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Our house was added on to by the owners over time, so the wiring looks like it was done by a crazy person. If you look at the map of it things make almost no sense. Basically every electrical thing, including the phone line, looks like a game of chutes & ladders. Repairing anything is a herculean task even for experts. On top of that the attic is so tiny that none of us can fit in it & a lot of wires are in the attic. Because people used to be smaller 100 years ago when the base of the house was built.


Reggie should pursue a career as a safety inspector. He’s so hazard prone and attentive to detail that he’d be a natural in finding questionable/hazardous changes to standard protocol

I suspect given how he acted during the “ghost hunting” that he had been one of these, but was asked to do something else because he was too prone at tripping the safety traps he was finding. Sure, he caught a lot of code violations, but he was clearly risking his life to do it and his father was not happy about that.

You may have weird wiring, but do you have eternally creaky floors due to the people who put them in using the wrong nails? Let me tell you, they are an absolute treat.

The floors are wildly uneven in some parts of the house & it gives me a fun house effect sometimes.

A friend of mine live in a flat whose floor is so fucked up he has to put wedges under every piece of furniture, otherwise his cupboard won’t open because the door would be blocked by the floor, and the fridge won’t close because it is tilted too much.

Reminds me of that Winchester woman who was convinced the spirits of those killed by her family’s guns would hunt her down if she didn’t keep having building works done on her house.

What could building works have to do with the vengeful gun-dead?

I think her,…um…reasoning (?), about the ghosts was- if she built a small bedroom in her house, for each ghost that was killed by a Winchester rifle, then these ghosts would live in peace in those rooms, + leave her alone.

I think she said something like that.

We added sheetrock to the ceiling in my moms room to compensate for the existing ceiling board that was sagging between joists. On one end of the room I could put screws in the ceiling standing flatfooted on the floor-other end, I needed a stool.

The house I spent some of my most formative years in had been built on bedrock… on one corner. Another corner was built near a potential sink hole. 300 years later, when we moved in, one corner of the kitchen was a full three feet above one of the adjacent corners. The other two corners were at heights between them.

As it was built over 350 years ago, but it was in what is now the US, the people who made it were a bit … architecturally challenged. The original house was a simple box cabin, but none of the walls are the same length as another. The floor slope in the room above the kitchen was less, because the exterior walls were also not consistently the same height. It’s conceivable the house was built with a sloping kitchen floor, just not one that sloped quite as much as it did when we got it.

The rest of the house was added later and is built to more conventional standards. The attic above the kitchen was even less sloped than the room below it, and other rooms in the house were not sloped. The overall exterior was still no sides the same length and no actual right angles on the corners of the house, because they had opted to extend the original structure rather than start over. However, the angle between the walls and the floors were at least right angles.

There’s a completely new structure there now, as the people my father sold the place to decided to raze it to the ground and start over. Sure, it was the oldest building adjacent to the town it was not quite in, as it was built 10 years before the town, but not everyone wants to preserve history, especially when it requires putting up with such oddities. Also the sink hole was getting worse and fixing it all but required demolishing the house a bit.

To be clear, Blayze below describes a worse house situation, at least from a long view perspective knowing that the sink hole never went terminal. The house I’ve described here didn’t get electricity until the owner before my parents who had it installed sometime in the 60s. It could have been done better, but it wasn’t horrible, and all of the appliances that had come with the house were sturdy and reliable. It did have a death trap refrigerator, but to my knowledge nobody ever tried playing hide and seek inside it while it was in our home. I believe the door was removed when it was eventually discarded.

My home construction story involves a passthrough (hole in the wall to see and pass things through) in the kitchen. The owners before us didn’t like the look of is and patched up the hole badly. Very obvious indent once you noticed it, drove my mom nuts. Finally she got some folks in to do it right, and of course they sold the house two years later. A year after that she’s chatting with the new owners, “oh, and we’ve decided to put a passthrough in the kitchen. The guy came by last week for a quote.”

Mom asked if the worker had noticed the hole was already there, since it had been patched flush but the space still hadn’t been filled in or anything. He had not. They got someone different to do the job.

