Electrifying

In the lexicon of house construction, the phase that usually follows framing the walls is called “rough-in”. With the room’s frame in place, but before the final wall covering, the electrical, plumbing, etc. systems, are “roughed-in”.

We are framing and roughing-in the sewing room. The addition side of the new kitchen wall will have the washer/dryer hookups, including hot and cold water, electrical outlets and dryer vent. The electrical system was the focus of our effort this weekend.

New kitchen wall, viewing from the addition side

Legend:

  1. New light over the washer and dryer
  2. Washer electrical plug
  3. Dryer 30 amp electrical plug
  4. Existing light switches (to be moved)
  5. Data and cable lines
  6. New blocking to attach top plate of new wall
  7. End of the new wall

It’s going to be a few more weeks until we do the ceiling so we de-constructed about enough to get the current task done.

The original electrical system at 118 Henry Street was “knob-and-tube” and had a 100 amp breaker box in the mudroom. This means that the maximum electrical current that could be supplied to the house was 100 amps. That might sound like a lot but consider that central air-conditioning draws 50 amps, a clothes dryer draws 30 amps, and a typical electric water heater draws 30 amps. Bottom line, in the summer (air conditioning) we couldn’t do laundry (hot water and dryer) without the lights flickering and the breaker box overheating (50+30+30=110 amps). Not very safe.

A rat’s nest in addition to undersized

We had the electrical service professionally upgraded to 200 amp capacity.

Some of the best money we’ve spent on the house

The 2 images are approximately the same scale.

The next “rough-ins” are the dryer vent and the new water lines.