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Electrical Work II: Clearing the Way

October 26, 2009

There is no permanent ceiling in our basement, just the beams and bottom side of the first story wood floor.  However the beams in the first room in the basement (the one with the breaker box in it) had been covered with cardboard.  Some of the electricity ran below that and some of it ran above, so the cardboard had to go.

The basement ceiling with cardboard

The basement ceiling with cardboard.

There were liquor boxes, a huge old radio box, boxes of clothing shipped to a store on the corner of 52nd and Locust and many less identifiable boxes up there.  They were held up by nails, staples, thumbtacks, lathe, plywood, paneling, drop ceiling panels, and in one case an electrical junction box.  But it all came down.

Basement ceiling decardboarded

The basement ceiling without cardboard.

Of course when the cardboard came down I also got 3 more dessicated mice corpses and a LOT of dirt.

Detritus that came down with the cardboard on the basement ceiling.

Detritus that came down with the cardboard on the basement ceiling.

So, after the cardboard came down and the ensuing cleanup was completed, I took a look around and this is some of what I found.  The phone lines are a veritable plate of spaghetti with big old looking wires running in from the outside to a jack box, even older looking cables running out of that box as well as a modern phone cable with its sheathing removed running off to another box that has no cover.

Basement phone line spaghetti.

Basement phone line spaghetti.

I also found old twisted pair phone line draped rather loosely from the occasional beam, and old junction boxes connected to both BX armored cable and knob-and-tube wiring that isn’t so much attached to or protected by knobs or tubes.

Wiring found in the basement.

Wiring found in the basement.

And I also found some things that I have no idea what they do, though I think this may be hooked to the low-voltage system for either the doorbell or the heater thermostat.

My electrical equivalent of "here be dragons."

My electrical equivalent of "here be dragons."

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