The other side of ‘blackouts’

This news item regarding Bilawal house got me into thinking about how many electric and electronic items have been rendered useless due to the never ending ‘black outs’ plaguing the city. In our office, we’ve had to had repaired both our ACs and one computer, while we also had a short circuit in one of the wires, which thankfully did not lead to the office being burned down.

The same could be said for my home, where one of the newer AC’s malfunctioned due to excessive load-shedding. What are the items you’ve had to have repaired thanks to our ever-generous KESC?

9 Comments so far

  1. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    KESC should be taken to court for this. Our generator’s wiring got tripped due to low voltages causing a sizeable blast.


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    kashif: man that sucks!! hope no one was hurt..


  3. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Alhamdulilah no one was hurt.


  4. Sheysrebellion (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    I don’t see the load shedding problem being fixed in the near future. I think instead of complaining we should try to find a constructive solution to the problem.

    How about a post that highlights ways to handle load shedding, generators, UPS, solar energy. It would be a very intresting post.


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    kashif: thankgod!

    Sheysrebellion: thats a good idea..


  6. Adil (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    Our wall fan caught fire due to power surge, capacitor was burned, ceiling and wall got black, carpet and floor have burn marks. Room was full of smoke. Luckily no injuries. Can’t we sue KESC?


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

    adil: Good god man!! that must’ve been scary!

    i was at my nani’s the other day, and there were some stories there i’d like to share as well. To date, they’ve lost one freezer (caught fire in the middle of the night like in adils story, even though it had its own dedicated stabilizer… tht caught fire as well) and two computer monitors, the most recent being yesterday!

    I’ve lost one laptop due to electric surge, and two mobiles (+chargers) due to voltage fluctuations :(


  8. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    K.E.S.C !!
    they do control our lives at some bizarre level..
    its just crazy how they can switch off and on our electricity at any time they want to..
    in the earlier days there was a fixed time for loadshedding but now its just any hour of the day
    i have some guests over from out of town, im out of the house most of my day but the poor souls are miserable.. there were days when there wasnt any electricity throughout the day..

    Generator or UPS is surely one easy way out
    a regular 5 KVA generator can easily manage a house hold.. ofcourse no A/cs at all..
    i think the approximate cost should/would be around 20K – 25K.. (God bless china)

    UPS aint that expensive either, if you are okay with a locally made UPS i just got one done for a friend and it costed him 15K to setup the whole thing, it works for 4 hours and he has television, fans and lights on that..
    yea he did change all the bulbs to energy saver but it sure is uninterrupted power supply and sure is worth it


  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    i forgot to mention
    my office is at West Wharf road and load shedding is just rediculous here but so far i have managed to survive without loss of any electrical equipment…
    Cheers !!



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