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Old 12-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #16
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Now that's the stuff I shoulda used.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:30 PM   #17
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Next up, this. 10 BX cables going into one piggybacked box. I'm running a new circuit for the basement lights/outlets and found out the existing lights are powered from this box, so I have to open it up to get the switch loop out.

A friend said it looks like Doc Ock from Spiderman.
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Last week, I ran a new circuit for the basement lights/outlets.

Before, there was one switch at the top of the steps (flipped up-side-down of course) with BX run into that Doc Ock junction box pictured above controlling that single light, and 3 outlet boxes, 1 for the sump pump and 2 others in horrible locations.

Now, I have one for the tankless water heater so it's not powered by an extension cord, one for the cable modem/router, one for the chest freezer, one for sump pump, and another so they are all spread fairly evenly throughout the basement. I also have 6 light fixtures with small CFL bulbs so the whole place is lit evenly. Oh, they're all on the same breaker, not spread across 3.

Long term, my goal is to clean up the circuits in the house so the breaker layout is more logical and replace a lot of the BX in the process. Doc Ock must go!!!

(for anyone that notices, I pulled the Romex down from the previous pic and ran it properly so it's not stapled across joists)

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Recent updates:

I bought 8 cans of Great Stuff Pro plus the Pro 14 gun and have been air sealing the basement and will get to the attic soon. We had several rim joist cavities that had 'breezes' blowing in from the outside that are now sealed along with about 100 other spots. I should know in a few days if it had a measurable affect on our furnace runtime from my datalogging I'm doing off the thermostat.

We finally got our 11 year old into her room. We laid ~300 sq ft of Allen & Roth (Lowes) Burnished Autumn Maple flooring in her room. The room color is what she wanted but it doesn't come through very well in the pics. The flooring is nice quality, very well machined. I finally bought an oscillating tool so I could undercut the door frames properly---love it, awesome tool to have.

As I do rooms, I've been replacing all outlets/switches with new ones. This room had backstab-only switches and outlets and I was able to pull the wires out by hand easily. Yuck, all are hooked/screwed now.
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Great thread!

While considering heat loss, have you taken a good look at the fireplaces? Are they useable?

Plugging our great-big-heat-draining-hole-in-the-wall-that-was-a-fireplace with an insert cut our heat bill considerably.
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Good God.....who did your floors? They look great.

Keep the pictures going....would love to see some outside pics.
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I did the floors myself, took about 4 days I think. Thanks. The upstairs is heart pine, that's the natural color, and the downstairs is just a thin oak overlay but looks decent except for stains in many places. The kitchen has Allure Ultra vinyl plank and the finished attic section has Allen & Roth laminate planks.

None of the fireplaces are active, all are closed off and have been for many many years.
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Doc Ock has a relative that lives around 3' away. I haven't pulled the electric tape off yet but I don't think there is a wire nut in there.
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Today I finally completely rid the living room circuits of BX cables and found zero insulation in one stud cavity. Down the road, I can see us having the walls dense packed with blown-in.

One outlet was tied into a circuit with the old basement sump pump outlet which was fed by a 3 conductor BX which had 2 110V circuits on one neutral.

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This is cool, thanks for the pics.

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