DUH Moment


Old 09-19-17, 10:30 AM
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DUH Moment

Okay, I work at an institution of higher learning and we are always reminding our students that when you need to troubleshoot a problem always work from the outside in. 90% of the time the reason the unit will not work is that it's not plugged into a receptical. If it's still not working we stress to check the circuit breaker. If the CB hasn't tripped check the fuses. Yes...the fuses. My younger brother and I needed to move the emergency generator. We made sure to check all areas where we could potentially get zapped with a multi-meter making sure we had no power to those areas. Fast forward to Saturday. We fire up the generator and it just ran, wouldn't provide power to the house; bummer. We double checked our wiring against the pictures we had taken before disconnecting it to move it. All our wiring was just like the pictures. It was getting late and I was my stomach was growling so we cleaned up and went to dinner. Sunday morning after church I mention it to another bro who knows nothing about electricity. When I mentioned the problem he asked if I checked for fuses. I looked at him like he had 2 heads on his shoulders. It ever occurred to me there would be fuses in the dang thing. Go home and look around the gen set - yup, found 2 fuses in the transfer panel. Disconnect power to it, puled them out and WALLA, 2 open fuses! Make a run to the orange box store bought 2 of them (we were lucky they had them) replaced the bad fuses with the new ones and lo and behold, it now works. I guess it's time I start listening to watch I preach to the students. Live and learn! Roger
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Old 09-19-17, 12:43 PM
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Been there done that. Worked 2 hours on a dryer and than decided to check voltage to unit. Only had 1 leg working. Forgot the first step.

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