Paradise ponders: fuses, filling stations, and irrigation systems edition... This morning my brother Scott (who lives about 20 miles from me) emailed me to say that his Nest thermostat had died. This time of year that means no air conditioning. Scott told me it was no problem at all, but then he'd say that unless his death from heat stroke was imminent. So I gathered up my electrical meter and a spare Nest and headed up there. It took about ten minutes to determine that the problem was caused by a blown fuse in the furnace (which is where the 24VAC power for the Nest comes from). I'm not sure why there's a fuse in the first place, given that the furnace is on its own dedicated circuit breaker. So I just bypassed the fuse, and everything started working again. The funniest part of this for me is that the Nest would have been complaining about having no power for the last week or so, every time Scott walked by it. He never noticed it! :)
While I was up there, I got a closeup look at the gigantic driftwood horse he's building (photos below). It's really quite beautiful, and it's almost done – all that's left to do is the tail and the hooves. Scott figures that the thing weighs 600 pounds or so, which means that there are some challenges moving it around. Another challenge is that it's too tall to fit through the garage door!