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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Almost Was Stupid Again
Almost Was Stupid Again
I won’t go on about the many stupid things I have done lately, it has been more than a few, and they have cost me more than I care to calculate. I just recently dodged another stupid-bullet that was headed straight for my wallet.
Mrs. C was complaining that the garage door was not opening with one simple push of the keypad open button. I assured her that it has always been difficult and often needs a double push.
“No, this is different, it is on the way out, we need a new keypad.”
The door was installed at least four years ago, so the keypad could conceivably be on the fritz (on the fritz, see how old I am.)
“It may just be the contacts are dirty, I could hit them with some WD-40 and it might fix the problem.”
“You can’t put WD-40 on anything electrical!”
“It’ll be fine.”
“No, just leave it alone, I’ll call a garage guy on Monday.”
“No way, that will cost at least $75!”
“Cheaper than you electrocuting yourself!”
“It’s perfectly safe.”
“Don’t mess with it, you’re an idiot.”
“Hey, I maybe a jerk, but not an idiot.”
“If you kill yourself messing with electricity, I’ll have idiot engraved on your urn.”
I backed off, I know when to quit an argument. I also know that at the first chance, I was going to spray that sucker with WD-40 and show her a thing or two.
Sunday, Mrs. C went to the movies with her sister. As she pulled out of the driveway, I pulled out the WD-40. Now I am not an idiot, so before I sprayed anything on the keypad, I unplugged the garage door. I didn’t really think I needed to do so, but did it in an abundance of caution and as the last thing I wanted to hear on my way to the emergency room in an ambulance was, “I told you so!”
As I was about to spray the keypad, I noticed there was a slight glow under the keys.
“Hmm…the power is off and yet the keypad glows. I’ll bet it is because there is a battery under this little plastic thingy with a thumb space for prying open.”
Sure enough, the keypad operates under the power of a 9-volt battery which switches on the motor which is connected to the real power.
I installed a new battery, and voila, the door opens with just the slightest push of the button.
Saved $75 and proved I am not an idiot.
I did spray the keypad with WD-40 anyway, just to prove it would not be dangerous…OK, maybe I am a jerk.