Monday, August 15, 2011

Patience is a virtue, take your time and give yourself credit.

This light represents 9 hours of patients
I do not have a lot of time to today since I am in the process of studying for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exam. This is a long tough networking test covering Cisco equipment and networking devices and how the all work together.

If you look at the photo above you see a light. That light was not there, working,  yesterday before 10:00 PM. We had a light that worked just fine until April, when an outlet in the kitchen malfunctioned. After the repair of that outlet was complete the side door light and other outlet in the kitchen stopped working. We were told that it would cost $2000 to repair them. This left our side door area dark and my wife feeling uneasy.

I am not an electrician, but I can read and my friend Paul is very knowledgeable. Thankfully, he was willing to slog through the last six hours with me. After tapping into a good power supply I ran a new wire under the dishwasher and out into the closet. I was just going to run this to the new light fixture but then I had one of my grand plans. Oh boy, my wife said. What if I back track this new power supply to the outlet and switch, which are not working. What could be simpler? Well, in theory it was simple, however, when you carry out the grand plan things never go as you envision them.

Long story short, when I made the initial connection under the sink the and put that junction box back together one of the ground wires slipped out of the friction locks. This only gave us half power. It lit the tester but not the light. The fact that there were torrential downpours throughout the day made it all the more challenging. Once we figured out that issue there were others but we did not give up. That is my point.

We tested and retried until we got it right. The total cost was $21.00, since I had a piece of wire left over from a previous adventure. The light you see should serve as a reminder that if we work together and just have some belief in ourselves, we can accomplish much more than previously thought. Ask for help when you need it and offer help when you can. Have a great week and I will keep you posted on the CCNA progress.  

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