Electrical Questions? Ask an Electrician Online.
Hello, your electrician might be plenty good enough but he might also be missing a few insights, a second opinion will be a very good idea, but only from one of the best in the area. If you can tell me which direction you are from the center of the nearest city I will see who I can find for you.
... and... indeed it is a very dangerous situation. Probably quite repairable however.
Let me know, we can go from there.
The closest well qualified electrician is in Daly city.
Tell him the complete story and that your online consultant thinks it is
a reverse polarity problem, and possibly the ground wire used as a common or worse... tell him you want a complete written estimate before any corrective actions are taken, ask him to send it to you by email so that you can forward it to you on line consultant.
Then post a link to it here using the attach files link, that is the second from the right end of the tool bar above.
We can go from there without a time limit.