Category Archives: Electrical

First Principles Thinking In Action

Homer: Aw, twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut! Brain: Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts. Homer: Explain how! Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services. When my brother and I were kids, if we were trying to puzzle something … Continue reading

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Wiring Level: Acceptable

My work is done. Now to reward myself with a case of wine. – Helen Lovejoy I picked up a little steam from finishing the fort, and decided to pick something else achievable: closing out the electrical permit. The electrical has … Continue reading

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Arc de Harumph

Nothing to see here, just kneeling in front of the electric outlet appreciating Edison’s miracle! – Homer Simpson Remember the remodel? With the homeowner electrical permit? Well, the updated electrical code requires arc-fault protection, which is different from the more … Continue reading

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Chain Chain Chaaaaaain

Last time I checked, this wasn’t Worldwide Wrestling, and I checked five minutes ago. – Chazz Busby After I became embittered over tiles, I started working on the master closet. I had purchased a three-light fixture on clearance for it, but I … Continue reading

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Calculated Vintage Pan Light

It’s darker than a French chick’s armpit. – Random Hoodlum A while back, I picked up a paint-caked pan light off Craig’s List for $20. “FOR THE HALLWAY!” I told the Kev. “Of course it is!” he replied. He’s a … Continue reading

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Geemanetty!

Is “hell’s bells” a prayer? Because Daddy says it all the time. – Lisa Simpson I spent much of the weekend finishing plaster repairs in preparation for reconnecting the ground floor ceiling lights. My neck and shoulders did not thank me for the … Continue reading

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Electrical Rough-in: Not So Rough

Grade me…look at me…evaluate and rank me! – Lisa Simpson The electrical inspector was here this morning. Last night, we went on a wire-labelling and tidying spree, and each of us still woke up thinking, “Oh, we should have also…[something-ed].” … Continue reading

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The Trick is Knowing When to Stop

For the love of God, help me! I’ve been here for four days, and a turtle’s got a hold of my teeth! – Abe Simpson We opted to do our own electrical work for the loft remodel. Here’s our scorecard to … Continue reading

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Another Catastrophic Appliance Event

Ralph: I wanna be in the bake-off! Wiggum: There, there, I think your grilled crayon sandwich was delicious. Ralph: You only had a pretend bite. Wiggum: No, I’m eating it, look! Ralph: Can you taste the thumbtacks? Wiggum: Ah, crap. We … Continue reading

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Plug With a Wood Hat

After this procedure, you’ll have total closure. – “Moving On” Tech Our built-in cabinets in the living room have three ports for cords and cables. We tried to make these as unobtrusive as possible near the back of the unit. The … Continue reading

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