Friday, June 27, 2008

This Olde House - Bathroom Wiring

After my first experience "firring" the bathroom wall, my father came over and goofed with the wiring. The goal was to install a new fan (one that is the opposite of the old one - something with a light, that is quiet, and modern,)wire up a new outlet (to the right of the sink,) and change the old fading switches to new white ones. Unfortunately, the ancient wiring stumped Dad. And it didn't help that I had bought the wrong kind of switch for the fan.But tonight, after work, I ran some additional wires. First, I realized that the OLD vent only had a fan, no light. And it only had a single line going to tit. The NEW vent has a fan and a light, and it required an additional. Which meant not only a hole through the ceiling joists, but a fun-filled trip into the attic and a sweaty fishing adventure through aging insulation. But somebody has to do it, and it might as well be me. After a lot of sweating and much cursing, the deed was done. And the first picture shows the new yellow line dipping into the blue box.
After I ran that line, I drilled through the studs and ran an additional line for the additional power outlet. The trick on this one was that I had to go through the two studs in the corner. Part luck, part grim determination, I lined up the holes, curved the line like a fishhook, and slowly threaded it 45 degrees through the holes.The second picture shows the line terminating in a new metal workbox. That's my father's call. He said to do it because the old wiring doesn't have GFC, it needs a metal box. And trailing below it is an additional connection, but only the copper is connected, and it connects to one of the new copper pipes.Also, looming in the top of the second picture is a new blue box, for the lamps above the medicine cabinet. Really hope I measured that one right!Ultimately, the walls go up tomorrow. If this doesn't work, it won't be pretty. But I tried. That's all I can do.

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