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Old 08-30-2018, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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No idea Harry, I don't think anyone ever looked. I was too busy basking in the praise. When this occurred she was so freaked out she couldn't even remember my name and yelled "Boy, Fire!"."


Too funny! I have tears in my eyes from laughing. Bravo on keeping your cool.
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Old 08-31-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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No idea Harry, I don't think anyone ever looked. I was too busy basking in the praise. When this occurred she was so freaked out she couldn't even remember my name and yelled "Boy, Fire!". I just happened to be out in the front yard because that was the gathering spot for various things we used to do. I just calmly went into the kitchen and grabbed the oven mitts, pulled the plug and took it right out the kitchen door.


I realize it's unlikely event but **** happens, perhaps something got down in the controls. Mice would be common problem where they lived, perhaps one got in there and chewed something up. I found a mouse once inside a light fixture that electrocuted itself.
This was about 15 years ago when I was living in Virginia. One day my printer wasn't working. I opened up the lid and inside was a mouse who had chewed the wiring. I caught the little bugger and released him out in the woods.

I went out and bought a new printer. A month later...same thing happened.

I went out and bought a new printer. A month later...same thing happened.

I went out and bought a new printer...and the guy at the store said, "Didn't you recently buy two other printers?" I told him the story. He said, "Not unusual as fall weather turns cold. Mice find ways inside your house, and we have had quite a few people whose printers are ruined by mice. The mice like the warmth of the printers".

I caught a bevy of mice and never had the problem again.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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This was about 15 years ago when I was living in Virginia. One day my printer wasn't working. I opened up the lid and inside was a mouse who had chewed the wiring. I caught the little bugger and released him out in the woods.

I went out and bought a new printer. A month later...same thing happened.

I went out and bought a new printer. A month later...same thing happened.

I went out and bought a new printer...and the guy at the store said, "Didn't you recently buy two other printers?" I told him the story. He said, "Not unusual as fall weather turns cold. Mice find ways inside your house, and we have had quite a few people whose printers are ruined by mice. The mice like the warmth of the printers".

I caught a bevy of mice and never had the problem again.

Maybe it was the same mouse each time? Perhaps you released it in the woods and it came home again.
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Old 08-31-2018, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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I will give you another interesting source of fires. Muffin fans. Employer spent a couple of years chasing down unexplained fires in a piece of office equipment.

Source was finally located as motor windings in a muffin fan. Apparently the injection molding process for the fan would rarely catch and squeeze the windings and it would later fail and set the muffin fan on fire. And this of course would blow flames out of the device exhaust. One took out a half a floor in a major office building.
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Maybe it was the same mouse each time? Perhaps you released it in the woods and it came home again.
Home is where the printer is.
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