My Dad did quite a bit of the wiring in our house…When I was growing up, this used to impress me. Now that I know something about electricity, I’m mildly impressed the house hasn’t burned down yet ;)

Ah another in the fold asking the question in respect to their fathers “What the Heck were they thinking?”.

Put in a breaker panel to replace the original screw in fuse panel which was a nightmare, even for the licensed electricians who did the install and I disconnected/pulled/peeled a whole lot of bad wiring from the basement, attic and garage.
Industrial oil/water resistant power cord does not good house wiring make.
It tends to go all apple crumble due to age and heat.
I still find wire stubs that are live and I have no idea where the other end is.

Thirty-five years ago, my parents bought their house; they were in a rush to get moved in, because mum didn’t want to give birth to me in the old house, with all its problems.

In doing so, they never checked for problems, and over the next thirty-five years, a combination of factors–dad being useless and thick, and mum not wanting to deal with builders on her own–resulted in her recently having a massive emotional breakdown over… well, over everything.

She even tried to kill herself (Which we later learned was the third time she’d tried).

We’re trying to fix everything we can with the house, but it’s a massive job. There’s basically no window in the house that doesn’t need something doing, the utility room and disused outdoor toilet need knocking down, the kitchen needs an extension so there’s space to put the washing machine (currently to get into the utility room, you have to squeeze past the fridge-freezer).

So far I’ve sorted out a replacement cooker so they don’t have to open it with a knife (The gas stopped working properly recently, meaning it only had two settings–maximum and off), a replacement fireplace so they don’t have to turn it on with a match (No spare parts for one that old), a microwave for until the new cooker arrives, some builder visits for quotes for things, and a plumber to confirm to her several times that there aren’t any lead pipes in the house.

I wish she had decided against an extension (Or called the builder a “wide boy”); muggins here is going to have to deal with all the planning permission rubbish, and we could’ve just had the kitchen redone to fit the washing machine next to the cooker and move all the cupboards to the opposite wall (It’s a small and narrow kitchen).

So I guess the takeaway here is that if you wait long enough, someone else has to fix your problems for you.

I’m willing to run electricity. I’m not good at it, but I know how it’s done, and I know how to watch a video / ask an electrician for advice. It’s not really all that complicated if you know the math, but it’s dangerous.

That having been said, the most difficult power line I’ve ever run absolutely PALES in comparison to plumbing. I will choose electricity over plumbing every day of the week and twice on sunday. I would gladly run the risk of death by electrocution as long as you don’t make me solder pipes and install toilets.

Ah good ole copper pipe. All the modern stuff is that flexible reinforced stuff that you only have to deal with fittings once you cut things to the correct length. Fittings that require the correct tool to crimp properly. So no soldering or hazardous glues/solvents …. well for water feeds anyways. Drain lines are still a pain.

I find the last few pages basically summarizing what we just saw very redundant.

There’s a whole internet full of other content just a click away. See you around.

I heard Smedley the dog laughing at your response. Been a while.
(Whoops, guess its Muttley) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJGUSrL63jE

I’m enjoying seeing the interaction between Reggie and his Dad. The character development and insight to what makes Reggie who he is adds to the overall story … at least In my opinion.

We live in a mobile home that was built as quickly as possible, and without the proper planning. Because of this the house’s electrical work is set up like a power rangers villain designed it and their evil plan is make the house useless. One room doesn’t even have power now, and we can’t figure out why, despite my pretty solid skills at electrical work. What I’m saying is, I understand your frustration.

About a year after we moved into our (previous) house (we’ve moved since) we had a professional electrician rewire the entire place. Turned out that although there were three-prong sockers everywhere, none of the grounds were grounded. We ented up with more outlets in more places as well. The whole project cost about $3000 Canadian and was well worth it. That was in 1985 dollars; there’s been inflation since.


I was really happy that it was all feasible. Felt confident about the electricity ever since.
The electrician told us about the ancient 1920’s era wiring that was designed for a lower voltage than is in use now.
Very happy to have all that safely discomnected.

Ah, OK.
My money’s a little tight, right now.
The mention of a bill, of $3000, really spooked me.
This week- you know that I’m being spendy, when I buy someone a Whopper meal, + a $2 ice cream sundae! :)

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