Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weird wiring

My day had an interesting start. The following text message conversation might give you a hint of what happened.

Me: Any idea why the lights in the kitchen have stopped working?

Me: *dining room. Kitchen is fine.

Mom: Is the dimmer switch all the way off?

Me: It's on. First thing I checked.

Mom: Does the switch feel hot?

Me: No

Mom: Have you checked in the garage to see if any of the breakers are blown?

Me: Oh

Me: They look fine

Mom: Haven't a clue. I'd trouble shoot by replacing one of the light bulbs. But before that, I'd make sure that the other switches on the opposite wall are all turned off. I don't think they are related, but it's basic trouble shooting protocol.

Me: The lights are also controlled by one of the light switches under the coat hanger thingy!!!!!???!!?!?! Had no idea. Problem solved.

Me: We have too many switches in the dining room that are too confusing.

Actually, I guess that to say my day started like this may be a bit misleading. I discovered the problem pretty much first thing, but decided that I had to eat breakfast before I could be bothered to do anything about it. I'm not sure what that says about me.

I say again, we have too many confusing switches in the dining room. It isn't helped by the fact that we also have some outlets that don't seem to work. I can't even keep track of everything, as evidenced by the fact that Tall One later explained to me that I've made the discovery of the weird light switch before. So I was really just rediscovering it, not discovering it for the first time.

Whoever did the wiring in the dining room must have been drunk at the time.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

A drunken electrician? That inspires confidence! Maybe some of those outlets only work if certain lights are on at the same time. I've encountered that before.

Sarita Rucker said...

We've tried flipping switches to see if that'll make the mystery outlet(s) work. Nothing did the trick. So we just ignore the mystery outlet(s) until we forget and try it (them?) again.

Dang, now I can't even remember if we have one or two mystery outlets in there...I tend to ignore it (them?) so it's out of sight out of mind. lol