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tHerE’s nO rHyME OR ReAsoN

When this house was built in the mid 50’s there was no rhyme or reason to the layout – inside or out. Nothing makes sense in 2016 as it may have in 1956.

Trees and shrubs were planted too close to the house and in random places. There was no thought to the growing process it seems. Those small pine twigs are now stately giants swaying towards the house in every wind. Have you ever checked out the cost of having a tree cut down? Don’t.

Hanging pictures in the house took on the same sequence. H’s mom and dad carried on the tradition of ‘if there is a blank space – hang a picture’. It didn’t matter if that picture didn’t fit in with the decor or not. If it was the right size and shape it was a done deal.

The walls were dotted with tapcon screws, that when removed, left holes the size of a crater. Trying to balance a scheme to leave the least amount of patchwork made my brain hurt at times.

With no electrical outlets in the bathrooms my hairdryer shares a surge protector around the corner with a tv, pencil sharpener, and lamp.

Because there wasn’t the technology with electrical appliances in the 50’s as there is today, my kitchen has only two outlets – one on each side of the room. Not wanting to overload the outlet near the stove we snake the fridge cord around the corner to the living room outlet and no one is the wiser.

Yes, rewiring this house is in our future I’m sure. There’s also not much lighting in this old house. The bedrooms have wall sconces that are useless. Ceiling fans were added no later than the sixties from the look of them. Last weekend H replaced the ceiling fan in our bedroom with a new one sporting a light kit. Now we can see the cobwebs in the corners! Cleaning will be so much easier – when I get around to it…

Then he decided to replace the light in the dining area with a ceiling fan with a light kit so we can actually see what we are eating – when I cook. Hopefully it will also help stir the air in the almost closed in tiny kitchen.

After working for several hours and a day the fan was up and we were ready to check it out. Uh-oh…fan and light worked great, but we had no overhead kitchen light and no juice to the fridge. I’m amazed at how these circuits are all   connected. Two more rewiring tricks and we are finally in business.

We are going to run out of all those tricks up our sleeve someday…

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress.

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  1. I went through this with my father-in-law’s house. One of the first things we did was upgrade all the outlets and light switches, and check that everything was safe. My father-in-law was known to do some makeshift wiring, which made my hair stand on end just looking at it. The electrician was a worthy investment.

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  2. You need to make friends with an electrician! My niece married one and we were all so excited! New ceiling fans! Built-in surge protectors! Sadly, they split up before everyone had their load centres upgraded 😉

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  3. I love when you say, you need to pick your fights…sigh. The fan which is such a comfort, is up yet, there’s no juice, so to speak, in the fridge. Men are so delicate which can explain why they weren’t chosen to give birth. Doesn’t matter how old they get, we still treat them like babies. Another major sigh. By the way, I was 2 when your house was built. Triple sigh.

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  4. More electrical outlets, means higher hydro bills. … Not sure what a tapcon screw is? However we probably all share your pain?

    It’s possible an investment would be renewable energy, i.e. photo electric or wind.. Might help with power source problems. Yet really a larger box of about 200 amps. Would give you a boost? With a good electrician he could use the existing service box into a sub-panel? Then the remainder of your new service panel can be new circuits.

    In general life in a house built in 1950’s brings inevitable problems when fitting it into 21st century. Yet with the right designs, it could be very comfortable. Personally, I’m downsizing. I have to deal with a large storage unit. Yet that’s just money and will get organized eventually.

    Good luck, Cheers Jamie.

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  5. I’m glad that you try not to overload the outlets… that is so dangerous! I know it’s not cheap, but I encourage you to consider having your home re-wired sooner rather than later. It will make such a big difference in your quality of life. We have a (now completely remodeled) old home too. I was amazed how few outlets we had. Of course, now with so many things going wireless, that may be the wave of the future.

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