Swiss cheese house

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Swiss cheese house
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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 6:41pm

We're having the house rewired, so long knob and tube! Unfortunately the electrician has had to make some holes in various walls in places where the wire cannot be pulled from the attic or the underhouse crawl space. Each hole is a little under 5" in diameter, large enough to get his fist in and out with some wires in it. Most of the walls are lath and plaster, 2 rooms have drywall. Even more unfortunate is the fact that we had plaster repair work done less than a year ago, then painted. The rewiring just wasn't on our radar at the right time and we hadn't yet met this electrician. Anyway the plaster guy has been notified that we will need him, as soon as the electrician is out of here plaster guy will come give us his bid.

What surprised me is how quickly I forgot about the mess and disruption! The first day, I didn't even have drop cloths over the furniture (big whoops). I'm already sick of useless cleaning. We clean one night just to have the mess back the next morning. Hopefully he can finish in one more day...

Romex? Grounded plugs? Wow, I feel so ---modern---!!!

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Registered: 04-19-2013
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 1:44am
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 2:15pm

I sympathize with the mess. Been there, done that and NEVER seem to have it under control, even with drop cloths and plastic sheeting acting as barriers between rooms and...

Makes me think of all the times our city has repaved a road, only to have a utility come out and dig a hole in the new pavement to fix something or upgrade something else, so the city has to come back and repave the patch. Never is quite the saem after that patch though. Fixing holes in drywall isn't such a big deal but plaster! AAACK! Hope replastering is more satisfactory...

Look at it this way though. Now your wiring will be safe as well as efficient. Old wiring can be a real hazard...

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 8:01pm

The electrician finished all of the inside work. He'll return on Saturday to do a few outdoors odds and ends. They cleaned up after themselves, sort of, but still a lot of work for me.

Plaster Guy came by today to assess the damage. He was impressed by the nice holes, said that a lot of electricians will just tap them out with a hammer which leaves a jagged hole that can be hard to patch. Our guy used a circular blade. PG will patch the plaster with circles of drywall. He doesn't think it will be a very hard job, he joked that setting up the protective plastic will take longer than the patching. He might even be able to do it this week, or next. If so then I may wait on some of the cleaning I had planned to do.

Then all of the patches will need to be repainted. Dh thinks he can do it, I'm tempted to call the painter. PG will get his bid to me by tomorrow night, that may determine who does the repainting LOL.

I think that this is it for renovations for a while...not counting gardening, which I like to think of as "a work in progress". The exterior of the house will need to be painted within a year or two, and the backyard needs a major re-do. I guess we know where most of my disposible income is going!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 04-24-2013 - 12:52pm

How lucky to have a "neat" electrician! And that your plaster guy can patch with drywall. YAY!

Can you easily match the paint or will the patches show? It makes a lot of senese ot paint the entire wall but...

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 04-24-2013 - 2:34pm

"Can you easily match the paint or will the patches show? It makes a lot of senese ot paint the entire wall but..."

Our plaster guy is really good, I'm confident that he can trowel the mud and match the texture so that the patches are hardly visible. And we have leftover paint for most of the rooms, as they were just painted last fall (which is why I don't really want to repaint entire walls). Whether dh can feather the paint well is another question, which is why I'm tempted to have the painter come back.