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Today’s Appointment: Electrical Outlets

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One thing is becoming abundantly clear, the next few months are going to result in a lot of appointments to make those little (okay, some of them aren’t so little) customizations that make this entire process most like the the fun part of the Sims.  These are things like Electrical/Telephone/Data wiring and Kitchen Cabinets & Counter Tops, and flooring/carpets.

Today’s appointment is to get a few “custom” electrical outlets put in so that we can add things like a wall mounted television.  This is separate from other electrical related appointments for one reason: It’s cheaper to specify them at this point than to do it later through the sub-contractor.  By cheaper I mean by $100 per outlet cheaper, which is not a small amount.  Fortunately, we still get the code-specified outlet every 12 feet without any extra charge, but if we want more than that (or to specify them in a somewhat odd place, such as elevated 5 feet off the floor) it’s far better to do that today than later.

There are two main places we are looking to use this option.  The first is in the rec room in the basement so we can add a wall mounted television if we so desire.  The second is in the kitchen in the nooks behind the cabinets, which will make adding in things like under-cabinet lighting much easier in the future.  It also gives us a place to plug in things in that awkward corner space that every kitchen has.  We’re thinking the Kitchen Aid stand mixer at the moment.

There may be other places we need to specify, we’ll find out as we walk through today.  I plan on bringing a tape measure to pace out a few 12 foot increments.

Update: Five in total.  Three in the kitchen (two by the counter, one over by the table for sewing, etc), one on the long wall in the living room, and one on the short wall in the basement.

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Written by Tarsus

August 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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