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Rewiring #1: Subpanel blues

07-21-2014 08:17 PM by Dan Lyke | 48 comments »

When we moved in, I looked at the wiring in the crawlspace, saw the ancient non-metallic sheathed cable downstairs, didn’t get huge warnings from the home inspector, and thought we were all groovy, if a little out-dated. The house was on a 60 amp fuse box, so we paid someone to put in a few utility circuits in the garage and deal with PG&E to put in a 200 amp breaker panel. He used the old fuse box as a junction box, ran some THHN through some conduit for each of the initial 3 ci...

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That old house #1: Old house - new kitchen

08-19-2011 03:55 PM by BillyJ | 5 comments »

I began this project a while ago and just now had some time to start writing about it. This is one of those projects that hold a surprise behind every swing of the hammer. Here is what I have to work with. It’s an older home. Built in 1939, it started out as a three-room house. Owner after owner left their mark. Unfortunately, almost all of the additions and renovation jobs were done by people who owned stock in fastener or plaster companies. The plaster is that good stuff –...

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House Renovation #1: A Family and Friend Renovation

02-22-2011 02:05 AM by chief101 | 3 comments »

My first adventure in refurbishing was in 1974. I added a 17×27 addition to my ranch style home in Northfield Village, Ohio. I built it myself with the help of friends and a few issues of Time Do It Yourself magazines. These were very popular at the time and extremely helpful. The addition had a cathedral ceiling, main room 17×19, exposed beam, an 8×13 laundry room, in ceiling stereo speakers, and recessed lighting. One wall 17ft was an all split brick fireplace. Mason Bill Swa...

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Solar Installation

06-03-2010 03:35 PM by ninefingersgrapes | 4 comments »

Now having a BP 10Kw solar array installed in back yard. I will NO longer be paying PECO 15.8 cents a KWhr, they will be paying me for my excess energy. Also thinking about wind too.Two inverters for the two banks of solar installed on my East wall. Array will be 130 ft long and stand 6 feet off the ground at its lowest level (SW-corner). Home Depot is the contracting agency for the BP array. PA state is giving a 30 rebate on the installation.

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My free air compressor is costing a fortune #1: The little woman got her new fridge today

11-08-2009 05:16 AM by Bothus | 2 comments »

I actually told the story about my free air compressor on Lumberjocks but since it has led to a kitchen/laundry room remodel I decided to follow up here. The short version is that I got a free air compressor years ago and it recently quit working. I went to Sear’s Outlet to see if they had any and ended up buying the little woman a new French door refrigerator that we were planning to buy after the first of the year. The new fridge wouldn’t fit where the old fridge was becau...

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Basement Renovation #2: Electric

02-12-2009 09:06 PM by zeddicus | 2 comments »

I had an electrician stop by today because I have the ceiling open and the electric panel is in this room. Also, I have wires running through the ceiling joists that are in the way of installing the projector screen by just a few inches… so close! Now I’m going to get a few things done that I’ve wanted to have done.1) Sub-Panel in the garage. This house was built in 1980 and has one outlet in the garage. That’s it. It’s a two car garage I might add. The el...

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