Friday, January 28, 2011

Phase 1 is electrical wiring and getting ready for insulation

First things first. The electrical wiring is always the first thing that needs to be done while all the ceilings and walls are open. The much needed switch to prevent having to walk into a dark room to pull the chain on the light in the middle of the room was wired up first thing. As with all old houses .... well some what old (45 years), there are unexpected things that come up. I know some will not think a 45 year old house is old but for my house it is. Some of the lumber demensions are different so compensations have to be make when construction is required.


Many years ago I thought that electrical wiring should be a snap as really there's only three wires. Just how complicated could it be? Well, I soon found out there are infinite possibilities of how those three wires can be connected together. There are three way switches and multiple lights and outlets that can greatly complicate things. I've been learning about all these things by going on my volunteer trips with the electrical team. It's been a great learning experience and I'm glad that I can put to use some of those learned skills at home. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

The first light is in and working perfectly with no changes. What a surprise that was for me. My tangled mess of telephone and cable TV wires from the many additions over the twenty five years of living in this house really needs to be cleaned up. Yeah well that can be done later right now my concentration is on the storage area. There some wire clean up to do there but most is out in the furnace area.


To install the insulation in the ceiling, a box had to be built around the heat vent for the dining room above the storage area. It will be stuffed full of insulation as well as the ceiling will have insulation stuffed into it. Then it will be covered with drywall. All this is done in hopes to isolate this area away from the heat of the house and keep this area cooler for food storage.
After the insulation and ceiling, will come the most difficult part of the whole project. That would be the building of a wall with a door in it to completely isolate this area. Then more insulation with drywall on both sides to cover this wall. All this needs to be completed before fall harvest .... actually it would be even better before spring planting begins. The project continues. Tune in for the completion of the next phase of the basement storage area.

6 comments:

  1. You better get that done before spring planting, because as we all know, once the garden season gets here---NOTHING else gets done!
    :)

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  2. I agree with Sue. I know that don't get much done inside the house during gardening season.

    Your project is looking good and well thought out!! Keep up the good work and keep us posted!

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  5. Thanks for sharing what you’ve done. Helpful.

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  6. “Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?”—Well, definitely not me! Haha! Anyway, as they always say, “Experience is the best teacher.” I’m glad that you found a way to connect your wires. It looked more neat, and you don’t have to worry about short circuit anymore.

    Helene Raymond

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