Electrical predicament

Oh boy! I am not quite sure where to begin.

I am pretty much illiterate when it comes to electrical issues. I know where my breaker panels are, how to check if one of the fuses is blown, and how to change a light bulb. But that is pretty much it. I don’t have an understanding of the big picture – or how the system works.

Although we had the new electrical system installed in the garden unit, I had very little involvement in that. I answered the occasional questions by the contractor on the location of fixtures, outlets and switches. That was it. There was no learning potential for me, which is also why there is no blog post on the electrical installation in the basement.

It is now time for the 1st floor electrical installation, and I would like to take a different approach. I have two main goals:

  1. To be more involved in the installation and in that process learn about the system and understand how it works.
  2. Rather than making decisions on the spot during the installation process, I would like to think through the details for the electrical layout ahead of time.

This sounds very simple and clear cut. But how can I properly think through the details for the electrical layout without a good understanding of the overall system?

Well, it looks like I am back in the business of learning while I keep walking.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

1 thought on “Electrical predicament

  1. That sounds like a serious challenge. I hope you can satisfy your need for enough information to make reasonably informed decisions.

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