|I'm so glad we hadn't known how close we were to potential disaster! (Photo from here)|
Back when we had our kitchen design/remodel business, we had at one time a 6-month waiting list for new projects. We had told one potential client this, and offered some other names that could get to her work sooner, and she said, "No, that's okay, I'll wait. I heard you return phone calls." That's it? I asked myself. Not that we're creative, not that we have good attention to detail, not that our work is on budget and on time, but that we return phone calls? That just didn't seem to me to be a prize-worthy achievement; it seemed more like the foundation stuff, the goes-without-saying stuff, that should be taken for granted. But now that we were the clients instead of the providers, I learned how frustrating it was to be so dependent. Meanwhile, I was looking suspiciously at our battery-selector switch, seriously, dangerously undersized by modern standards, more and more aware that something was going to have to be done sooner rather than later.
|Just a look at our electric panel doesn't hint at the chaos behind, but the hand-printed labels and multicolored breakers should be the first clue that this has evolved over time. Four owners over 33 years had each added their personalization.|
|Aaaack! This is what's inside! The blue circle on the left side of the panel is the selector switch. The wires leading up to it are the proper size, but the switch itself is small.|
|Battery box "after." Big new fuses in the upper left corner, big new switch in upper right corner.|