But the most noticeable [and photogenic] activity today was the connection of the wires from all the house's circuits to the new "load center." Andy claimed not...but I have to believe that at the annual Electrician's Conference there is a contest to determine who can feed a circuit breaker box with dozens of pairs (triples) of wire the most neatly. He did confide in me the un-written rule that once one electrician begins to "trim out" a circuit box no one else finishes. Its one man's work product.
With circuits feeding from the right side of the panel in place,
Andy works to organize and connect those to be connected on the left.
|The "finished" load center feeds 20 existing circuits and provides breakers|
for two new circuits in the addition. I'll be adding a third new circuit,
and B&L will add one new 240 amp circuit to serve the garage.
|It's almost a shame that well organized wiring is covered with the face plate.|
But, the cover at least provides spaces for each circuit to be labeled.
But, today I began to set up for running the wires in the addition. Amid a trip back to Lowes for some additional supplies, visits from potential landscapers, an asphalt paving contractor, and a tree expert [to give advice on making sure the large oak east of the cottage remains healthy] I managed to drill a bunch of holes and install some boxes.
|The switches to control the overhead light and ceiling fan in the bedroom,|
and the light and exhaust fan in the bathroom will be in these boxes.
The stud needed to be cut out to allow them to fit in a narrow wall.
|The north wall will have three outlets. Drilling for wires to run between|
the boxes was challenging through multiple tightly spaced studs.
No contractor is scheduled to be at 3283 tomorrow. I'm going to use the day to handle some banking, hopefully talk with roofing and HVAC contractor candidates, check on the scheduled delivery of the windows for the addition, and seek advice on painting. But, most importantly, I want to try to finalize selection and scheduling of someone to build the retaining walls. None of these activities will generate my typically amazingly demonstrative photographs. But, I'll give an update if there is more to report that me sleeping in late.