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Old 05-25-14, 12:37 AM   #1
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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.
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I'm glad you fixed your problem. Did you get in any riding today?
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I'm glad you fixed your problem. Did you get in any riding today?
I did! (My first good ride this year.)

We had a lot of rain this afternoon so I was fortunate that I went riding this morning.

Our new house is in a spot with a lot of hills. I've got to get a little stronger before I can ride from my house and hope to make it back to my house on 2 wheels.
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You'll do it.
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I hoped you used a pedal wrench as part of your repair. The pedal wrench is invaluable in home maintenance.
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Our new house is in a spot with a lot of hills.
But your sig says you live in Irving!
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But your sig says you live in Irving!
There are a few good hills in Irving, and I live in the middle of them. I had a relative that lived in Rollingwood and just riding around the block from his house involved 2 steep climbs. My neighborhood is like that. Right now I'm riding an old Trek crossover bike that has a freewheel that looks like a dinner plate so it will climb pretty well. I'm just concerned that when I crawl home from a long training ride and I'm faced with a couple of good climbs to get to my house it will be demoralizing. Plus I want to be able to occasionally ride my renovated road bike with normal road freewheel. Used to be I could climb anything in my area with my straight block freewheel, but I'm a little older now and don't train as much.
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I live by the other hill in DFW. The Plano Bicycle Association and some others come to my neighborhood to ride the hills on Collins, Fall Creek, Lookout and Custer.
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There are a few good hills in Irving, and I live in the middle of them. I had a relative that lived in Rollingwood and just riding around the block from his house involved 2 steep climbs. My neighborhood is like that. Right now I'm riding an old Trek crossover bike that has a freewheel that looks like a dinner plate so it will climb pretty well. I'm just concerned that when I crawl home from a long training ride and I'm faced with a couple of good climbs to get to my house it will be demoralizing. Plus I want to be able to occasionally ride my renovated road bike with normal road freewheel. Used to be I could climb anything in my area with my straight block freewheel, but I'm a little older now and don't train as much.
We lived on the other side of the Randalls Center from Rollingwood for the past 10 years. Many of my rides ended first struggling up Rollingwood Drive from Mopac and then the final climb up Bulian to get to my house. I always tried to make sure I had something left in the tank for those.
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The neighborhood in Rollingwood was Park Hills Dr. to Pleasant Dr. to Nixon Dr. then turn back onto Park Hills.
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