Can you See the Light?


Okay, I admit it, I am a Blues Brothers fan and could not resist using that reference for this post.

When we first started this project all of our light came from a lighting system Rick rigged up and it was pretty useful when we were at the framing stage. It got harder after the insulation and near impossible after the sheet rock.

firing strips

Using power tools was possible because we had a bazillion extension cords crisscrossing and weaving from one room to another. I can’t tell you how many times I tripped over the cords or how many times cords got caught on materials when we were in the middle of using them. But, I am happy to say those days are over!


Once the painting was complete, I decided it was time to put some of the finish work in the front of the “to do” list. I wanted it to look more like a house and less like an endless job site.

Paint final

Before beginning the final on the electrical, I put all the materials that would not be needed in another room, determined to be able to go from point A to point B without having to walk through a maze of stuff.


Rick gave me a quick tutorial on wiring duplexes (outlets) and switches. I had done wiring before but it had been over 30 years ago so the refresher was appreciated. I did all the singles and he did the doubles and triples.


It’s a handy skill to have…and I could probably start my own handy-woman business after this. There is quite an interest in handy women around here! As tempting as it sounds, I’m retirement bound and I think I’ll pass on doing a start up business.


One of the things I have noticed in all the places I have worked is crooked switch plates. Just like the guy who notices the crooked picture and adjust it so it’s straight. Except, you can’t easily adjust a crooked switch plate. It takes more time and care than straightening a picture. We didn’t want crooked plates so all of ours were checked with a level before going to the next one. The other problem we ran into was the electricians who installed the duplexes and switches were not consistent in their placement and then the sheet-rockers came behind them making it difficult to change their positions. Some of the screws would not fit correctly…too much space which makes it wiggly. If you have ever pulled out a cord and saw the outlet move, you know what I’m talking about. There should be no movement at all. Nowadays they make spacers to fix this type of problem. In all of the outlets and switches we did, only three did not need spacers.


Laundry room hook ups and duplexes.


The lights were relatively easy to install, only one was challenging because the wires were quite short. We took an additional step of taping all wires to make sure that we wouldn’t have a short from any wires touching.


Can you see the light?

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These will no longer be needed. Yay! It’s so nice to turn on a switch and have light or to plug into any outlet for power. The bathroom fans are awesome…and super quiet!


we are currently working on the kitchen cabinets…the house is starting to really look like a house and we are thrilled!