Category Archives: Electrician

Don’t cook in the closet

So, how long have I been talking about having a broom/pantry closet(s) where I can tuck the microwave INTO the pantry closet on a shelf?  Hence having Lola move the electrical outlet to facilitate doing so?  A while.

In separate but VERY related news, I’ve been thinking about the fridge.  I don’t like this fridge.  It is a lemon.  The compressor has gone on it 3 times already.  We ended up having to continue to renew the extended warranty – something we NEVER do – because one day it will finally just give up and die.  And this is a fairly new fridge circa 2005 (I think?).  If we were to get a NEW fridge – only because this one dies – would we get a top freezer again?  No.  I’m tired of bending down to look into the fridge and our little girl is plenty tall enough to reach things in a bottom mounted freezer model.

We originally got the top mounted freezer because of the environment reports saying they are the most energy-efficient of all the styles of fridge – side by sides, the least.  The bottom mounted freezers are somewhere in the middle.  But.  They are all slightly wider than the top mounts – generally 32 inches wide compared to 30 inches wide.

Back to the closet.  I’d miscalculated how much space the fridge required when we laid the floor – I measured a generous 32 inches from the left side of the bottom cabinet.  Which was the one that I accidentally cut 1 1/2 inches from widthwise, forgetting that I couldn’t cut the same amount off its partner top cabinet.  So those two “generous extra inches” were sucked up by the top cabinet to the right of the fridge. Now I’ll need to set the right side of the closet in by another two inches to give me the flexibility of getting the fridge I want down the line.

Which makes the closet at least two inches more narrow.

Remember the IKEA Gorm closet system?  Of course I’m buying it.  If I were to build my own closet interior – it may or may not cost less but will certainly take 15 times as long.  GORM has two widths – 19 and 30.  I’m going to go with the 19 so I can still have a decent amount of broom closet space next to it.

I can’t fit my microwave onto the 19 inch shelf.  The door won’t open.

Yeah, so, it turns out the microwave is staying on the counter as far as the man of the house is concerned.  We go in waves where we use the microwave MANY times a day and then for months never touch the damn thing.  We are in a high microwave usage phase right now.  It sits on the counter above the dishwasher.  It is fine there.  It works there.

This isn’t a problem to solve.  Just keeping you in the loop on the circuitous thought process of this weekend’s project – the closet!



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Nearly all juiced up

The electrician and his son (visiting from Germany) were here today adding the new outlets we so desperately needed.  On the topic of the archaeology of my house, we determined definitively that the blank wall in the kitchen was original to the house.  The interior of the wall is sheetrock, but when he cut it open to add the new outlet box – check out what we see!

Plaster and lath, baby!

Plaster and lath, baby!

The other side of this wall is a lovely arched nook in my dining room.

The arch in my dining room.

The arch in my dining room.Don't mind the mess on the hutch!

The ONLY piece of architecture or charm in the whole house that looked like it belonged here.  Because it DOES!  Yippee!

The unfinished business of the day is that the appliance store included the wrong cord for the stove, so the electrician is 90% done and will be back later today with the right cord and hook the stove up. And tomorrow morning – oat bran party at my house!

UPDATE:  Electrician was back quickly and the stove is ON!  We are running it for the required 30 minutes to get the “new stove smell” out (fans are blowing like crazy to ensure we are not toxified).  I think I’m adjusting to a normal stove very nicely!

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Electricity, Cooking, & Physics

Cross another few off the list – we bought the stove today! (Thanks, Mom!)


Frigidaire Gallery

It is a Frigidaire Gallery – not fancy in any way – but we expect that it will shut off when you turn the knob.  Unlike our current oven.  We went with the floor model to save a couple of extra bucks and they’ll drop it at the curb sometime on Wednesday.

Along with that, we’ve scheduled the electrician to come on Thursday.  He agreed to drill the holes through the joists for us and he thinks all the stuff I want done can be done in a day pretty easily.  We are happy both on the disruption front and cost front for that.

And THEN, I got the email that the tiles will be at the distribution center on Wednesday.  There will be some interesting juggling to borrow a truck to pick them up yet be here to receive the stove.

Just another day of breaking the laws of physics.

I’ve been trying to sit down and calmly finish off the calculations for the cabinet door order, but I’m feeling really overwhelmed because this whole week just got REALLY busy inside of 3 hours.  I’m eating the elephant bite by bite, but frankly, I could use a box of chocolate chip cookies right about now.

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The garage ceiling is now open

A few things needed to happen before we could call the electrician over to add a few outlets:

  1. Clean out the dorm room
  2. Pull the acoustical ceiling tiles down.
  3. Re-arrange the garage a bit
  4. Pull down the sheetrock on a third of the ceiling in there as well.

Since the outlets he’ll be adding required a new circuit (yes – the kitchen runs on two circuits currently.  We NEED another circuit in here), he needs to run the line in the ceiling of those two rooms so he can end up in the kitchen.

We were also supposed to bore holes through those joists so he could fish the lines through easy peasy.  We’re thinking of calling him back for that – it is WAY crowded in those joists already with existing wiring.

The white area on the left is the bottom of our fireplace hearth.  Kinda forgot that would be in the way...

The white area on the left (at the top) is the underside of our fireplace hearth. Kinda forgot that would be in the way...

Either he needs to tell us where he wants them, or we’ll bite the bullet and pay him another 2 hours to do it himself.  Grrrr…

Right now, I’m covered in drywall dust.  My eyelids make noise when I blink.  That can’t be good.

Himself took Herself to the pool to cool off.  I think I’ll hop in the shower and then go take care of the butter emergency we’re having.


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Does organizing count?

We are making slight progress.  Mostly on the organizing front.  We needed to unload the dorm room (crawl space) so the electrician can come up through the floor and add/move a few outlets where we need them.  The outlet placement in this house – again, a function of that guy from the 70’s – is inadequate at best, weird at worst.  Electricity is the large reason that we’re doing beadboard backsplashes in most of the kitchen.  I figured it would be easier for the next person to pop them off if they wanted other electrical stuff done.    Or maybe I will.  Later.  When money is no object.

Some proof for you:

"Tiny" and all manner of her life's acquisitions A tiny girl surveying a fraction of her life’s acquisitions.

And the view of the lovely and neat work area the electrician needed:Electricians Workspace

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