July 2009

Bedroom Update: Wired

by Josh on July 31, 2009 · 10 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

My bedroom renovation project passed the first of several inspections a little while back when the electrical inspector signed off on the wiring rough-in. For now, those new wires are sitting dormant until the walls are finished and the new fixtures and receptacles can be connected.  But the upgrade of the electrical box from fuses […]


A Better Detector

by Josh on July 17, 2009 · 7 comments

in Ideas

Admit it.  When is the last time you changed your smoke detectors?  Not  just changed the batteries, but actually replaced the detectors themselves? As part of my electrical upgrades, I had several new Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.  Although these new ceiling warts look about the same as the detectors we’ve all seen […]


How Kids Learn Curse Words

by Josh on July 14, 2009 · 11 comments

in Journal

When a two-year-old child writes on your wood floors with a permanent marker, you can’t help but learn some lessons. But how long does it take to forget those lessons?  For me, forgetting took just long enough for my next child to become two years old.  While I was making his lunch on Saturday, my […]


Who Turned Out The Lights?

by Josh on July 9, 2009 · 0 comments

in Journal

While the electricians worked on my wiring yesterday, I spent a couple hours without power in the house.  Then my web host got into the act and turned out the lights on my blog for most of the last day while they recovered from a severe hacker attack. If you tried to visit this site […]


Electricians’ Eve

by Josh on July 8, 2009 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Twas the night before the electricians and through part of the house I was marking outlet locations with help from my spouse… Since my last post, I received bids from four electrical contractors and selected one to work with me on the bedroom project upstairs.  Tomorrow the wires start running. If the electrical job simply […]