Top of the list here, is to move the circuit panel from it's eyesore location behind the stove on the kitchen wall....
|Note circuit panel behind the stove|
... to the more logical (newly created) utility room. This requires not only putting in a new panel and some rewiring, but also moving the electrical wiring on the outside of the house....
|Kitchen window on the right|
|Here's how they did it back in the day.|
We're not sure when electricity was added to our 90 year old house, but we only have 60 amps going in, which explains why everything flickers when something is turned on. It desperately needs to be upgraded.
The other thing that needs to be done, is to have the meter moved from the utility pole out by the street...
|Our electric meter|
... and attach it to the house as is customary! We are puzzled why previous owners never had that done, except perhaps the expense of the upgrade (this is not a do-it-yourself job!) As it stands now, the electric company is responsible for everything going to the meter. We are responsible for everything from the meter to the house.
|The line runs from the utility post, through |
the branches of several crepe myrtle trees
When we had estimates done for this job, one of the electricians recommended that we have the line buried. Good idea. According to the electric company, we first had to locate and preferable remove the old, buried, heating oil tank, which happens to be where the underground lines will go.
Like every other project, we always debate whether to pay someone to do it, or to save the money for something else and do it ourselves.
Dan finally decided to start on it himself. It's a round tank, 69 inches long, 48 inches in diameter, and partially filled; the oil level reads 19 inches on the measuring stick. All of this translates to heavy.
That's where we stand today. How in the world we're going to get it out of there, and what we're going to do with it (and the oil) after we do, is the current topic of discussion. After that we can get on to the fun part.
Ah, the joys of buying a fixer-upper.
Electrical Work Begun © June 2011