Monday, April 30, 2012

New circuits on the service panel

About six months ago, I had some licensed elctricians put in a new service panel.  I kept the 100-Amp service from the street, but got rid of the old Federal Pacific box, which apparently won't trip if you take a bath with along with your electric iron on AND your toaster.  The entire house in knob+tube (in decent shape) but there are a ton of splices in the walls and very few outlets throughout the house.

New electric panel, opened up.  I have a ton of experience working with electric, so this will be a piece of cake.

Adding circuits 11 & 12
Circuit 11 services the master bedroom
Circuit 12 services the hallway and middle bedroom (I have not wired everything there yet, so I will not be flipping the breaker at this point)

New 12 AWG Romex  leaving the box and headed for the 2nd floor

Here's a cool piece of trim that was "routed" to channel some old knob and tube back to the box, along the side of a floor joist in our basement.  Clearly, the previous home owners made an excellent choice by ripping this stuff out and putting in some mitered 1970's clamshell trim everywhere in the house. 

Electric panel all covered up. Official blue warning-grade tape.

New wall sconces!  I just threw this up there to see what it looks like.  These are vintage-looking, but I actually got them at homey d.  These really broke the bank at about $14 a piece.  Hopefully they will last longer than 5 or 10 minutes before they burn the house down.  Aesthetically, I just have to trust Dorothy on these.  Aren't those centered nicely on those wall moldings?

I caulked the nail holes on the trim, but I think I'm going to do a second round.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Headboard wall

Last night I installed the wall moldings for the wall that will "crown" the headboard of the bed.

When we were living in this room, we had the headboard of our bed against this same wall.  However, there used to be a 3' wide by 6" deep chimney that came through the floor (it vents our hot water tank and boiler) not centered in the room.  So there was this odd jog coming out of the wall, behind one side of the headboard.

Instead of working around this, I decided to accentuate the situation by extending this bump-out in both directions.   I wasn't sure of myself at first, but now its starting to look like a really nice design element of the room.  There will be new bedside outlets as well as bedside wall sconces when its all said and done.

View from center

Corner with wall sconce box

I think this is going to turn out nicely. I wish I didn't have to paint.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nothing says Easter Sunday like...

spending the day by yourself working on the house.  My life is on infinite repeat!

I'm making a three piece crown.  First, I'm attaching a 1x4 to the wall as a flat backer.  Second, I install the crown--flat against the ceiling and the 1x.  Finally, I put in a piece of ogee to cap the 1x at its base.  In the end, you get a pretty big and elegant crown molding. 

Watch your head as we head upstairs into the site

This is basically the only part of modern technology that is worthwhile

This felt a little weird crucifying the laser level on Easter.  I swear it was not intential

The bedroom door, aka: Golgotha

Trimmed window

I routed these stools, also had to glue them up to get the necessary depth.


I intend to bore you with the details

Three piece crown!
Its amazing how good it felt when installing the last piece.  The room instantly went from being a job site... to being a jobsite with crown!  ha!  In all seriousness though, it really did tie the room together.   This is giving me some momentum.