Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day Seven in the Basement: Inspection

No, you didn't read the title wrong and I didn't skip a few days.  It has been seven days on the project but nothing has happened the past few.  Inspection was scheduled for Monday so we had nothing over the weekend and then the inspector didn't show Monday so we had another day off. 

Yesterday, the inspector arrived and things can proceed.  The huge bonus to this was that they could finally hook up our laundry sink and we can do laundry again.  I have to climb over the grand canyon that is our basement floor but after a week without laundry, it is worth it.  The timing and inability to do laundry for so long was certainly not in our schedule.  Nor was our daughter getting the stomach flu, thus increasing the amount of gross laundry we had to do.   
I've been unhappy with the basement progress so I figured I would get something done to make me feel better about things.  Well, here's another project that didn't work out as planned.  I have all of the new light switches for the main rooms and decided to install them.  I have two problems now.  The dining room switch will require some additional plaster patching and painting up to the switch.  I guess the old plate covered more of the "hole" than the new one.  I also now hate how the HVAC controls look on this wall.  I believe I can move the humidification controls to the basement but I am not sure what to do with the thermostat. 
The switches in the living room didn't fare so well either.  The box behind the left switches was installed at a slight angle and not at the same height as the existing box.  I am going to have to go back in and fix this or it is apt to drive me crazy.  This also means more patching and painting.  On the bright side, I love the new switches and they add a lot to the room.

4 comments:

Reuben Collins said...

I think they look pretty good. Keep up the good work.

Shasha Kidd said...

It's a shame they don't have more-period-looking thermostats. They'd have at least 2 customers! =)

Boe said...

Wow, great progress. Sometimes the smallest things like being able to do laundry feel like the largest milestones!

The switchplates look great. I've had the same problem with boxes being at a slight tilt. It's enough to drive you absolutely crazy!

Maggie the Cat said...

I live in a very similar bungalow not too far from you. I moved my HVAC controls from the dining room to the little hall outside of the bathroom, literally just popping through the wall on its reverse. It has affected neither the comfort nor the monthly utility bills of my home; however the aesthetic difference is unbelievable!