Posted: Sep 18, 2007 10:51 pm
No, no. The AC plug is the kind that my kid called "old school". It's got some little extra plug lines in it. It's not just the regular three pronger, but it is a three pronger. The AC wasn't what started the fire. They plugged the AC cord into a 3 to 2, and then plugged the 2 into this reostat kind of thing (why they just didn't plug it into the outlet I don't know) that was plugged into the outlet and has two or three outlets on it, and turns on and off with a punch type knob. I don't think it's a real reostat...just had an on/off "knob". Alex's stained glass soldering tool was also plugged in that thing, and it does not have an on/off switch...like a glue gun you just plug it in and it's on.
This whole contraption was on top of a box of stained glass and glass oil. The soldering tool is what caught the box on fire. I should have checked the whole plug in process, but I was so happy to get an AC up there finally, and I was in the middle of cooking dinner. It burned down a side of the box, melted and burned the plastic container that the oil was in, and was starting to shoot little flames. The upstairs is the only room in my house that is carpeted. I swear, three more minutes and we woulda been in deep shit.
And, TK, those plugs should be grounded. The room was put in less than ten years ago, with all new wiring up there.