first 2 in and everything is great. I plug the 3rd one in and the blue lights are not working. No big deal I’ll get to that one in a minute (I tell myself.) I plug the 4th one in and again the blue lights don’t work (Huh that’s weird I tell myself.) I go back to the 3rd one and start to push on the bulbs to make sure they are seated in their sockets. After about half way down the string they start to work. I figure if that worked on the 3rd one it might work on the 4th one. I follow the same patented procedure with the 4th set. You guessed it, it didn’t work. I tell my family that I want to go to Home Depot tomorrow and buy one of cool mini-light tester-outer-fixers. We let it set plugged in while we put the other three up. During this time my wife keeps telling me that there is a blue light in the green circuit on the one that that isn’t working. I dismiss this as I do SOME of the things she suggests when it comes to electrical troubleshooting. She keeps insisting that it bothers her and she wants to change it. I finally get tired of hearing about it so I tell her to change it. You know what happens now! Yep as soon as she takes the blue light out of the green circuit the blue circuit starts working. The green lights all go out obviously because there is now a bulb missing, right. "What do I do now?" she asks. At this point I could have went into an hour-long lecture on how what I just saw was impossible and didn’t make any sense. I just smiled and said put A green bulb back in that empty socket. She does this and everything is good.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 09:25 AM
While the string set is powered-up, remove any bulb,
insert LightKeeeper Pro Gun into a mini bulb socket and pull the trigger.
It sends a "static spark" "wake-up call" down the string
to "jump start" the "bypass shunt"
that was supposed to "short" when a bulb burns out.
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