While the electrician is updating and grounding all of my boxes, he's also figuring out the mystery switches. The reason the middle switch is gone is because it went to...nothing. Just like a lot of other switches in this house.
While this electrician bill is getting huge - I'm glad to know my house is safe and there's a way to turn everything on and off without setting the house of fire. I keep telling myself that, but every time I write a check I cringe.
Here's what I learned - this outlet is a 230 volt outlet. This allows me to run a larger air conditioner on the first floor; an air conditioner that can cool the living room, dining room and kitchen. When you shop for an air conditioner, the side of each box shows the type of outlet you need. Each box also lets you know how many BTUs the AC unit puts out per hour – cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour.
Too bad I didn't know all of this before I went shopping. Because I didn't have all the info I needed, I had to make a second trip to pick up an air conditioner.
Before going shopping to buy an AC unit:
1. Determine the square footage you will be cooling (length x width of the room)
2. Make sure you know what type of outlet you have.
3. Measure the height and width of your window opening.
4. Call ahead.
After doing the math, we determined I had just over 500 square feet to cool on the first floor. To cool this space and fit the outlet, I needed to buy a 18,000 BTU AC unit. I knew Home Depot didn't have one in stock, so before making another trip I called Sears and then HH Gregg. Have you ever tried buying an air conditioner during a week where the average temperature is 97 degrees? It's not easy.
When the electrician was fixing the wiring in the bathroom, he ran in to a snag - the plaster just fell off the wall. Since this was becoming an issue for our bathroom remodel, along with the huge bow in the wall, Dad decided to rip out the plaster and put up drywall. This also means that the medicine cabinet had to come out.
Kwikset deadbolt. There were several reasons behind getting this: family members, friends and servicemen can get into my house when I'm not there and I can't lock myself out of the house. You can set two codes, so I'll have one for my family and me and another for electrician/plumber/you name it. It's easy to change the code so I can change it anytime and I don't have to give people a key to my house.
When I bought a new door knob and deadbolt for each door (two regular, one with the keypad), part of the reason was that Kwikset boasted SmartKey Technology. I was skeptical when it said I could do it myself and even more skeptical when it said it only takes 30 seconds. They were right on both counts.
I love that I can re-key it myself! Otherwise I would have to use a different key for each door in my house. Ha, no thanks!
ps. Kwikset is in no way paying me to say this, nor did they buy these door knobs and deadbolts. I'm just really impressed with this product and wanted to share it with you!
Unfortunately, that's I got done on Saturday. Outlet covers still aren't on so I can't cover any outlets with furniture. This put a big snag in the unpacking plans and I left Saturday night feeling frustrated. I've owned this house for almost three months and I feel like I've done nothing and I'm still not even living there. The farther I get away from my settlement date of March 15th, the more frustrated I get. I'm trying to keep my eyes on the prize, but I'd be lying if I said this wasn't getting harder by the day.
I'm sick of not knowing where any of my stuff is. I'm sick of not having a place for everything and everything in it's place. I'm sick of being a slob. I'm sick of living out of my purse and car.
But! I am so thankful for my family who have been patient through my frustrations. My Dad has done an amazing job in the bathroom and while progress feels slow, things really are moving along! We're getting there! I'm already planning my house warming party!