But I'm getting ahead of myself, so let's start at the beginning shall we?
I got a call yesterday that an Astro guy was coming by at 1:30pm to complete our termite bonding for the year. This means they just poke around outside your house and then shine a flashlight inside your house and make sure that you don't have termites. And then I hand them a check and if on the off chance I should one day have a termite problem, they would pay to fix it. Probably not going to happen but this worry wart thinks it's worth the peace of mind.
So I'm sitting at home, eating lunch and waiting on the Astro man, and "ding dong" goes the doorbell. (this will become important in a minute) So I go and talk to the Astro man who tells me he's going to start outside. I say no problem, and head back inside to finish eating. And then I hear it. A buzzing sound. Anyone that knows me knows that I am easily annoyed by repetitive sounds like buzzing, ringing, etc. I mute the tv for a minute and realize the sound is coming from the doorbell box on the living room wall. The cover had fallen off a couple of weeks ago, so I assume that we had not put the cover back on well enough and the vibration of the bell was causing the metal cover to buzz. So I grab the step stool and push the cover...still buzzing. I tap it a couple of times to see if that helps...still buzzing. So I decide to just pull the cover off, and boy am I glad I did! Within a few seconds this horrible smell like burning tar hits me and I see a stream of smoke coming off where the wires are connected. And then I realize, holy crap this thing is about to catch on fire!!!! I also quickly realize that I am not tall enough to do anything about the wires and run outside to ask the Astro guy to come inside and help me. I run to the breaker box in our bedroom and (of course!) the breakers are mislabeled. After a couple of tries I find the correct breaker and the Astro guy unscrews the wires that are smoking. He apologizes to me over and over and vowes that he will never again touch a doorbell and I keep trying to tell him it's not his fault!
The offending unit
The offending doorbell button