elecric-lighting logistic

Matt:
M > I have just moved into a new house. The fusebox is in the basement and M > I am in the basement. There are three upstairs bedrooms, and the M > builder has informed me that there is exactly one fuse for each bedroom. M > I see three fuses marked "upstairs bedroom", but I don't know which M > fuse goes with which bedroom. M > M > I was upstairs a few minutes ago, and there was in each bedroom an M > electric table lamp turned on and lit up. The basement has no windows, M > and from the basement I can't see any of the bedroom windows or any of M > the light from any of the bedrooms. I have a flashlight. I want M > (without anybody's help) to match the fuses to the bedrooms, leaving the M > basement only once. M > M > Is this possible?
Why does this sound like one of those "if an east-bound train leaves the terminal at 5:42 travelling 72 MPH and a west-bound....."? <g>
How about plugging a vacuum into the one bedroom, a radio into the second, and TV into the third? Undo the fuses, re-connect one at a time. When you hear the vacuum start up you will know this is the fuse for that bedroom, etc.
BTW, I'd be careful: common walls may be on the same circuit (the outlets back-to-back). Also, lighting may be on one circuit and outlets on another.
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Turn all lights on. Go down to your basement and unscrew all three fuses. Wait 15 minutes so that all the light bulbs will be cool. Now screw in fuse #1 and leave it screwed in. Screw in #2 for 30 seconds and then remove. Leave #3 alone off. Now go upstairs. Lights on #1 will be burning. Lights on #2 will be off but hot. Lights on #3 will be cold.
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