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Old 02-20-2013, 04:16 AM   #271
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Nice looking place. Your electrician must have been in the Navy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:51 AM   #272
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Nice looking place. Your electrician must have been in the Navy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #273
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Mike Holmes would approve.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:51 AM   #274
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Mike Holmes would approve.
I don't think so ! All Holmes's panels are horizontal.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:37 PM   #275
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I don't think so ! All Holmes's panels are horizontal.
Now that's just dumb. There's no way my electrician would let me install a panel horizontally.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #276
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I don't think so ! All Holmes's panels are horizontal.
I would love to see a real home inspector to go look at his jobs...
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:12 AM   #277
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Now that's just dumb. There's no way my electrician would let me install a panel horizontally.
It's legal in some circumstances. In Canada you can mount panels horizontally all day long. In the US, breakers just have to be up/on down/off, so you could use 1/2 the panel, basically.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:36 AM   #278
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Nice looking place. Your electrician must have been in the Navy.
That is what I thought when I saw the panel too!
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:36 AM   #279
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It's legal in some circumstances. In Canada you can mount panels horizontally all day long. In the US, breakers just have to be up/on down/off, so you could use 1/2 the panel, basically.

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Yeah I did a quick google search and found that the other day. Aside from looking dumb horizontal panels would be a pain in the ass to mount between studs.

The electrician doing the work (since you ditched me by moving to California) is extremely picky and has gone well beyond code in a lot of places. He insisted on adjustable boxes so they could line up perfectly. He insisted on using 12 wire everywhere including lighting. More smoke detectors than required..... You get the idea.

And the best part is that he works cheap because he likes the side work. He works on a lot of industrial stuff along with SCADA work during the day and enjoys getting back to the basics. He was using my Makita driver the other day and commented on how he liked it. He'll probably find one in his truck sometime soon.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:18 AM   #280
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Those are the people to keep happy and hang on to their number. It is always a good thing to peek in an electrical panel and have it look like a robot did it.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:01 PM   #281
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Yeah I did a quick google search and found that the other day. Aside from looking dumb horizontal panels would be a pain in the ass to mount between studs.

The electrician doing the work (since you ditched me by moving to California) is extremely picky and has gone well beyond code in a lot of places. He insisted on adjustable boxes so they could line up perfectly. He insisted on using 12 wire everywhere including lighting. More smoke detectors than required..... You get the idea.

And the best part is that he works cheap because he likes the side work. He works on a lot of industrial stuff along with SCADA work during the day and enjoys getting back to the basics. He was using my Makita driver the other day and commented on how he liked it. He'll probably find one in his truck sometime soon.
Well maybe when I move back you will finally finish that place.

The makita LXT stuff is awesome. I would have gone with Makita if I hadn't already invested in Ridgid li-ion stuff, but will probably make the switch to Makita or Milwaukee this year, as my Ridgid stuff is...tired.

Probably going to be back in NH in April, so if I am, I'll hit you up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:19 PM   #282
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Well maybe when I move back you will finally finish that place.

The makita LXT stuff is awesome. I would have gone with Makita if I hadn't already invested in Ridgid li-ion stuff, but will probably make the switch to Makita or Milwaukee this year, as my Ridgid stuff is...tired.

Probably going to be back in NH in April, so if I am, I'll hit you up.
Yes, I'm pretty thrilled with my Makita tools. If it's not Makita I usually go with Milwaukee. I cheaped out and bought a craftsman drill early on in this project and ended up launching it into the woods. That thing was a full on piece of shit.

Look forward to seeing you when you're here.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:19 PM   #283
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A few more pictures taken today.

The guys set up a huge drying rack in the basement to get all the trim painted. Most of it is up on the house now, but there are some stragglers. You can also see the propane heater in the back room. It runs for 30-45 minutes a day to keep the place at a decent temperature. There are still some gaps that haven't been foamed, the main door has a small gap under it, and most of the doors don't have hardware in, so they're full of little holes. Can't wait for it to be really tight.
From February 24, 2013


Kitchen lighting. 4 6" cans, 3 4" cans, and two pendants. The green rings are for ceiling mounted speakers. Those are 8" FWIW.
From February 24, 2013


We're almost done with the wiring in the basement. All the home runs are in, and as usual the electrician insists on neatness.
From February 24, 2013


This kinda shows how we wire to boxes that are built into the ICFs (basically anything on an exterior wall). We use a hot knife to do this and then fasten the box to the concrete with tapcon screws. The hot knife is a bit temperamental but I do my best to keep it halfway neat.
From February 24, 2013


The AV guy has got a fair amount of home runs done. This is near the
"brains" of the system.
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And this shows the trim going up.
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Sorry for the picture quality- lighting was tricky today.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:03 AM   #284
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Hey Adam, something to think about in that fancy new house would be installing receptacles with USB ports in them. They would be super handy in the bedrooms and kitchen counter. Check these out (seem like best design):
http://ecatalog.hubbell-wiring.com/p...s/WLDSB003.pdf
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:29 AM   #285
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Hey Adam, something to think about in that fancy new house would be installing receptacles with USB ports in them. They would be super handy in the bedrooms and kitchen counter. Check these out (seem like best design):
http://ecatalog.hubbell-wiring.com/p...s/WLDSB003.pdf
Rick suggested those as well. I just wonder if they'll actually get used. Nothing I charge has a USB charger for it; I'd have to go out and buy one. Do iphones come with one? New macbooks? ipads?

Also- do you have an opinion on undercabinet lighting? We've got two suggests from Rick and the cabinet maker... You could be the tie-breaker..
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