I would just like to take this time to make a little musing about electricity. When someone mentions electrical shock, everyone almost always thinks of the spasm of muscles when your body completes an electrical current. Me? I think of the sticker shock of having to replace this mess:
After several deep breathing exercises, lots of prayer, tears and a slight miracle, I have a new box! The first electrician recommended by my local fabulous GC never called me back after looking at the box. In fact, he avoided my calls. Come on, seriously? Man up and just tell me that I need to find someone else! Anyway, thanks to my other fabulous GC, my BIL Fermin, I located another electrician. Within 4 days, George had my entire house re-wired with a brand new up to code box. Now, I know my new box doesn't rank high on your list of priorities, but since it's my blog, I'm going to force you to look at a couple pics. (See, there are benefits to writing a blog!)
The previous box was located inside the hot water heater closet. Now, instead of being inside, it's outside on the side wall of the house. (Yes, I'm getting a padlock for the bottom.) Thanks to new much safer building codes, the box only place inside the house where the box could be located was on the wall in my guestroom/playroom. Hmm, access to massive electrical power in a room where small children frequent? No thanks! Now you know why I opted for the outside version. Here is the former local of the box.
This hole is going to take some massive patching, but as long as I can close the closet door, and (man, can I!) it's waaaay down on the list! The junction box is my hot water heater power and the blue line is the Ethernet cable for my all too important internet access!
Now, before we leave each other, just one more look!