Warning: EOS Tells a Shocking Tale!


Hurricane coming, me not really worried with all my ducks in a row – pool furniture tucked away, glass patio table brought inside, groceries in, and with a whole-house generator, not much else to do but sit back and watch the storm go over. Just Me and the Dawg in New York while Mr. EOS mans the bucket brigade in Rhode Island, praying the roof on his Man Cave doesn’t blow off!

Then it happened. At 9:19am and thirty seconds. The generator that goes into a self-test mode every Friday, just to make sure all is working, choked, gagged, then stopped. Fetched up. Red light flashing on panel, meaning some fault has caused a shut-down.

Red light blinking quickly means fault in system

I went out to the generator to open the front panel but it was locked. Locked? How could that be? It’s never been locked before. As a matter of fact, I’ve never had a key. But when the service man came in April, he must have locked the panel. I called the service company, but as you can imagine, their call log was backed up for a long time and the suggested method of reaching someone was to leave a message. I did.

Meanwhile, not one to sit and wait or have others resolve the problem, I was sure I could open that front panel myself. Note: a screwdriver does not substitute for a key. Trust me.

Locked, and me without a key!

I saw that four bolts were holding the top of the entire unit. My conundrum – would I zap myself into a french fry if I touched them or would they open a larger can of worms than I can manage?

Aw, what harm could a million volts do? So I went for it, and voila, the front panel fell open, still in its locked position, but fell to the ground.

Okay, I’m in. Now what? With the operating manual in hand and a bunch of buttons in front me of me, I went at turning things on and off…

Fortunately for me, I have a very smart Dawg and I instructed her to sit by the inside panel and to bark three times when the red light stopped blinking. Okay, so she only barked twice, but she’s getting old and counting isn’t her thing.

I ran inside and found the panel all green, as in good to go. That only left me with four bolts to put the top back ON…the easy part was taking them out. I have yet to see how they go back in…and stay in….I plan to leave that task for “others”, from the Latin word meaning Husband. I did the hard part. And I’m still alive to talk about it.

I rewarded my efforts with a Fun Size bag of Peanut M&M’s. I suggest they rename this packet to Skimpy Size as to me, “fun” does NOT mean seven measly M&M’s, one broken even!

The Dawg deserved a reward too for her efforts. One Bone from the Old Mother Hubbard cupboard.

And a Nap.

One final note: The service company did call, and I explained that I was able to resolve the fault myself; he complimented me on my daring, and said he’d mail me a key next week.

End of story. Bring on the hurricane. I’m really ready now!

11 thoughts on “Warning: EOS Tells a Shocking Tale!

  1. Soooooo… prying off the cover solved the problem?? What did you actually DO to fix situation? Could be helpful info for the rest of us in harm’s way.

    1. Prying off the front cover was critical to let me see the digital display of the fault exceptions. After that, I closed my eyes, pushed a button here and there, heard the dawg bark twice and stopped. Pretty good, eh?

    1. Catherine: In my late twenties, I was lucky enough to buy my first home – a falling down shack on Chappaquiddick. I had to learn very quickly to become self-sufficient as the place was in the middle of nowhere. Plus, I like to think that I can resolve things on my own.

  2. Hi,
    Good on you for for having a go and being able to fix the problem, Is the panel back on? It may blow away with this terrible storm coming, if not don’t forget to secure it.
    Reports here in OZ about Irene is that it is slowing somewhat, not much from what I read, but every bit of slowing helps.

    1. Mags, I’m going to put a big rock or two on the top. I thought of that very thing, the top blowing away, but the top is heavy and getting it in its exact full and upright position to match hole to hole proved more difficult than the task of fixing it.

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