Thursday, January 16, 2014
But I like my electricity. It pumps our water, lights up our house, washes our dishes, and keeps the beer cold. Life without it would be doable, but not as much fun as it is with it. As important as it is, you would think I would have upgraded the whole system 25 years ago when I had more ambition and was still skinny enough to crawl around in the crawl spaces and attics. And because I only patched it up when something went wrong, I now have no choice in the matter. Make do won't do. It is time to go after it.
The image at the top is where all the magic begins. There are three other sub panels that feed off this mish-mash of electrical boxes. The system as it stands now was probably installed around 1960. My dad upgraded some, but like me, he only did what he had to to get by. One of the sub-panels is down to 4 circuit breakers instead of the original 6. At 15 amps each, it means we have to be careful about what gets turned on at the same time. One of the other panels is an old screw in fuse panel and well, I am getting fed up trying to keep it in fuses.
We are sucking more electricity than the system can handle. My wife's office is a perfect example. Off of two outlets, she is running two printers, a computer with two screens, a paper shredder, several lights, a TV, and a small heater. There are power cords running every which way. All this off an antiquated 2 wire system with no ground.
Gee, I can't wait.