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April 2, 2012 7:09 PM Subscribe
Could a gecko really trip the breakers in an electrical mains box?
posted by gomichild to home & garden (12 answers total)
We recently have been having problems with the breakers flipping while we aren't here (in an office with possibly dodgy wiring). The box with the breakers is inside. The electrician who called in to see us claims that the breakers switching is due to small Australian lizards running across them.
The breakers haven't flipped while we are here with 5 computers, 3 aircons, a fridge and occasionally a coffee machine and toaster going though. Only when no one is here and these mischievous creatures are running wild. To be fair we are in tropical Cairns Australia, and there are indeed many geckos. None of us have observed this gecko electrical sabotage before however.
The business owner dealing with the electrician is a woman and we wonder how much was actual fact and how much colourful Australian blokey bullshit.
His basic claim was - the wiring is ok, but all the electrical leakage from our (turned off) devices plus gecko activities was tripping the breakers. Is this yahoo true blue or trying to pull the wool over our eyes?