Monday, April 25, 2011

Wiring Mostly.

I have been pretty busy building on the house lately and all kinds of other stuff. Lately I have been trying hard to get my wiring to the rough in inspection stage. That is where all the inside wiring is pretty close to being done. It is the inspection that needs to be done before the insulation goes in and hides it all. I am just about done with the main branch circuits in the basement, living room, kitchen, loft. What I have left is some other misc circuits such as the washing machine, some outdoor plugs, wiring to the septic tank, my ground rods, etc. It does take some time. The wiring had me thinking for awhile there when I first started, but it is pretty simple once I get on to it. Maybe it's all gonna be right. I imagine I will be awhile yet though before I can start insulating, and covering the wall. The above photo is the smaller loft that I finally finished framing and blocking and permanently installing the subfloor.

The photo below is the top veiw. I'm not real sure what I'm going to do with this thing yet. I might build a walk way from the main loft and just use it as a little extra storage space or something. It sure is handy having it there for building and reaching the upper parts as I go. It is pretty close to 5 feet wide.

Here is a picture of the main loft from the small loft.

This is very first sheet of drywall that got installed in the house. Just needed a place for the breaker panel. I sure can't wait until I start slapping these things on, it will really start to change the looks of things when I do.

The breaker panel. The wiring of all the brach circuits are really starting to pile up.

Don't ask why I would put this picture in. I guess you could say this was pretty close though. That is my kitchen sink pail in my shack. I thought I should take a quick check to see how full it was getting to be. It's a good thing I did. I have never had it this full before, but I did one time dump a bunch of water in the sink when I forgot to put the pail under it after dumping it. That was kinda messy.

Anyway, I hav'nt been on much lately, I guess it might have something to do with the longer days and working on the house more lately. It dos'nt seem to get dark until about 8 or 9 probably. I don't even know for sure.

The weather here has been pretty nice snow melting weather, and the creek just started running pretty good a couple of days ago. Real spring weather has been kinda slow coming this year.


This is a personal blog, mainly for my own use. I am building a house with my own two hands, but I am learning alot of things as I go. I do not claim to know what I am doing, or if anything I do is even close to being done correctly or safely. So please, if you are planning on using any of my ideas or methods for your own use, please get professional advice before actually following through with your actions. I will not be held responsible for any injuries or damages of any kind caused by information or comments from this blog.


  1. It all looks great Mark. You're making lot's of progress!
    I like that smaller loft too.. I'm sure it will come in handy.
    Glad to see you made it through winter. :)

  2. Wow, looks like you are getting close to being able to move in. Does the good spring weather give you a chance to work on the place more or will you be too busy doing things outside?

  3. its coming right along isn't it? Why do you have to have so many inspections? Is that normal? Seems like your always waiting on an inspection or about to have one, or just had one.

  4. Thank ya Jeanie. I have had alot different ideas run through my mind about the smaller loft, it's just too soon to decide on things just yet. Jeanie, I'm glad to see you made it through the winter also.

  5. Hey Muddome.
    I think it will be a just a little bit longer before I move in. I'm thinking that once the drywall is in and taped, and painted (all the messy stuff), then I think I could maybe move in and kinda build around my living. I'm just trying to get in there before winter. As things dry outside, it is possible that I will periodically have to go to work, but things usually don't get real crazy until maybe another month or so usually. But each year can be different. I know one thing for sure, is that play time is on hold no matter how nice it is outside. I'll play when it's done. Or at least a little more done. I do have some things that I need to do outside too though, such as solar panels on the roof, siding, and some modifications to my ridge cap. Oh ya, decks, balconies, cement in the cistern. I got more to do than I thought. lol. Landscaping.

  6. Hello Sarah.
    Ya it is coming along a bit at a time. Certain things need to be inspected as I go, however, when the pros do it, they probably have a bunch of different things ready for inspection at one time maybe. I don't know, I'm kinda new to this, but it is quite normal to have the inpections done. It's mainly for major safety issues it seems. Once you cover all that wiring in, it is pretty hard to change it later, so I don't mind if they have a look at it and make sure it is all gonna work. I usually don't have to wait on them, there is always other things to do and they seem to be here the next day usually. I don't know about you guys, but we need to get our commercial trucks and trailers inspected annually too. Ya I guess we are always getting inspections.

  7. Your house is looking great Mark! I watch a couple of other blogs where people are building cabins or small houses and I have to say, man, I'm wondering if some of them are going to cave in the first year or are doing a great job. It's very neatly built and correctly framed. I'm sure your wiring will be fine. Only one piece of advise; put more outlets in than you think you need! lol! There are a couple of places I wasn't sure I wanted an outlet and now I wish I had put it there.

  8. I'm're wiring...I wish I were that far. It's looking great and that one piece of drywall is good motivation.

  9. Thanks Annie. I've seen some buildings like that also, (fall down vulnerable), but it's all good. I have found myselft scratching my head and wondering if I should put a plugin here or there. I guess sometimes it would just save time to just put one in instead of thinking about it. That's good advice.

  10. Hey CJ, anytime I'm making someone jealous has got to be a good thing. The wiring is taking a bit longer than I thought, as usuall, but it is mostly because of alot of different things that come up to interupt the process. Work meetings and courses, pickup truck breakdowns etc. I thought about you as I was wiring, as I understand you've had some experience with it. It's not all that complicated once you get into it though.

  11. After your winter I am sure you look forward to some spring fever and I hope you enjoy it..All work and no play ya know..