Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wiring and Plumbing

The wiring, and most of the plumbing, is now in place for the new kitchen. The original wiring was all Knob and Tube, which was pretty much the standard when this house was first wired. The amazing thing is that it looked like almost ever room in the house had wiring running through the kitchen walls; and since we moved a couple of walls, much of it had to be rerouted. Mike, the electrician, came up with a plan for rerouting everything, though Pat, the contractor, says he was the creative genius behind the plan.

It sounds like the plumbing was a little bit complicated as well, but we were in Ireland for ten days and missed all of that. All of the plumbing for the third floor was run up through the laundry chute, next to the old pantry, and some of the radiator pipe ran up through the pantry wall. Since the laundry chute was knocked out with the chimney and pantry, we (they, actually) had to run the plumbing through the ceiling and down through the wall next to the dining room, which is also where a bunch of the wiring had to go. It seems that everything works fine. Time will tell, I suppose. Here are some pics:

This is a shot that shows where the mechanicals that used to live in the laundry chute are now routed through the ceiling.

And here's where all of that stuff meets up with the rerouted knob-and-tube wiring in the wall shared with the dining room.

Here's a shot of a row of outlets along a wall where the stove will live when we're done.

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