Yesterday, Simon installed the first of the new garden lights that are supposed to switch on as somebody approaches them – or a series of three of them so that we can walk from the house to the office / garage or vice verse with illuminati n of the path when it is dark.
The first one was installed yesterday morning and then left to test later in the day as darkness appeared. Sadly, the light didn’t work but then neither did the other lights on the gate posts that these were wired in series from….
So, before we went out for a Drew a Rusty Box dinner out, Simon went to the office and flipped the fuse back on since it had blown – nothing happened and no lights came on, so he flipped the switch again – only this time it tripped the entire garage electrics.
This caused a pretty big issue since the garage fuse box is in the garage part of the building, the garage door was down, is the only means of access but is slect if and has no other handle…. shite…..!!!!!!!
So, this morning it was down to the office with a torch and a hand saw – the only approach that could possibly work was to go into the loft space above the fuse box and saw a hole in the ceiling to give a small access hole into the garage. The next problem was being able to reach the damned fuse box and pull the main switch back on…. 15 minutes later and with a broom handle, we were back on.
The issue ended up being that the black cable in the pre-existing external cable was actually for earth and not neutral as Simon had believed – the grey one was the real Neutral….. Once that was figured out and swapped over, the fuse stopped blowing out each time it was switched on 🙂 yay
Then Simon fitted the remaining two lamps in the garden and tested the sensitivity etc once it got darker tonight so we should now finally be all set, albeit with a new hole in the ceiling of the garage (why the garage ceiling was plastered we are not entirely sure) although if you didn’t read it here, I suspect you would never know / notice…
We also managed to get out and take Hugo for a nice walk this afternoon before it got dark, with the boys and Paula and Cayton (who have come to stay over Christmas incidentally) – we all hope to sleep well tonight – the red wine with no doubt help – three nights on the bounce…. 😳 🍸🍺🍷