What are the odds?

What are the odds of seeing other Witby folks in cars at the corner of 27th and South Dixie Highway. 

Actually, remarkably high. We don’t get that far up 27th all that often.

On Thursday, we were up there so we could take the train to the modern art museum PAMM. The Miami public transit was just part of the entire modern art exhibit.

The 25¢ circulator (route 249) goes up 27th to the Metrorail station. The $2.25  train connects to the free People Mover downtown. The inner loop took us to First Street where we had lunch at Bryan In The Kitchen. Then the Omni Loop took us up to museum.

They had a huge Ai WeiWei exhibit. One of the photography rooms had no little cards by the pictures. The descriptions were on iPads in a central seating area. The “For Those In Peril On The Sea” was quite something and hit us quite close to home.

Today we happened to be at 27th and South Dixie when the crews of Simbi and Joie de Vivre honked at us from a passing car. Not the first time that Whitby folks have honked at us as we made our way to Shell Lumber and Hardware.

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We’re working on adding GFCI outlets to Red Ranger’s electrical system. For the port side, this is easy. There’s a 4” box with a “Line” side wire back to the main panel and two “Load” side wires to the various port side outlets. The box didn’t have an outlet, so I added one.

It’s right ugly because it’s got the wrong face-plate. But it’ll do for now.

The entire port side is properly ground fault protected through this junction outlet.

The starboard side doesn’t have a single such outlet. It has two pairs.

We have two choices: Add an extra outlet near the breaker panel or replace two of the four starboard side outlets and boxes with proper GFCI outlets. We don’t have to replace all four because the other two outlets are on the “load” side of the two being replaced.

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Adding an outlet isn’t too bad a job. Considering the pain required to replace an outlet, I’m rethinking my strategy to head in that direction. 

The outlets to be replaced are in 1” thick plywood paneling; the original boxes are too small for the GCFI outlets. The replacement boxes require larger holes in the paneling. 

Cutting a larger hole for a larger box to replace an otherwise perfectly good box is an annoying exercise. It’s challenging enouh to do this for one outlet without slipping and sawing something I didn’t mean to saw. Doing it for two outlets? Not prudent.

Simply adding a junction outlet means putting a 4” box behind the panel somewhere. A short run of wire from panel to the new box (and new GFCI outlet) can then meet up with the other two wire runs for the forward pair and aft pair of outlets.

A compromise position is to replace just one outlet. The one I started on is about 2’ from the panel. I could finish enlarging this hole and put in the new outlet. I could then reroute the wiring for the two forward outlets to come from this new GFCI outlet instead of coming straight off the panel.

I just need to stretch the wires for the forward pair of outlets about two feet. There isn’t much slack in the wiring behind the panel. I’ll have to add a bunch of wire nuts. Or I’ll have to add a small jumper block. 

Some of the 110V AC stuff uses exposed jumper blocks and other parts use fancy-schmancy water-resistant boxes with super-fancy connectors that have a little bronze screw inside a sleeve with a plastic cap over it to make it look like a wire nut. Mostly, it’s the old air conditioner wiring that used exposed jumper blocks.

© Steven Lott 2020