All Grounded

7 Jul

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‘ve been working on a lot of the details this week at IBB. One of these projects has been replacing and grounding all the outlets in the house. Here you can see one such example (sorry about the cruddy pictures, but I was crouched behind my fridge). This particular outlet happened  to be one of the few in the house that already had the holes but I replaced it anyway so that all the plugs would match. Once I figured out what I was doing it went pretty smoothly. I also replaced all the switches and converted most of them to dimmers (which are way overpriced).  

Additionally, I have replace the quarter-round molding along the baseboard in the kitchen and added hardware to the cabinet doors. Doing all of this is going to force me to do lots of touch-ups on the white since the hardware was anything but easy to install correctly.

Here is a look at the new hardware:

and here is the baseboard with the quarter-round re-installed:

I also tried to replace the power cord on vintage toaster… then it zapped me and started on fire when I plugged it in.
I’ll get back to you on that.

I do have two more outlets to do but I have to replace them with GFCIs since they are close to water and GFCI outlets are also overpriced, so I’m going to wait on those. This weekend I’m going to continue to focus on unfinished projects here is my to do list:

Complete the kitchen backsplash
Second coat of paint on countertop
Purchase a sink mat
Complete organization of basement
Begin and finish attic clean-up
Purchase and install outlet cover in the living  room
Hang new curtains in the living room and bathroom
Hang hooks in second bedroom closet
Organize under the kitchen sink and install cork shelf liner
Re-pot houseplant in the dinning room
Purchase new frames and hang paint-by-numbers in the living room
Purchase picture hooks and hang mirror in living room
Replace glass in living room coffee table
Purchase and install new doorbell
Recover dinning room chairs
Finish stripping and re-install heat grates
re-install toilet paper holder in bathroom

I know that looks like a lot but they are really all small jobs and I can get a leg up on a few of them after school tomorrow. If I complete all of these tasks this weekend then the only thing left to do will be to paint the cellar stairs, the front porch, finish off the board and batten panels in the bathroom and sew the roman shades for the kitchen. Then that’s it! Phase One is complete! Horray!

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4 Responses to “All Grounded”

  1. Jayne July 8, 2011 at 12:20 AM #

    That’s an impressive to-do list!!

  2. Dr. Jacobs July 8, 2011 at 1:04 AM #

    We are (or I should say Mark is) working on electrical too. What a headache. Kudos to you for tackling it.

  3. Karen Anne July 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM #

    Ha, ha, ha, ha. Sorry 🙂 I don’t believe I’ve ever actually started a fire, but in some inexplicable fit of frugality I once decided to save the power cord from some small appliance before throwing it out, carefully checked to be sure it was unplugged, and then cut through it with thankfully plastic coated handled big scissors. Unfortunately, the cord I had checked was to something else, and the scissors wound up with a hole the size of a nickle melted in the blades 🙂

  4. BiGTOE September 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM #

    A fire, successful grounds and a massive to do list….sounds like home ownership to me. I’m happy to be following your blog now! Soon, Rin and I will have our bungalow too and we’ll swap DIY project ideas…

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