Inspection Day

April 24, 2008


The last time “he” was here was July 2007, when my living room looked like this:


Today the room looks like this:


“He” is the electrical inspector and he visited my humble abode Monday! (OK, so my living room still needs work and a good deal of decor, but at least the walls are closed!).

I took him around the room and then to the basement. I showed him my work and we discussed my methodology.

Here is a photo of my circuit panel. Isn’t it beautiful?!


I’ve been very conscientious about labeling EVERYTHING. I tend to forget things, you see. I even labeled each feed wire with a description of the room and the circuit breaker number. This impressed the inspector. šŸ˜€


I even label the junction boxes with the circuit breaker number, and label the wires, as well. I will eventually be adding a few more circuits to this box, so I need to have everything labeled to avoid confusion.


I follow the codes stringently, and I keep my electrical work very simple and straightforward. For example, some electricians split their circuits using 12-3 wire, to save space and wire. I use straight-forward 12-2 wire and follow direct lines, even though this means a little extra work and extra wire. Actually, I don’t split circuits because I am not that confident in my abilities. The inspector said my methodology will actually work out to my advantage, because soon the town will be following the 2008 National Electrician’s Code (right now they go by the 2005). The 2008 requires Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters for all receptacles except the GFCI. The AFCIs are very touchy with 12-3 split circuitry (they flip off easily and it is very inconvenient). Read more about it here and here and here. It’s interesting reading. I’m not sold on AFCIs and will not install them unless I have to, to meet regulations. But thank God I am seeing some benefit to taking the straightforward route, as well as the “more is better” route. I use 12-gauge wire and 20 amp breakers only, so I’ve “futurized” the electrical system.

This is the reward I got for my job:


Wooo! Can you feel me beaming?? I am so happy to have everything “official.” Next in line is the kitchen. That room is a DISASTER.

There is something wonderful about studying and working very hard on something very difficult, and seeing that project accomplished. PLUS, it’s terrific saving all this money! I had a quote of $2000 from some electricians to wire my living room. Yet I spent about $200 for all the supplies, and I wired both the living room and the bedroom upstairs. I also was able to add a few worklights just where I like them in the basement, and wire up my washing machine on its own circuit. The possibilities are endless now!

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13 Responses to “Inspection Day”

  1. Leisa Watkins Says:

    Congratulations on passing inspection and on a job well done. Doesn’t it feel great?

  2. chilly Says:

    Very nice job! Great feeling when you pass an inspection, huh!
    I love how you done the wood work under the windows. Fine job indeed!!

  3. Handy Mom Says:

    YEAH!!!! I am glad for you šŸ™‚

  4. Daisy Says:

    I am so impressed that you could do that by yourself. Congratulations on passing your inspection!

  5. Sarah Says:

    Oh my. I am officially impressed. You are amazing! I kinda felt the same when, in college, I read the Chilton’s manual that went with my ’79 Mustand and replaced a radiator hose all by myself. It is a wonderful gift to have the courage and comprehension to be able to do things that are not typical “girlie” things to do. I’ll bet you have a great sense of accomplishment and provision in doing all that wiring AND saving a HUGE amount of money in the process. You go, girl!

  6. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    Thanks for your comments! It feels really great. But I’m only 1/4 of the way done yet! LOL….

    Chilly, I can’t take credit for the woodwork below the windows. The original builder did those, in 1855. We decided not to cover them. I have to paint them and etc. I have to blend the new with the old, so it looks a little funky, but… it would be too hard to remove the panels.

    Thanks, Leisa, Daisy, Handy Mom, and Sarah! šŸ˜€

    And Sarah, besides saving money and feeling great, doing this project has made us MUCH more spiritual, because we PRAY– sometimes quite feverishly– when I’m doing the electric. šŸ˜

  7. Lynne Says:

    WOW! I am super impressed! Electricity scares me, even though I know it’s a necessity. I admire your work!

  8. Jennifer Robin Says:

    We partially renovated an old house built in 1904. I say partially, because when the building dept told us we had to bring our electrical up to code before we could do anymore, we sold the house. Every wall in the house was board and batt. No studs, no voids in the walls to run new wiring, just inch thick walls of 1×12, with batts on the joints. I’ve never come across anything like it again, thankfully!

  9. Carl the renovator Says:

    Renovating is horrible work but little things like a successful inspection make it all worthwhile, well done, and I like your approach to wiring, keeping it simple is always better.

  10. Lisa Says:

    Awesome job!

    When you are done with your home, why don’t you come build one for us! šŸ™‚

  11. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    Oh Lynne, this post makes the process seem so easy. Check out the archives or do a search for “electric” and you’ll discover me going crazy at times.

    Jennifer, wow, I’ve only heard of those kinds of homes near the ocean– cottage-kinds of homes. WEIRD!

    Thanks, Carl. I didn’t know you were a renovator, too! šŸ˜€

    And Lisa– SUUUUUUUURE I’ll build your home for you! SUUUUUURE!! Please see this post first, k? You’ll find me there. šŸ˜‰

  12. Rebecca Says:

    YGG! I once worked for Lowes and started out as a cashier. I come from a renovating family so I wasn’t too happy with the position. Fella’s in the “Bull Ring” would tell me…”get back where you belong”…I told them that once I passed the test I would be “Ring Master” after that.

    One Monday morning they told me to get back up front…LOL I said “My place is here now and you better start talking nicer” šŸ™‚


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