Got up early & cleared out ruined stuff from the freezer. Scrubbed the freezer inside & out. Figured out how to remove & put back shelves, got stuff I missed last time I cleaned in a rush when it was hot. Also finished cleaning out the fridge (mostly). I still need to rinse out the icemaker cutter thingy. I couldn't wipe it out like the rest of the stuff bc I need to spray it with water. Need to soak the tray that goes under it as well.
They put up a new pole this morning & we got home this evening (went to hang out with friends & eat). Power is now back on but landline is still out.
One of the places we went to grab take-out from, I kvetched about losing everything in my fridge & the smiling clerk told me she lost her entire house bc it was in one of the lower areas where it flooded. There I was worrying about losing some food & she's homeless. Homeless & still going to work & acting like nothing is wrong. I felt awful for her. So many people lost their homes. A few years back we had the worst flood in 20 years. I was here for both floods & they sucked, but this flood was worse than both of them. The water still hasn't receded around the river & houses are still underwater.
My late friend's house flooded as well.
I'm trying to plan out how to fix the wiring up for my pump shed. I couldn't quite trace the source of the power. I saw an outlet & light in the generator shed & a cable going out the back of the shed. I followed it & it wrapped around the side of the shed & looped back to the junction box I replaced. One cable went in but two came out. First one went to a GFCI outlet on the lean-to & then to a light. Second one goes into the pump shed to a non GFCI outlet. I'm trying to remember the order, but I think the cable for the float switch comes out of the adjacent junction box that is inches away from the outlet box. I think the purpose of the outlet box is to have more room for the wires as the ones for the pump are larger gauge. From the box a cable goes to the float switch and two separate cables go out from there to the piston pump and the jet pump (it's possible one orange cable goes directly to the jet pump from box but I have to go look in the daylight). From the inside junction box, a cable runs a few feet to another non-GFCI outlet. There are all sorts of defunct cables that are no longer connected & it's an ugly mess in there.
I want to streamline it and make sure I have the right sort of cable for a wet environment, right gauge, & streamline it so I don't have so many junctions. I also want to replace the two outlets with GFCI. I think it's just a good idea to have semi-outdoor ones in a wet area be GFCI.
I forgot to take a picture of the junction box I replaced, but I have the GFCI outlet that it links to as well as the lamp.
Then inside there's the outlet & another box gray cable is one going in from the outside. Yellow goes to junction box. Orange comes out of junction box to switch and the jet pump as far as I can tell. Black tape is the T-Rex tape I used to patch the roof.
There's a lot of stuff in there that is no longer in use but it never got removed. I want to turn off the breaker & pull out all the older stuff so it's no longer in the way & causing confusion about what goes where.
Power went out again around noon but came back on a little over an hour later.
My body aches from cleaning yesterday (and sitting on a hard cooler to reach into the fridge/freezer). My bronchial tubes feel like garbage from breathing the damp air from before the power was back on.
I want to curl up and sleep but my brain isn't letting me rest. I know I need to go get more groceries but I'm worried about more outages. I think it was a maintenance outage bc I was told the entire town to the south of us lost power too.
Tomorrow I hope to get up early so I can go vote (early voting starts tat 8am). I'm hoping there won't be a lot of people there.
I'm going to have to use the internet to call in a repair order from AT&T bc landline is still out. With as much as they are charging for it, I should get $ back for it being out. They need to improve their system so it doesn't go out when the water gets high in some areas bc it happens constantly.
I need to figure out what gauge wire is in that shed. I know we have one piece of 8/2 w/ ground to go to the piston pump but I think the rest is either 10 or 12. I suppose I could figure it out with a wire stripper... The good news is, my connection in the junction box seems ok so we might not need to take it apart & trim stuff up.
Should I replace the blue boxes with waterproof outdoor rated ones or is it not worth the expense?
I noticed water at the bottom of the frig for several day now. I would take a towel and soak it up. but now i realized something is wrong. I suspect that the drainage line from the evaporator is blocked with ice. So i used my wife's hair dryer and warmed it up. I also went down to the bottom of the frig where there is an evaporation pan. which i cleaned. when i was down there i noticed all of this black dust bunnies. so i went and got my shop vac and sucked all that i could see. My shop vac is a good rigid one with suction and blow. so i said lets see what happens if i put it on blow. Incredible all this black duct bunnies can out. I mean like two gallons worth . Give this a try at your house but be ready for a lot of dirt and duct.