Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lots and Lots of Wire

Today's post will be short. I was on and off site on Friday as I opened up for the B&L crew...then tried to identify someone to help with retaining walls to protect the basement door. I'm finding that the economy must be improving -- at least in West Michigan -- since those I met with Friday seemed to have their near term schedules very much filled. I will consider other options over the weekend and early next week. Stay Tuned.

Homes have lots of electric wire buried inside walls and under floors. Old houses have lots of wire form different eras. 3283's initial electric wiring was installed in the early 1900s and not updated in one single logical manner. Over time wires were strung as needed to serve the latest new ''modern'' purpose. Their routes and logic can best be described as random.

B&L is trying to make some sense of the wiring. Friday they disconnected the circuits from the old circuit breaker box and extended all circuits serving the second floor to the new service. They also removed all the first floor circuit wires and will begin to organize them on Monday.  Also, they ran new ''special purpose'' circuits to: the water heater, the sanitary pump, the electric range and the furnace.

A maze of wires.
Most on the left are to connect the second floor circuits.
Those on the right are from first circuits that will be identified and connected to the new panel.
Much of the crew's time was running and securing wires -- some new and some old.
Wires from the second floor will be spliced to
extensions leading to the new service in this junction box.
Here's our new circuit box with some of the new wires ready to be installed.
It was a very good thing that Friday's work was done indoors. Michigan weather refuses to turn to spring. Though May is only about 10 days away today was cold and very very windy. Still "under construction" the house is still not "tight." Wind blows through it. And today the wind blew. Sustained winds over 20 MPH and gusts [often] up to 40 MPH. Lake Michigan responded to these winds with some very impressive waves.

Still no leaves on the trees. But there are buds showing on the lilacs.
The wind howled all day and the waves were as high as I've seen them..
 More Next Week

Be Happy !!  Have Fun !!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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