i may not be able to complain about the electricity soon. some chinese electricians are stalking the hallways and when i inquired we were able to come to an agreement in broken english that "new line" was in the offing. i just hope it doesnt come with a rent hike. unfortunately ill have no one to blame but myself. well, thats not true. its certainly the cajoling of the landlord across the street thats making it happen and he is responding to my eyerolling comments about the paucity of power, but i explicitly said we were fine with it if it meant the rent stayed as is. so ill be pissed at him for meddling and at myself for not keeping my big mouth shut. it probably wont happen but i wont be shocked if it does.
i may have to apologize again if im wrong but this landlord is too much, or actually too little. in an effort to make this power upgrade as cheap as possible he has basically said to hell with aesthetics and run the power lines outside the walls in the hallways. as uglifying as that may be i was generally ok with it as i dont have to look at it much until i realized that that would extend inside the apartments as well. he isnt uniting the new powerlines with the old outlets as far as i can tell; they are installing new outlets outside the walls! so all the metal piping will be exposed. as i said, be careful what you wish for if your good fairy is a cheap jew.
raw round metal conduit ? is it at least along the baseboard?
did he pull a permit and post in his window ?
now that im thinking about it. he is not replacing the lines just adding more to augment. one of the electricians when i asked said theyre installing about 8 new outlets.
ugh. up early and nauseous thinking about the apt being butchered today to say nothing of the tumult and unwelcome guests. i expect no subtlety in their craft and gaping holes as a result that will require more badgering to redress and that will ultimately be patched no less poorly in no due course. fucking clusterfuck awaits.
take pictures and post them. get out the vacuum cleaner and follow them around the house.
so it begins. they may be electricians but they are clueless about minimizing the impact of the conduits. maybe its because they normally go inside the walls or maybe they just dont give a shit. correct me if im wrong but i think id rather have the conduits running just above the baseboard and the outlets nearer the floor than have them run along the ceiling and then down?
then they wanted to put outlets dead center under the window sills which are moulded wood rather than a 18" to the right on unassuming stretches of wall between the window and the corner of the room.
first step is a circuit box connected to the wiring above the front door. as ugly as those are at least its going in the anteroom just beside the entrance where it is least visible.
start buying some new electric appliances to celebrate your new connectivity.
just to demonstrate how questionable is their judgment. i have cheap shelving in the kitchen of the sort in the picture that abuts a wall. rather than suggest i move it so they can run the conduit down a corner they were going to pipe around the front edge of it.
rest of the day spent fretting that i havent got enough new outlets. the second they were gone their failings were obvious but while they were working i just didnt want to hover and get in the way. not my money, etc.
the kitchen will be well covered but despite putting a junction box in the bathroom they didnt run an outlet from it. i made it plain that it was needed so maybe its forthcoming. also, the ran a line around the baseboard of 1/2 the bedroom but they only put in one outlet when im sure we settled on two.. then they put two outlets in living room but managed not to put either of them where i told them to.
but mostly ive been trying to decide if they should run a line across those window sill boxes beneath the window so i can get power in the small closety room where i have the lightbox. seems like a waste to not get more coverage but then its more conduits blighting a room that i managed to keep mostly hidden. and if i defile that sight line should i do it on the other side of the apt aswell so i can get an outlet on the underserved side of the dining room? really on high anxiety all day long with this indecisiveness.
also, found out probably wasnt my kvetching at all that got us the power but an insurance company demanding it for coverage. good thing i didnt take it out on the landlord across the street.
they could go through the interior wall (tv) room to (lightbox ) room. back to back outlets. good luck. its all for the best.
decisions done. landlord only paid for 8 outlets. they would have worked with me but that made it easier to say fuck it. and now i can go back to being aggrieved when there isnt a convenient outlet. they are actually giving me 9 1/2 by running power to the existing outlet in the bathroom that doesnt work.
are they done? i like the idea of painting it all a different color, not white. free art!
so its mostly done except for the mess around the circuit box although i wont have power til everyone is ready to be hooked up next week. did not ask them to move the awkwardly placed outlets which of course i regret. no sane person would have put one where they did, but they offered to convert the useless bathroom outlet to a switch for the overhead light and i didnt want to push it. would have taken all of 15 minutes prior to them running the lines through the conduits but i had already abdicated responsibility so now i have to live with it.
on the plus side they did put a new outlet in the bathroom. on the downside the most usefully placed outlet in the kitchen and the most obtrusively ugly is a 220 line for an electric stove should i want one which i dont. so my next quest/question is is there a simple adapter for the 220 box to convert it to 110v> and, if so, link please.
the other mixed bag is the single plug outlets near two windows ostensibly for air conditioners. hardly a tragedy but somehow seems like a defeat.
it looks like this. maybe its not 220v.
its all weird to me. code tells you how many feet apart the outlets should be, not what the landlord is willing to pay for. a city building inspector will come through to sign off on the permitted work. if its not code they will make him change it. (unless they still do side deals, wink wink.) but i don't know anything. thats just my general impression on how these things work. good luck.
i was prepping my upstairs neighbors but they were less concerned with the conduits running up by the ceiling than i was. i went up to check their progress at lunch and i could see why. there ceiling is already falling apart in numerous places. i guess prior to redoing the roof about five years ago they had numerous leaks. theres chunks hanging down and large water stains. really kind of a wreck but theyve made their peace with it.
also their couch is falling apart and is hella dirty. she is just patching it up with bits of fabric at this point. i suggested a slipcover but she suggested i mind my own business.
they patch any holes yet?