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House update: wiring cabinet, kitchen countertop [Apr. 18th, 2004|09:43 am]
19 days, 4 hours, 45 minutes until closing.

I went over to the house this morning to poke around without getting in the way of the workers. Nothing has really changed since Friday afternoon. There are carpet tacks in another room or two but they're missing from the great room. The big developments were taking pictures of things that were already there.

Our air conditioner has been installed in the garage and hooked up to the ductwork. As far as I can tell, the HVAC work is all complete except for turning the systems on. From the garage I went into the kitchen and, as promised, uncovered some of the countertop to take pictures. I think it looks quite attractive -- the blue in the surface brings out the red in the cabinets -- but of course I'm biased, since I chose it. A close-up of the surface gives a better idea of what its actual makeup is like. I know the lighting is poor: the sun was coming from the wrong direction at the time.

There is what looks like a standard 2-tube 48" fluorescent lamp overhead in the kitchen. It buzzes rather annoyingly. Does this go away as it breaks in? Is it a function of the fixture or the actual tube? I'm planning to replace the lights with something closer to full-spectrum illumination once we move in.

Last and not least, I took a screwdriver and pulled the cover off of the wiring cabinet in the master closet. To my pleased surprise, they didn't just install the cabinet: they went ahead and hooked (almost) everything up. There are several components inside. At top left is the junction for the cable TV. One of the two free jacks will probably be used for a cable modem. The top right is a blank plate. Middle left is the punch-down block for the phone wiring and security system. It seems somehow as if we ought to have more phone wires than that, but without a wiring diagram handy I can't say for certain. At middle right is a dinky little 10/100 switch. Miniaturization these days is pretty impressive -- I'd be willing to bet that most of the volume of that little black box is devoted to the RJ-45 jacks and the wiring necessary to get them into and out of the processing unit.

There is a little D-link hub/router sitting in the bottom left corner of the cabinet. I didn't write down a model number but it looks like a straightforward http-configurable NAT box. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to use it or not. Next to that box are the power adapters, which happen to be sitting on top of a 110V outlet.

There are a couple of notable omissions at this point. First, the bundle of alarm wires doesn't appear to be hooked into anything. It's quite possible that it is and I just didn't see it. Second, the Ethernet cables (which I presume are the bundle running behind the switch) haven't been terminated. I can only guess that the contractor installing the box decided to quit at 5PM exactly. There's a small pile of RJ-45 connectors on the floor next to the cabinet. It will be taken care of.

The next update will probably happen on Tuesday.

[User Picture]From: esmerel
2004-04-18 10:41 am (UTC)
Many fluorescent lights hum horribly. It's another reason to loathe them. Not sure if it's fixture or bulb, but..
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[User Picture]From: sc_angel72
2004-04-18 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, flourescents are evil! Get rid of it. Aside from being glaring and harsh, if the darn thing buzzes now, it will likely only get worse as time goes by. You'll be much happier with just about anything else. Personally, I always recommend a nice ceiling fan with a light fixture in the kitchen for air circulation. Just my two cents worth!
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2004-04-18 09:35 pm (UTC)

Wire shelving (aka spawn of the devil!)

This is what I hate about wire shelving. The rod you hang your clothes on has dividers between it so you can't move things down that are hung up. We have wire shelving in our current house (we didn't have a choice), but at the very least it has a rod with no dividers in it (actually the dividers on ours come up from the bottom).

At least, though, it isn't like the ones from my first apartment where the wires that formed the shelf came all the way down to the rod in front. On that one there was no way at all to move clothes once they were hung up. This is where my hatred of wire shelving comes from.

Glad to see, btw, that the wiring closet it in. I need to find a mountable switch for mine sometime. At the moment I just have a small D-Link switch (which looks almost exactly like the router in yours).
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-04-18 11:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Wire shelving (aka spawn of the devil!)

Yeah, we have the same wire shelving in our house, and I hate it. However in the grand scheme of annoying things, it isn't really that bad. It's also pretty easy to replace.
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-04-18 11:02 pm (UTC)
I believe it is the tube itself that hums. There are some really nice full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs out there, and they make quite a difference.
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