A portfolio of electrical renovations and electrical projects completed recently.
I like lighting projects, especially in kitchens. This summer I had the opportunity to complete this reasonably simple project in a kitchen, designing the lighting layout and completing the installation for nine recessed lights, and one fixture centred on the island. I did this installation after new cabinets and countertops were installed, but before the drywall patching and paint was completed . The holes in the ceiling in the picture are from the pre-exisiting lights that have been removed. I have switched over the past couple years from installing the traditional 'Canister and Trim' style recessed lights that used a separate light bulb to new "wafer lights" - flat LED discs that are dimmable, very innocuous and that also provide high quality light. Progress in technology makes lighting a very exciting area of the electrical industry. See my blog for more information on lighting.
Underground conduit is a great way to supply a power to a shed or a to the pumps and controller for a septic system. These photos show the construction of the electrical conduits as well as the installation of the controller on an attractive mounting post that I build for each installation. I always use conduit for supplying power to the pumps and controllers because it is very durable and allows for changes to the system if required in the future as well as ease of maintenance.
Over the past year I have worked closely with Canadian Sewage Solutions to supply and install the conduit and conductors for new septic systems and upgrades to old septic systems. Kelly, Shawn and Robert are a great team to work with and I always look forward to the next installation.
The above photos show a kitchen renovation in a early 1900's home in Victoria BC. In this electrical installation the layout of the receptacles was changed to accommodate the new island and counters as well as a change from a gas only stove to a gas stove requiring a standard 40A receptacle. The lighting was also redesigned with the home-owner and reflects modern aesthetics with recessed lights following the counters and pendants over the Island. Recessed lighting was installed into the existing ceiling between the first and second floors of the home by using retrofit recessed light fixtures. I was very proud to be part of this exceptional kitchen renovation that was undertaken and managed by the home-owners!
These pictures are from a few different septic system and grinder pump installs where Jaycox Industries was hired to supply power and troubleshoot electrical problems. In cases where there is no existing power or if the old conductors supplying the existing plant are too small we run power from the panel in the house either though cable or through conduit to the new controller supplied by the company installing the tanks and fields. Where an existing septic system is being upgraded we use the cables and conductors that are in place already where it is feasible- sometimes with a bit of adaptation.
This picture shows a custom built load controller installed for a Car Charging Station. This solution mitigates the need to upgrade the panel in some cases where the existing panel in the house doesn't have the capacity to power a large additional load. The Load Controller is a electric interlock device that connects to two equal loads in the home such as the range and the car charging station and prevents both devices being energized at the same time. It is manually operated- pressing the green button to select the load, and the red to disconnect it.
This classic turn of the century Victoria home was rewired while at the same time the kitchen was renovated. In the bedrooms recessed lighting was added and in the bathrooms ventilation was upgraded. This is a great example how taking the knob and tube wiring out of the house can also coincide with other renovation plans to incorporate design improvements such as additional lights and switches and receptacles. When this house was built, only a few receptacles were required thought out the entire house because there just were not that many things to plug in available on the market. Here the original panel schedule designated a whole circuit for a single receptacle that powered a radio. In the modern era of course we have greater demands both in terms of power consumption and convenience.
This is a very simple looking bathroom, which is the key to its elegance. I am just the electrician- I can't take any credit for the design, but there are a couple of details that we implemented to contribute to the simplicity of the installation. You might notice that the GFCI protected plugs behind the sink have no buttons or lights. This is because the protection is offered by a 'faceless' GFCI device that is mounted behind the mirror which does have the buttons and lights. Another detail is the faceplate style that we used throughout the project which have no screws showing. The product is an electrical installation that doesn't detract from the rest of the design.
A recent project that I have been working on has given me the opportunity to take some photos that show a recessed light retrofit in action. Here the amount of light was increased by adding lights in the ceiling of the basement suite using existing wiring. There are small round patches that are visible at this stage covering the original lights. This saved the homeowner from removing drywall from the ceiling to run wires, yet gave a lot of light in a balanced layout. The formerly unlit stairwell was outfitted with a ultra low profile LED recessed light that was mounted in the wall as a retrofit.
I recently completed an electrical installation in a newer house (shown in the photos above) wiring a new suite into the garage and adding a second meter to the residential service. The suite was completely electrically isolated from the main residence and a new service with two meter bases was added, installing a new panel in the garage suite and moving the existing panel to the laundry room of the main house. The double meter base allows for individual billing of the two residences, and with the rest of this project greatly enhanced the versatility and value of the property.
The photos shown above are of an electrical installation in a garage. The installation includes a 120 volt and 240 volt receptacles and a receptacle that can be used for a charger for an electric car. An electrical installation like this can make a garage space use-able as a work shop as well as a place to keep your car dry. A 240V outlet in a garage is a great way to run a professional grade air compressor or table saw.
These are pictures of a Knob and Tube removal and replacement done October 2015. This project was challenging because of the configuration of the house and the location of circuits that require rewiring. The wiring being removed and replaced in these pictures are on the main floor - between a finished suite in the basement and a finished second floor that has the same foot print as the floor below (no bulkheads). Although its a dusty task, removing some of the plaster and drywall allows the wires to be run through the walls until it can be fished through the ceiling spaces. When it is completed the walls are repaired and there is no sign of the work being done. Thats the beauty of plaster.