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Circuit breaker or fuse, who to call?

Is your refrigerator running? No, unfortunately it isn't....

I was replacing a light bulb in my tiny studio and seem to have either tripped the circuit breaker or blown a fuse. I only have 3 outlets in my place and all seem to be affected (bathroom and entryway light are ok). My neighbors aren't in yet to ask, so I went downstairs to poke around and couldn't find a circuit breaker, only what's in the following picture:

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Is this something I should call the Hauswart about, or can I fix it myself?
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Old 06.06.2017, 20:27
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Is your refrigerator running? No, unfortunately it isn't....

I was replacing a light bulb in my tiny studio and seem to have either tripped the circuit breaker or blown a fuse. I only have 3 outlets in my place and all seem to be affected (bathroom and entryway light are ok). My neighbors aren't in yet to ask, so I went downstairs to poke around and couldn't find a circuit breaker, only what's in the following picture:

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Is this something I should call the Hauswart about, or can I fix it myself?
Those are fuses.

Don't take this personally. The fact that you ask indicates that you should probably call the Hauswart.
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Re: Circuit breaker or fuse, who to call?

Do you have any spare ceramic cylinders lying around nearby? They will likely be in little cardboard boxes.
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Re: Circuit breaker or fuse, who to call?

Got some help from my neighbor, the fusebox in my apartment was hidden behind a compartment in my closet. Fuse obtained and fixed!
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Re: Circuit breaker or fuse, who to call?

Ghostbusters!
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Oh bum. You beat me to it!
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Those are fuses.

Don't take this personally. The fact that you ask indicates that you should probably call the Hauswart.
We have both, breakers in the apartment, and fuses in the basement.

Only once have we broken one of the 30A fuses (cat shorted a wire, and survived).

We have spares, but I had to jimmy the lock to the downstairs fuse cabinet.

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Got some help from my neighbor, the fusebox in my apartment was hidden behind a compartment in my closet. Fuse obtained and fixed!
Thanks to this 2 yr old thread I found the breaker in my apartment. I've had the same layout in the US (large fuses in the basement, circuit breaker in the apartment), and I had noticed the box in the back of our closet, but it just didn't properly register what it was, not being the standard-looking gray metal box that I know from the US.

One interesting thing: I checked that all my devices were rated for the voltage/freq here, but didn't think to check a power strip + surge protector I brought from the US. I guess since it's a passive device I figured it wouldn't matter, but in hindsight of course that makes no sense. It is only rated for 120V/60Hz. So I'm 99% sure that's what tripped the breaker.
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