“It’s electric! You can’t see it…It’s electric! You gotta feel it It’s electric! Ooh, it’s shakin’ It’s electric! ” ~Electric Slide/By Electric Boogaloo
Yeah. So there isn’t a whole lot that’s exciting about electric. Except for the fact that without it my world comes to a halt. It’s the silent necessity.
But none the less, I thought I would do a quick blog about it, because, after all, IT’S ELECTRIC and without it my little pink abode could not function.
So we knew when we moved in that our electric would need updated. It was original 1959. Fuses. Not breakers! We BARELY made it to closing with our insurance company. Who made us PROMISE to get it updated. We had several estimates done via the good folks at Angie’s List. And after I grabbed my heart up off the concrete we decided at this time we could not financially afford the full 10k make over.
Yeah. $10,000 to bring this electric up to code. Apparently, in 1959 they did not care if wires were grounded or not. They did not know about three-pronged outlets and they certainly did not care if an outlet was directly above a base board heater. Apparently by today’s standard this is a no-no.
Whatever 2012! I do not care for your fancy codes!
So we had them do a mini make over. They converted us from 100 amps to 200 amps and switched us from fuses to breakers. Fancy, eh?
That’s just how we roll folks. Cutting edge we are!
So Mr. Electric arrives at 8 a.m. (No, I am not being sarcastic, that’s the company name!) Electric went down at 9 and I had to go find something to do with myself until work. I chose to go shopping. I mean, I had too, right?
Out went the old, which he said was actually in very nice shape for its age:
And in came the new!
Holy Cow! It’s the mother board Batman!!!!!
Isn’t she pretty?????
$1800 dollars later and we now have lots of room to grow. We will eventually re-wire the entire house. But not in the immediate future. That’s for sure.
He also took off the old wires from the outside of our house that were simply imbedded in our stucco. He replaced them with this lovely metal pipe! Brilliant!!!
And the new:
I LOOOOOOVE IT!!!
So yeah, there is not much exciting here. No brilliant transformations. No lovely before and afters to wow ya with.
Oh, yeah, there is this:
Mr. Electric did not head our advice to NOT pull his truck around back. Our yard is deceptive. It’s very wet, very steep. We know this because we almost toppled our moving truck and still have ruts left over from a year ago! (They are a joy to hit on the riding mower by the by!)
But alas. He did not listen…And now my yard looks like a Motor Cross track!
Well. He looked miserable and clearly felt terrible. I found it hard to even be upset with him. He was here until 9:30 p.m. finishing up and cleaning up his mess. I was about to hand him a sleeping bag and invite him in for a sleepover!
It took three attempts to get his van unstuck.
He gave us about $350 dollars worth of free upgrades. An electronic surge protector and a nice grounded outlet for Brian’s man cave. He also said he will return to fix the yard. We hope he does, but if he doesn’t, we aren’t too stressed about it. It’s just grass!
And now we have a little more peace of mind as he did do a fantastically thorough job on our electric!