Meg and Josh's Mudroom: Trial and Error

Renovation Diary

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Name: Meg and Josh
Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel
Location: Chinook, Washington
Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet

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Josh wasn't about to put our house in jeopardy and attempt to wire a new electrical panel box — we left that to the pros — but he did take it upon himself to wire new outlets, lighting fixtures and our work shed. Armed with our go-to electrical handbook, The Complete Guide to Wiring by Black & Decker, and the internet, he wired three new outlets and three lighting switches for three sconce lights, one recessed light and one pendant light.

Digging a trench to run electrical wires to our work shed.
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Wiring to the new panel box.
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It was a bit of a trial and error effort, with our first attempt failing inspection. Luckily, we were only required to make a few small changes.

Above: A mess of wires just hanging out. Below: Nicely organized wires - that are up to code.
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Unfortunately, living in a small remote town on the Washington coast means minimal access to services, so we had to wait a week before the inspector could come out again. It was a little nerve-racking waiting for the final word — if we failed, we'd be set back another week, and if we passed we could move forward with drywall. I came home and danced a happy jig when I saw that we had passed! I'd say that's pretty good for your first time wiring.

Attempt #2 - We passed!
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Next on the docket? We're installing drywall, mudding and sanding (our least favorite) and getting started on the built-in benches.

Estimated time for project: 8 weeks
Time remaining: 3 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #8 of Meg and Josh's Mudroom Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Meg Padgett)

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