Originally Posted by longwa
I had some similar reservations about the electrical initially but once I started doing my homework and getting into it, I've actually found that I enjoy doing it. For some reason, it is satisfying to step back and look at a finalized circuit rough-in knowing exactly how everything is wired. I have 8 circuits in my 900 sq/ft basement remodel and I've been able to get through 6 of them in that last week or so.
The one part that I won't do is tie my subpanel into the main breaker. When I open that main breaker and see those 200A service lines that are an inch in diameter I started getting all sweaty palmed and keep hot testing every single thing that I touch over and over again. Luckily, my dad is an electrician and is willing to come up and do that part for me.
Now plumbing....that's a whole different story. I won't touch plumbing for any amount of money. Everything I've ever done plumbing related leaks.
I do not have any issues with plumbing I have done my share of DIY pluming for my 15 years or so of home ownership. I have only resorted to professionals three times during that time (one was a complete bathroom remodel) the other two times were out of convenience and the fact I have only worked with pvc not copper so I was not comfortable with "sweating" the pipes.
Now on to the electrical.
My electrician showed up today (after I had contacted him yesterday telling him I was not as far along as he wanted me to be and warned him of what he was getting into) he assured me it was ok. He said he would just come anyway and would start where I had left off.
Now mind you he has not ever seen my house let alone my basement and the only idea he had of what I actually wanted/needed had taken place through e-mail and phone conversations. I wish I had a camera of his face when he saw all of the boxes/outlets/lights etc. etc. It was truly "priceless"
I told him "I told you so" and he said "You went kidding were you?" My reply "Nope"
After the initial shock (he told me he has people describe the work they need and they really blow it out of proportion) he said it looked worse that what it really was so we commenced on getting started.
He decided that I needed to have 8-9 circuits in my basement. With one dedicated to the actual HT gear. The others split between the lights and outlets in the other three areas. Boy is there a lot of romex to run during these things or what? I am glad I waited to start running romex because I would have gotten it all wrong and run even more than necessary. I was pretty confused by all of the electrical ins and outs but after watching my electrician do his thing and helping out I have a better idea how it all works. I still am very glad I am having a professional do this part of the HT, one because he is much faster than I and two, wont burn my house down (hopefully).
It is actually very satisfying to watch someone who is good at their trade work and have them pass along some of their knowledge to you.
We worked for about six and a half hours today with 3 trips to Lowe's (my fault bought the wrong supplies two trips) and once to buy more romex. We got the HT proper wired and got a game plan for next weekend when he can come back to finish the project. I have my marching orders to pull romex and drill, drill, drill. Actually it is drill, drill drill, and then pull, pull, pull.
As always we are here to pass along valuable information and I would like to do my share (if even a small part) so here goes.
I normally use this type of bit to bore larger size holes is 2x4's etc.
My electrician suggested this type of bit and I must say it is much nicer to use than the typical "spade" type bit.
Faster but most importantly smoother ie. easier on the wrist and more precise.
Forgive the long post. I am just really excited to see some "real" progress on my basement project. It is fun to see walls go up but it was a slow process. This stage has seemed to move much faster (and it has) and it is fun to transition to a different stage of the build.