Ever have one of those times where nothing, and I mean NOTHING works out?
I took Friday off, was over visiting Stanford to see about getting into a study to help with my cluster headaches. This was my second visit with them, I had to wait because of timing relative to a nerve block done three months ago (also to help the headaches). What do I find out? That a procedure that was tried and failed fifteen years ago (which I told them about on my first visit) excludes me from the study. There's half a day shot, not to mention the hopes of getting in on this thing to help with my headaches.
Well, at least I have the afternoon. The Good Guys had a car show at the county fairgrounds, and with the '31 Chevy I have in my garage, I need to get a new rear end for it. A vendor who sells them put that they would be at the show on their website. So I go to the show, see plenty of cool cars, but the vendor is nowhere to be found. Ask around, nobody knows, finally call them and they said they couldn't make it. Turns out there isn't a single vendor there selling rear ends as it was, so I couldn't even look at any of them. Bust.
Saturday, I've got yard work to do together with some pool maintenance. One thing I want to do is upgrade the electronics board that controls all the pool equipment. Original one is Rev A, only does basic stuff. Latest revision now controls color LED lighting, multi-speed pumps, and a lot more. Got the board, change the wires over, hit the breaker, and nothing.... Switch power back to the original board, it works fine. Either the board is bad or I need to call tech support (which isn't open until Monday). Switch back in the original board until I can get more info. That's three things shot. Oh, wait, the wall fitting for the cleaner has also broken. Need to order that part.
Sunday, it's time to fix the dishwasher. The motor had a bearing on it seize, so I got the replacement motor, pulled the dishwasher out and apart (not fun, I tell you) and get the motor replaced. Get it hooked back up, turn the breaker back on, and nothing.... Again?!? Crap. OK, let's troubleshoot. Power goes from breaker to a switch in the wall (switch is hot, that's good), then down through the wall to UNDER the cabinets where some sort of connection changes from ROMEX to a cut-off piece of extension cord. Is it wire nuts, or what? No idea, it's under the cabinet where I can't get to it without cutting the cabinet apart.
Fine, what can I do? Well, it looks like there's a drain coming through that wall down below and into the cabinet. Cut the power, pop one of the knock-outs from the switch box, and actually manage to run a fish tape through the box and grab it where that drain comes through! Pull a new piece of ROMEX through, and run it alongside the supply and drain lines that go through the cabinet (now it can be fixed if needed!). I figured out which wires come from the breaker to the switch and which ones go out to the dishwasher, so I cut the old ones going out and chop off the stupid extension cord piece and do one last double check once I get the wiring done, and YES, we have POWER!!!
Put the dishwasher back in, hook it all up, and start a cycle to make sure things work right. Water. Everywhere. Unhook it, pull it back out, take it apart again, turns out the drain hose is also shot. Seriously? OK, fine, new one is ordered, but it won't be in until later in the week.
So my weekend was an absolute, utter failure, on all counts. How was yours?