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Freezer Prepping Tips

Discussion in 'Cooking, Recipes, Preserving Foods' started by Sentry18, Feb 14, 2020.

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  1. Feb 14, 2020 #1

    Sentry18

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    My freezer was plugged into a GFCI outlet and when the thing popped my freezer shut down. I figured it out several days later and the smell was pretty bad.
    I didn't realize the GFCI outlets were all daisy-chained so there was only 1 with a reset button and the other 5 outlets were just normal duplex outlets but they all were protected by the 1 GFCI. Cheap lazy builder, I guess.
     
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    I believe that is legal to do.
     
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    I'm sure it was legal and passed inspection but the builder was not very good. I found several issues months after I bought the house and it took me a long time and a bunch of phone calls before he responded. Then about 2 years later he went bankrupt and closed his company then reopened under a different name so he was off the hook. Never trust a general contractor that drives a station wagon.
     
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    When we were remodeling our kitchen one of the contractors unplugged one of our chest freezers, which had been moved into the garage, so he could use the outlet. He forgot to plug it back in. We found it a couple weeks later and threw away hundreds and hundreds of dollars of meat. Of course we spoke with the electricians, the plumbers, the tile people, the general contractor, etc. and none of them were responsible (yeah right) until I finally found the video footage. It was the son of the general contractor, the one being groomed to take over the business. We waited until the final invoice was in hand before we presented the evidence. We settled on $500 off the bill. We now have low-temp alarms in all of our freezers.
     
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    I did that a few months ago when the power light on one of our freezers quit working.
     
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    Never seen a set of outlets that wasn't daisy chained. If the lead outlet is required to be a GFCI, or something further down the chain, then everything behind it is protected. Anything I added has been done that way, meets code, but I am not a professional. I have NEVER seen individual outlets home run to a breaker box except for 220, but like I said, I am not a professional, YMMV.
     
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    The electrician just fixed ours in our kitchen. One GFCI on the backsplash, controlled all outlets on the wall. I had no power in there. A water leak at the sink, and a fried electrical wall in the wall behind the sink. Electricity works now, moldy wood out, just need to pick up a new sink. And return the wrong sink. Not enough holes in the back. BUT it doesn't fit in the car and husband has the truck. I know what I'm doing this evening. But hey, the builder is laying countertop tile on part of the kitchen as we speak, so maybe I'll have an oven and stove top for the weekend.
    I always keep frozen ice blocks handy for freezer and fridge. Saved our commercial fridge food at the school one weekend. Fridge went out Friday afternoon, they couldn't come out till Monday. I put in 4 iceblocks that I had and the food was fine.
     
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    Very few outlets are not wired in series unless it's a high current drawing device. The outlets in my shop are mostly dedicated single 120v circuits, my RV plug is a 30 amp dedicated line. Actually, if I had known how it was wired it would have been handy. When the nightlight in the bathroom quit working I would have known to check the GFCI. I plugged the night light into the other bathroom and it didn't work there either so I naturally figured the nightlight was dead. Wrong, all the outlets in the bathrooms, kitchen, garage and outside were on the same GFCI circuit.
    Live and learn.
     
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    Yep! when I wired my shop I put in 5 circuits for each of four outlets and the first outlet on each of the five circuits was a GFCI outlet. Then I put in the six dedicated outlets for the machine tools and three 240 outlets for the big stuff. The lighting circuits were split in two for each bank of 10 fixtures (under 7 amps per circuit) and a dedicated outlet on the ceiling for the door opener. I selected the wire size that was one gauge larger than code required and when the inspector was looking everything over he said that it was better than any professional job he had seen. The bigger wire causes less voltage drop which lowers the likelihood of fire and provides higher voltage at the termination point. My brother kept telling me to stop over-engineering... NOT going to happen, ever. :)
     
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    Incase of a power outage, throw a blanket over your freezer to add insulation.
     
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