Look! My Own Personal Cord Catastrophe

Look! My Own Personal Cord Catastrophe

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Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 29, 2010

We're usually concerned with hiding or artfully displaying our wires around these parts, but that said, I have a confession to make. The photo above is from my own home. Gasp! No really, it's a sad but true statement as my husband and I are currently making do with 2 main circuits and 4 outlets. That includes upstairs and down. So what do you do when home wiring issues arise? Do you DIY or call for help?

The man who lived in our home before us fancied himself a handy man. So far we've found extension cords in the ceiling (with roll on switches no less), exposed live wires and wires that go to... well... absolutely nothing. We've been working diligently to take care of all the hazardous situations and start in on reworking our breaker box so it looks a little less like a transformer, but in the mean time, the outlet situation remains a bit ugly.

Have you done your own wiring? Did you turn to resource books and manuals or did you just straight up call for help? We know the sane thing would be to start completely from scratch at this point, but that's just not in the cards, or rather budget. So here's to hoping for some awesome reader suggestions on where to turn for a little help, because we're going to need more than our This Old House Book.

Chime in with your suggestions in the comments below!

Image: Sarah Rae Trover

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