29 January 2015

Electrician update

So the electrician came yesterday to do his initial assessment.
It took us awhile to FIND an electrician because we wanted one who wouldn't be too alarmed by the questionable and most certainly unpermitted work that the previous tenants performed, but who would still assess and fix it. And be reasonably priced!
We went with some local dude my mom knows, because we live in a small town and of course.

There is some really.....suspicious wiring that we're finally taking care of. Like how one of our bedrooms is powered by an extension cord going through the wall. And how the washing machine is also wired to an extension cord. And so is the basement. And basically a lot of extension cords where extension cords really do not belong.
Plus the aforementioned upstairs room issues.
I was at work, Quentin was spraying the undercarriage of his mom's house with orange oil (like the good son that he is), so my mom showed the electrician around. She kept calling me to confirm quirks (oh yeah, that light switch works about half the time, but definitely not always. That switch GOES TO NOWHERE. No I don't know what that does).
I asked if the electrician was horrified. I heard him say, "Don't worry, I've seen worse. Well....not much worse."
So! The electrician is coming back tomorrow to begin fixing things.
Which is very nice because I am newly refreshed with worry about new things to worry about.

10 comments:

  1. When we had our bathroom and kitchen worked on a bit last year, our mild mannered 75-year old repair guy (who brought my youngest Matchbox cars and made us homemade fruitcake) looked at the wiring and said, "I'd like to find the guy who did this and punch him in the face."

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  2. Taking your time to choose an electrician is a very smart move. I am glad that you were able to find one that gave you a good price after a little bit of looking. It would be bad if you called out to come out, and all he did was look at stuff, tell you he couldn't fix it, and then charges you 100 bucks before walking out the door. A good electrician should be able to fix any suspicious wiring for a price within reason.

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  5. I am trying to install a ceiling fan in my living room. How do I connect the fan to the main electrical source in the room? It wouldn't do very well to not be able to use the light switch for the fan.
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  6. I am trying to install a ceiling fan in my living room. How do I connect the fan to the main electrical source in the room? It wouldn't do very well to not be able to use the light switch for the fan.
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  7. Thanks for sharing your story! My house has some pretty weird electrical work as well. I've been wanting to find someone to come in and fix it for the longest time. Were you glad that you went with someone local? I'm happy that this guy was able to help you fix all of your electrical issues!
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  10. Oh Jenny, what a nightmare of a house! I'm so sorry that you've had to deal with that. I've seen some home renovation shows on TV that deal with houses like yours and the dangers associated with improper wiring - or any improper home repairs - are horrifying. It just goes to show that unless you actually really do know what you're doing, doing your own electric, etc. is one of the worst ideas (even if you think you know what you're doing). I'm glad that you're finally getting your house fixed! http://www.mcdonaldelectricabq.com/electrical-repair/2584027

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