Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Power shop'n...


Sometimes you need a little help, and as you know if you have been reading this blog there has been no power to Dad's shop. I have had several phone conversations with the nice young electrician. We tried to trouble shoot what the problem could be over the phone, but I was having no luck.  He's a pretty busy guy, but worked me into his schedule for early this morning. When he got here, the first thing he said was, "I was really hoping we could solve this over the phone, so I didn't have to bill you."  Me too, but it didn't happen, so here he was.  He checked the main panel, all good there. We went out to the shop, and no power. He looked around inside, walked outside, looked around the backside of the house, reached down lifted a cover, and reset the GFI. Wallah, power to the shop!  Only thing I could do was laugh, how I missed that one I don't know.  Another lesson learned.

19 comments:

  1. Reminds me of someone who recently had his van towed for £70 then realised the next day that his insurance cover could have had it towed for free! As you say, we live and learn.

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    1. Nelly,
      LOL, I've lived in the back of beyond so much that I've always carried auto road service. It has paid for itself more than once.

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  2. Bought (at auction) and moved into a 1950's farmhouse three years ago. The house has had a garage and master bedroom/bath added over the years (1980's?), with GFCI outlets added in the master bath. What I didn't know was that the two outlets in the garage were hooked into the same line as as the master bathroom with the GFCIs. The two outlets over the sink DO NOT have reset switches in them, but ARE GFCI.

    Fast forward two years. Hired a guy to trim the bushes around the house and he accidentally cut through the power cord for the trimmer, killing the electricity. I had to call an electrician to come out because resetting the breakers and such didn't solve the problem. He crawled through my attic, searched high and low in my finished basement, and wedged himself in the crawlspace under the master bedroom (sits on a slab since it was a later addition to the house). Two hours of searching... and nothing.

    We scoured the inside of the house and started moving furniture and such. In one, low corner of the master bathroom, we found an outlet that I never realized was there (heavily flowered wallpaper that made it blend in). It had a reset button on it. Pushed the button. Voila! Instant power!

    He felt bad enough about not being able to locate the reset button that he only charged me for one hour when he had been here for two hours. He was tired, dirty, dusty and thirsty. I thanked him profusely.

    As an aside, when he was in the crawlspace, he found that I have a small water heater for that bathroom, down in the crawlspace, even though the main water heater in the basement isn't very far away. I had no idea it was there. Now I know.

    Some family of the original owners still live in the area and I asked them several questions at the auction and at the closing about the history of the home. No one seemed to know what "Mom and Dad" had done or not done to the house over the years.

    Ah, the joys of owning your own home!

    Blue Tile Spook

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    1. Blue Tile Spook,
      I think I would have found this GFI if I had had the electrical schematics for the house, as mother and Dad built this house. But my brother has the house plans, and that is no go territory.

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  3. Oh young lady I told you to look for that GFI. But who expected it outside.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Yes you did! I have no good excuse for this, so I'm owning it.

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  4. LOL that is a good one(-: Oh well now you know(-:

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    1. CiNdEe,
      Yep, now I know.
      The young electrician (Connected Electric) is out of Redding, so if you ever need one I'm more than happy to refer him.

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  5. I hope that he didn't charge you a lot.

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    1. LL,
      Charged his lowest price, and took 10% off that. A young dad with three littles, he's a go getter, and offered to fix what ever else might need it. It's all good.

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    2. +1 to LL, but it seems all ended well. Good!

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  6. the problems of electrical and glad it wasn't more

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    1. Rain,
      Yep, I felt foolish to have not found that GFI, but was happy it wasn't a bigger problem.

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  7. I was struck by the fencing pic -- lot of work goes into fencing, I've discovered. Glad you got the electrics fixed!

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    1. LSP,
      Yep fencing is work. The Cowman built some great tight fences in his day.
      The shop has power, now to reset the automatic irrigation system.

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  8. The good news is, that's all it was. Rejoice in having an easy fix, and no long-drawn-out horror. In my book, easy fixes are worth any amount of chagrin. Carry on!

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  9. Oopsie... At least it won't be a BIG bill!

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