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Old Electric Wiring

Old Electric Wiring

The house was equipped with 100 amp service that fed into an old fuse box located down in the basement. The wiring was the old two wire in a cloth braid. Since all the wall studs were exposed I could see the wiring. Most of the wiring had been cut where a outlet or switch box would have been. It was very hard to tell what wire was on what circuit.

In the attic I ran across several junction boxes with 4 to 6 circuits entering and leaving the junction box. Can you say fire? There also was signs of the old post & knob wiring in the attic. That must have been the first electric supplied to the home. All of this would have to come out.

Condition of the Plumbing

Condition of the Plumbing

Since the house had sat vacant for a while, I expected to replace the entire plumbing system. Indeed it needed replacement. Inspecting the water supply piping downstairs revealed just about every pipe had a rupture in it. Besides all that, the existing plumbing wouldn't be able to accommodate the layout I was after.
The drain system was constructed of copper. It also was not going to work with the layout I was wanting. The drain system all led to a septic system that was in an unknown condition.
The water supply to the house was provided by a county water system that had been installed several years prior.

Wall Structures

Wall Structures

Obviously, being almost 100 years old, the house was built with true dimension oak lumber. The studs were all still very sturdy and hard as a rock. I wondered how hanging the drywall would go.

The interior walls split the house into four separate rooms. There were two walls used as load bearing structures. The load bearing walls would have to be modified to accommodate my wants. More on that later. You can see from some of the pictures that the previous owner had started some framing. All his work would be coming out. I guess we had different ideas.

Flooring

Flooring

There were a few spots where the floor was ripped up. The one pictured was part chimney stack and where I had the previous owner open up the floor for a termite inspection.
For the most part, the floor was in good shape. It was constructed of tongue and groove oak. It had crossed my mind to save the floor and have it refinished. There was just to many spots where I needed to repair the floor. Either way it provided a good structure to work with.