First up, we'll do the thermostats boxes and the controller for the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) System.
Step 2 Instructions:
There's no box for these guys,
Step 3 Instructions:
just a mud ring that you screw to the studs
Step 4 Instructions:
I'm kinda weird, I notice things like crooked thermostats or control boxes, so we are really careful to make sure the boxes are installed level
Step 5 Instructions:
When you do something for Mom, you just put that extra effort in to make sure it's done right. It's like having a boss that can spank you.
Step 7 Instructions:
Once we have the controller boxes (sorry spoiler alert .... yes that's drywall) up and wired we can move on to the boost boxes
Step 8 Instructions:
These boxes are in the bathroom for the boost switch. Because we built a super insulated air tight house, poured in concrete, moisture becomes a problem. So in the baths, we have boost buttons that you can turn on while showering to pull moisture from the air.
Step 9 Instructions:
Those just get wired down to the the HRV units that will be installed in the garages.
Step 10 Instructions:
Next up is fire alarms. What's more annoying than a fire alarm with a dead battery? Well, these fire alarms will be hard wired right into the electrical so no battery is required. Ever.
All of the fire alarms are wired together and brought into the panel for hook up to the electrical supply.
It's a busy day of taking care of the little things, but we've got lots more to do!
Against all common sense, we ignored the little voice in our heads saying phone lines and network lines are going to be obsolete in no time, and we went ahead and wired the entire Momplex for network and phone lines.
We even put one in the downstairs, just outside the garage, just in case someone called while you were in the garage or downstairs. Crazy, I know.
And then in the main living room, on the wall we've designated the "tv wall" we put phone, network and satellite hookups.
Grandma does love YouTube.
By the time we were done with the electrical, there's a box everywhere you look. You can no longer walk through walls with the amount of wire and tubes and pipes pulled through the walls.<br /><p>So where do all those wires go?</p><p><br /></p><p>Well, just like the <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/02/momplex/plumb-day-one" target="_blank">plumbing where we have a main plumbing manifold,</a> and just like the <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/02/momplex/wired" target="_blank">electrical, where we have the main electrical panels,</a> we pull all the network, tv and phone lines to a media center box.</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gStD_XDAhBE/UTDp9-Mh9UI/AAAAAAAANvY/ILp5ThV5CUE/w470/low%2Bvoltage%2Belectrical00.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>The media center box is mounted on a downstairs central wall</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LipBXhH5tWM/UTDqjC6qZTI/AAAAAAAANxI/CYrlhDCO4Xc/w470/low%2Bvoltage%2Belectrical16.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>And then all of the wires are brought down through the floors</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nNpqUxgo8KA/UTDqo-j40rI/AAAAAAAANxY/Wd-tD7nC5Ww/w470/low%2Bvoltage%2Belectrical18.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>And into the top of the box</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z44jhBM06as/UTDqasrTlVI/AAAAAAAANw4/q9coYfz50jo/w470/low%2Bvoltage%2Belectrical14.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Where they are neatly labeled</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HUPF_qwftIw/UTDqoYvw1II/AAAAAAAANxQ/xUww0OhSTfk/w470/low%2Bvoltage%2Belectrical17.jpg" alt="" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: 16px; width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Just ready to be hooked up.</p><p><br /></p><p>Let's hope they get used at least for a few years!!!!</p><p><br /></p><p>The low voltage electrical was perhaps the most stressful part of the mechanical systems because it required much more thinking and planning. And head scratching. We are pretty darn excited it's done and we can move on.</p><p><br /></p><p>So how is your home wired? Do you have a network in your walls? Phone lines everywhere that you never use? What do you think - will there still be phone lines in ten years?</p><p><br /></p><p>PS - For those of you building away, <a href="http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-is-for-ana-white-ornaments.html" target="_blank">Jaime from That's My Letter</a> has made up <a href="http://ana-white.com/shop" target="_blank">Ornaments </a>to decorate your masterpieces! Check them out!</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vj0xWA5TDNk/UTAF13uaWAI/AAAAAAAAShc/eMC9W9C3HJM/w470/AW+ornaments6.jpg" style="width: 470px; height: 597px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Have a great weekend!!!</p><p><br /></p>