You know how when you buy a new phone or a new tv, or any electronic for the matter, you have this nagging feeling that whatever it is, it's already outdated and there's something new coming along that's faster, easier, cheaper, better?
After we finished up the water supply lines, there's just a few things left before we can start putting drywall up. We've got to get the small electrical stuff run in the walls, things like thermostats and phone lines and networking cables and tv jacks.
First up, we'll do the thermostats boxes and the controller for the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) System.
There's no box for these guys,
just a mud ring that you screw to the studs
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
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.
So where do all those wires go?
Well, just like the plumbing where we have a main plumbing manifold, and just like the electrical, where we have the main electrical panels, we pull all the network, tv and phone lines to a media center box.
The media center box is mounted on a downstairs central wall
And then all of the wires are brought down through the floors
And into the top of the box
Where they are neatly labeled
Just ready to be hooked up.
Let's hope they get used at least for a few years!!!!
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.
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?
Have a great weekend!!!