joys of home ownership- fixed my garage electrical problem
We moved 8 months ago, our new house is about 13 years old. The garage has 5 electrical outlets and a few weeks ago 2 of them went dead. I checked breakers and they all looked good, none had tripped. So I wondered if a breaker had gone bad, which happens but is probably rare. I pulled the cover off of the big breaker box and checked voltages on the breakers. The 3 breakers for the garage looked good. Two of them were labeled as GFI circuits but I only knew of one outlet with a GFI plug. I thought the only explanation for outlets being dead would be if a GFI had tripped. I looked around and found a 6th plug that I didn't know a had, the second GFI, BEHIND a small piece of pegboard that the previous owner had installed over a small workbench. I cut a hole in the pegboard so I could access the plug and reset it, and now the outlets are back in operation. I saved myself the cost of a service call by an electrician. We have had plumbing problems, problems with numerous light fixtures, sprinkler problems, and fence problems. I didn't need to spend more money on electrical problems.
Another unusual thing about this house- it has a small patch panel and a digital switch in a closet. It appears that it has twisted pair cables running to various rooms, but none of the rooms have exposed plugs! In these days of wireless networking these things probably aren't needed anymore anyway. We are one of the few people that still have a landline and there was no place in the house to plug in a phone either. We were using cordless phones so I ran a cord from the outside junction box into the garage and put the phone base unit there. My nephew works on computer networks so he brought his toner over and found where the telephone source line comes into the wiring closet, and which of the wires in the patch panel goes to a downstairs storage room where we actually did find a modular jack in the wall behind a cabinet. I figured out the wiring scheme for the twisted pairs in the closet, made a jumper to connect to the patch panel, and go the downstairs phone plug in operation.
That's what I DID manage to accomplish today. I wanted to ride my bike today but didn't get to do that for other reasons. Tomorrow might work out better.