what the…

We’ve had some crazy things happen here at the homestead. We’ve had all of our remodeling projects going on, which involved lots of permits and supplies and a few contractors, and of course a few mishaps along the way. One of the contractors, a long-time friend of mine from my high school days, is our electrician. Well, you know, we had them out not too long ago working on our wiring–and trust me when I say that our wiring is weird. This house, although we love it, has some crazy features. Like low-voltage wiring and relays on all the lighting switches. Do you know how many houses in this city he knows of that use this wiring? Two. Including ours. And if you don’t know where I am, just trust me when I say it’s a big city, and he’s been at this a long time.

Well, as they’ve been working on things we’ve been converting from the old low-voltage relay switches to normal, run-of-the-mill wiring. Really what this means is that the back half of the house is now on regular stuff and the front half is on these low-voltage relays. So Sunday night I turned on the front entry lights outside for Firefly when she left for work. I puttered about for a while and left them on. When it was time for me to go to bed, I went around the front half of the house trying to turn things off…but nothing worked. If it was on, it was on. If it was off, it was staying that way. I tried everything I could think of, then said to heck with it, sent Firefly a text and went to bed.

When she got home on Monday morning it still wasn’t working, so I gave the electrician a call. He came out today to take a look, and ended up staying here for three hours trying to trace and fix the problem. It’s fixed now, and the good news is that we won’t have to pay anything because it was their fault. It seems the last time they were here they didn’t take some of the old wiring out, they just left it in the crawl space–which was fine because the wires weren’t live or anything…until one of them gradually dropped and ended up touching another wire and grounding it, causing a short in the system. Crazy!

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