Of course I should have turned off the power first, but "I R an Engineer" and I know what I'm doing...
Yes, of course I checked the main fuse box. I'm not a complete idiot (as I've mentioned before, my mother had me tested, and I'm happy to report that the word "complete" is unwarranted). All of the fuses were as they should be. And yes, of course I also checked the automatic circuit breaker thingy in the kitchen. No problems there…
By some strange quirk of fate, I happened to have two electrical-certified HVAC guys wandering around in my loft, so I explained when had happened and asked them to take a look.
First they checked the socket itself -- all wired correctly. Then they checked nearby sockets – no power there either. Then they checked the automatic circuit breaker thingy in the kitchen (they thought of that quicker than I had) – no problems there. Next they checked the fuse panel in the garage – all was as it should be.
Then we all stood around for a while stroking our chins and trying to come up with a new move. After a while, the HVAC guys wandered off back into the loft to check the wiring up there. Sometime later they returned with a purposeful air and walked around the kitchen looking at the sockets a little more closely. Ah Ha! There was a SECOND automatic circuit breaker thingy in the power socket located behind the flat-screen television. I don’t know about the HVAC guys, but I certainly felt a tad foolish.
But that's not what I wanted to tell you about…
On the way into work the next day, I popped into the local home improvement store to pick up a deeper box. That evening, while Gina and Joseph were in the family room, I whipped out the old socket and box and replaced it with my new, deeper box and Power2U. Now, all we see are two USB cables as shown below:
This really is much more convenient. We no longer have the two white chargers lying around, plus we still have two power sockets to play with. Gina's phone actually ends up being charged, and I am the hero of the hour.
The Power2U is one of those things that, when you first see it, you say to yourself "Well, that's an obvious idea – anyone could have thought of that."
The thing is, of course, that it's only an obvious idea once you've seen it. All I can say is that I wish I'd thought of it first. Anyway, the bottom line is that I think the Power2U is a great idea and mine is here to stay!
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