We knew the house was due for a major upgrade of electric service and budgeted accordingly. Not only was our panel out of date (cloth insulated wires, anyone?) but we new we needed to amp up in order to accommodate the conveniences of modern life- microwave ovens hair dyers and such. Not only that, but building codes just aren’t what they used to be. Hopefully that’s a good thing; it’s certainly costing us a bundle of money to upgrade. You see, right now the wires that bring service to the house enter the building just outside my son’s bedroom window.
I get tingly just think about it.
Not in a good way. That is potentially very dangerous!
Note: this is the room of the boy who stuck tweezers into an outlet just a few years ago. Thankfully it was a GFI outlet and the tweezers had rubber tips. The circuits were tripped and we might have needed to replace the outlet, but fortunately no other harm was done.
So, yeah, this has to be relocated per code.
This was one of the first tasks on our to-do list. We got three quotes, selected one and then were ready to roll. But need the approval of the power company before we can relocate the lines.
I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but in recent weeks, Chicago has been host to some pretty horrific storms. Trees down. Hundreds of thousands of people without power (including us at times).
The power company has been devoting mucho resources to clearing trees and fixing lines. In fact, they’ve been bringing in crews from nearby states to help out.
Which means that piddly matter like inspections for residential service upgrades fall low on the priority list.
The power company is scheduled to come out Wednesday, but guess what? As I write this Friday morning, all hell is once again breaking loose outside- lightning, crashing thunder, driving rain, strong winds. Uh, I should probably shut down the computer….
At least we sealed up the foundation crack in time for these summer storms.