Well, I was really hoping to have new decking to show you today.
But the weather turned on us halfway through our decking project .... and one thing we know about living in Alaska is you have to pick your battles, and taking on Mother Nature rarely works out for us.
So we decided to put our decking project on pause, and move inside.
As much as we want to start throwing flooring down and putting trim up, building kitchens and closet systems, there's one thing we decided we should do first.
Install the electrical outlets.
Not nearly as fun, but it has to be done at some point, and having power accessible throughout the finishing stage will make work much more convienent and efficient. And once we put flooring down, we'll have to be much more careful about protecting the floor.
Hiring an electrician can be as much as $100 an hour, so as much as we dread installing the hundreds of outlets throughout the Momplex, DIY is the answer.
First step is to go down to the electrical panel and flip the breaker for the circuit that we are working on.
Even with the breaker flipped, you can double check with an electrical tester to make sure the circuit is dead.
Hook the wire so that the open end of the hook is to the right so when you tighten the screw, it tightens the wire down.
Tighten the screw.
The second screw is also a hot and can be used for daisy chaining multiple outlets together according to your electrical plan. Here, we just have a single black wire, so this screw can be simply tightened.
White is neutrel and pairs with the silver screws. As we did with the black hot, the white neutrel is hooked around the silver screw
And then the screws are tightened down, securing the wire to the outlet.
The bare copper ground wire goes to the green screw.
The ground wire is hooked around the green screw and the green screw is tightenend.
Then the outlet is secured to the box with screws.
And then the face plate is screwed on over top.
One down ......
A few hundred to go!
Where's my "I'd rather be decking" shirt?