Friday, October 14, 2011

Electrical System Back on Sound Footing

During our September stay we were also able to get our electrical system sorted out with the help of a very good friend and his buddies who are professional electricians.  This has been a big worry for us as it was clear from the get-go that past owners and the resident squirrels, chipmunks, and wood rats have spliced and diced the system badly over the years.  
wire eaten by rodents

My brother, who is an electrical engineer, visited us in August to take an initial look at the system and promptly shut down several breakers pending repair of some grounding and wiring problems.  After our professional electricians took a look in September, the entire system was shut down! 

Although it will take awhile to replace all the damaged wiring and get everything up and running again, our friends were able to get us back on safe footing so we can start the repairs.  I don’t know which was worse, the “work” done by previous owners, or the work done by the resident rodents, but we are putting everything into metal conduit this time! 

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