Part of the things that needed to get done in renovating our kitchen was the wiring. Oh how I hated to hear that. We had an electrician come through the house just because we knew wanted to add some plugs to the kitchen and a few more in other spots. He was a friend of Nico’s father and he informed us that the wiring was not only original to the house, but also not the fireproof kind. So not only did the kitchen need new wiring, the entire house needs it too…. one project at a time. Its not dangerous, I’m told, just should be something on our short list to get done.
Unfortunately not only was he not only available until September and I’ve already gone 2 months without a kitchen by now, I’m having kitchen withdrawal; but also he wanted 25 euros a plug. This doesnt sound that bad but we needed at least 4 plugs in the kitchen and when you add in the rest of the house it really adds up. So it was suggested that Nico and my father in law would do it themselves. Scary but I agreed because my father-in-law and my husband know how to do some electrical stuff themselves! The FiL had done the wiring for an addition that they added on to the house upstairs. I also made Nico promise he wouldnt get electrocuted. Silly, yes, but I like my husband and I’d like him to stay around a bit longer.
So Nico and his dad went out for electrical supplies. They bought wiring , plugs houses, plugs and all sorts of interesting items.
It took Nico about 3 days off and on to get all the wiring done. The power was off and on and he only got shocked twice (me once!). Even though its not the prettiest to look at the new plugs are awesome and was really the easiest solution. He linked the new wires to the newer set of wiring that is outside drilled a hole in the wall and then tracked everything through the wire covers. I now have more plugs in my kitchen than I do in probably the whole house.
There are 3 under the sink – one for the stove and one for the hot water heater. In Italy they put mini and bigger hot water heaters in the places where you would need hot water, like the bathroom. There a plug beside the stove and the cappa or stove hood is also connected to that plug. Then there are 2 plugs near the floor. One for the fridge and a one extra for use!
Even though it was stressful (he inverted the current a couple of times) and worrisome (like the first time he got electrocuted) I am very please with how the job turned out and impressed with Nico for doing a great job.
What projects do you have building up around your home? Hopefully you don’t have anything as intense as renovating an old kitchen with new wiring, but what part of the process are you able to do yourself? Did you do something you didn’t think you could do, like wiring or refacing cabinets? Share your tips in the comments!
The Kitchen now has a drainage pipe! So I can technically use t by bringing in clean water from the bathroom. Yippee!