The Final Four

We had four final tasks left for the electrician before we could say “done and satisfied”.

We have entirely new electric service for the entire house which was a costly addition to the renovation.
We have entirely new electric service for the entire house which was a costly addition to the renovation.

They were just annoying little items that the electrician could do faster and better than we could.

There are 3 bell-shaped pendants over the kitchen peninsula.
There are 3 bell-shaped pendants over the kitchen peninsula.

No. 1 – Change out an outlet in the kitchen that the inspector discovered could not actually be plugged into. (I was careful to check all the other outlets to make sure they could be used.)

The outlet was replaced with one in which we could insert a plug.
The outlet was replaced with one in which we could insert a plug.

No.2 – Change the center light over the sink in the peninsula (again) due to a crack in the globe.

Another crack.
Another crack.

Now be careful everyone because these lights hang low and they are fragile.

Unfortunately, this entire fixture needs to be replaced when it is broken -- just replacing the glass is not an option.
Unfortunately, this entire fixture needs to be replaced when it is broken — just replacing the glass is not an option.

No. 3 – Replace the smoke detector from the basement which was chirping in a pattern to tell us it was faulty. (Yes, I changed out the battery and that was not the issue — wrong chirping pattern.)

This faulty smoke detector has been replaced with a working one.
This faulty smoke detector has been replaced with a working one.

No. 4 – Replace the two AFCI breakers with traditional breakers. These stupid  AFCI’s clip off the minute your back is turned seemingly for no reason.

AFCI breakers have test buttons and are very sensitive.
AFCI breakers have test buttons and are very sensitive.

Until they have perfected them we’re done with them.

No more faulty breakers.
No more faulty breakers.

So it appears that all our electric is working order and we have lots of light everywhere. Thank you and keep the lights on, Sparky. (I can highly recommend our electricians found here.)

Is there something in your house that’s not working correctly? Are you waiting to call the pro until you have a list of things?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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