Lights In The Front Hall

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It turns out my father is very good at patching holes. As part of the rewiring, I also ran coaxial cable and telephone lines from the basement to the attic for future expansion.

With fresh new wiring I installed the two fixtures.

In this first picture you can also see some improvements that Dad and I did along the way. There is new crown moulding installed on both the first and second floors. It’s shows up best in this picture.

You can also see the new, smooth ceiling on the second floor. Dad and I hung new drywall on the ceiling, not a job for the faint of heart. We were both balanced on ladders, 24 feet up, holding drywall against the ceiling with one hand while using a screw gun with the other. Not the most graceful thing I’ve ever done.

I learned that if you drop a cordless drill 24 feet it makes a loud noise and leaves dents in walls. Did I mention that my father is good at patching holes? The drill is none the worse for wear – I’m very impressed with Ryobi products.

This picture shows the five light chandelier on the first floor. There is crown moulding in the background if you look carefully. Also please note the medallion.

No Warranty Expressed or Implied

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When I bought the house I asked the question: “What kind of wiring is in the house?” and was told that the house had been rewired recently.

I checked the panel in the basement and it looked new, and all the wiring I could see in the basement was fairly new. No knob and tube that I could see.

Can anyone see where this is going?

As part of the renovation of the front hall I purchased two chandeliers. One afternoon I decided that it was time to install them.

Can anyone see where this is going?

I took the first fixture down and I had no idea how to proceed. The fixture was held up by two screws directly into the ceiling and the power was supplied by two bare wires sticking out of the plaster. The second fixture was the same.


After some investigation by my electrician buddy it turns out that every room except the kitchen and bathroom have knob and tube wiring.


Several hundred feet of wire, many access holes and three weeks of evenings later I have a house with new wiring. This time I’m sure because I helped do it.

This exercise reinforces things I’ve already learned on this odyssey of home-improvement:

1) Nothing will ever be as simple as you think.
2) Everything will cost more and take longer than you think.
3) You never know what’s hiding beneath.

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