A Month and Some!Well, as it turns out, things have continued in their busy grandeur. While that generally keeps one out of 'trouble,' it doesn't do much for keeping one active in posting random musings about life and activities. As it's currently storming outside right now (and I'm offline via my satellite link), I'm writing this in WordPad and intend to copy/paste it in place. Remember, save often! I have the great fortune of an Uninterruptable Power Supply, but it still doesn't save from catastrophic failure.
So anyway, One-Act for 2006 is now officially done. Until next year...
It looks rockin' now, and we got several compliments on the color scheme when we had a gathering a few weeks ago (more about that below).
As far as the rest of the structured wiring project goes, I've actually got quite a start on it now (although my original spool of 1000' Category 5e is now gone), but I need to do some reorganization and shelf-building in the basement before I can get the panel mounted and powered.
This leads to the mapping priority. I wanted to make sure that we realistically aren't overloading our service by making this change. And since it wasn't clear at all what was what in our panel, it was necessary to do some mapping. So, I did some drawings, coloring, and then broke out the circuit tracer. It took a few hours when it was all said and done, but I now have a detailed circuit index on the panel, so when I need to disconnect service to a particular place in the house, I don't have to use the tracer to figure out which breaker controls the circuit -- I just look at the panel and know.
Oh, and it also appears that the upgrade will work out just fine -- we just happen to have an abundance of 20-amp breakers in places where most would have 15-amp breakers. The loads aren't anything special, and the wire gauge is suitable (so it's not a fire hazard); it's just that several rooms are set up on 20-amp breakers.
So, I've added several thousand tracks to the MP3 collection through this process.
Of course, the biggest benefit to having a party like this is that the house really gets cleaned up, which is nice.
Obviously, it's an Italian place, which is absolutely fantastic! Several of us at the office went there for lunch a few weeks ago, and the food was fantastic, although a little on the pricey side. But, the quality of the food really makes up for the price, and the price really isn't that bad in comparison to some of the other items on other menus in town.
Needless to say, I really hope that they are able to make the restaurant a success, because it's a fantastic non-fast-food outlet. We'll be going there for my birthday on Thursday, because Beth hasn't been there yet.
This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/29/07