Thursday, March 21, 2013

Another House Update- Electrical

One doesn't really think about the convenience of electricity until you come across something like my house! Most of the wiring hasn't been touched since sometime in the 1930s. There were only four ceiling lights in the entire house. That certainly made us pause and think! But when the house was originally wired in 1923 most families didn't even own a radio to plug in!! The bedrooms and bath had wall lights, the kitchen and front porch had lights on the ceiling. There were probably one or two outlets in the bedrooms and kitchen. Thankfully someone had added more. But the bedrooms still didn't have lights and the upstairs bedroom had two plugs.
As you can see from the picture above, re-wiring is a bit tricky. It involves a lot of hole cutting. We ended up cutting eleven. All that wall patching I was telling you about is just the beginning! One nice thing, the plaster on the walls is hard! Like cement hard. We had to get out the cement drill bits after ruining a few. All the hard work is paying off! I now have ceiling lights in every room, including the tiny front hall!
 A few scary critters we encountered along the way.
 Old cloth covered wiring that is definitely not Fireman Phil approved!
 We also uncovered long forgotten electrical boxes for wall lights plastered over. They popped up all over! And most of them were still live.
This was in the attic under the insulation. Along with the mouse skeleton (in the lower left corner). Yikes!


  1. Reminds me of the wiring in my mother and father in-law's house. Every night when we would be visiting, I would always say a prayer that it all wouldn't go up in flames

    1. I know! We are very surprised the house hasn't caught on fire before!

  2. This reminds me of the house I told you about--with the wallpaper. It was built in 1936. It did have electric but all original wiring and certainly NOT enough outlets. Over the years, we changed all that. Do you know how to wire? Or, hold the ladder? We could sure use you here at the farm!
    Love seeing the renovations! Just love it!