Talk about your HOT showers!
I finished my usual luke-warm shower, turned off the water, and looked up. Yikes! A big chunk of plastic had melted, and was hanging by strings of plastic from the shower line (like cheese on a pizza).
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So, we show the pizza cheese to the landlady right away, and she calls an electrician. He comes by to fix it later that same day (whew!). He explains to Rick what he did, and what happened. The heavy plastic item that melted was a fuse - so it sorta did what it was supposed to do (sorta). The shower had a circuit-breaker in line, but the amount of electricity required to trip it was too high - the fuse melted before the the breaker tripped. So, he took it out of the circuit (and just left it there on the shower wall, clipped wires and all), and wired the shower into the house circuit breakers. He checked it out and reconnected the ground. Our shower now has several wires spliced (pretty ugly), but it is safer. And warmer! He also showed us how it had been wired backwards - so the ¨hot¨ setting is really only warm, and the ¨warm¨ setting is really hot.
We tried it - it works; we´re not dead...