Anyone who has been to our house knows of long and arduous story of how we rebuilt the addition to our house.
Suffice it to say that when the addition was built, they didn't worry themselves about building permits.

We must be dumb, because we didn't learn our lesson. We've moved on, and are now rebuilding the basement.

Unfortunately, the same clowns who built the addition also finished the basement.

Last Updated: 5/8/2005.

Foundation crack number one, after professional repair by Dessert Dry.

Don't worry, the "zip" cord in the ceiling is only temporary; it feeds the lights in the stairway until we get the conduit run.

New furring strips, foundation cracks two and three, and new electrical boxes.
Notice how the stain marks (or lack thereof) from the old furring strips don't match up with the beams from the first floor? They were all about the quality of the work. Or not.

The old lights, classy flourescent numbers. Foundation crack four (the BIG one!).

Close up of foundation crack #1

And its associated leakage!

The whole room used to look like this.

Beige Paneling. Yuck!

Better shot of beige paneling.

Can you imagine four walls of the stuff?

More beige paneling, and the 'bump out'
And our compound slide miter reciprocating table saw! :)

The 'bump out'
Why go through all the bother for such a realtively useless space?

Old lights, meet new light.

Testing to see what the light throw pattern of the new eyeball lights would look like.

What's the easiest way to get power?

Why, tunnel through the ceiling into the floor above!
Never mind that the electrical panel is only fifteen feet away! This conduit is now dead. :)

Power tunneling, shot 2

Power tunneling on the other side of the room

What morons, they worked their tails off to do it the wrong way.

Other power tunneling, shot 2

How not to run a furnace wire.

It's wiring stunts like these that cause fires.
So they bought some fancy flourescent lights. We'll leave alone that they mounted them to the ceiling tiles rather than to the furring strips. But they had a problem; they were the permanent "wire in" kind of lights. So what did they do? Why, buy some Romex, of course! But instead of wiring them in properly, they put regular household electrical plugs on the ends of the Romex. Then they put in one of those lightbulb to outlet adapters, and then added a three way power plug on the end! It's a miracle the house didn't burn down.

I swear, these people must have been brain surgeons.

Because it takes an idiot to build a fake wall in front of a support wall.
Why not build one underneath the other?

Fake wall shot 2

They couldn't even get a bannister right.
Notice how it slopes up and to the right?

And apparently at some point, something was living in it.

The stairs, with glue on them.

The old tile has been removed, but the glue remains.

Stair treads with glue

Naphtha works amazingly well at getting off tile glue!

Brand new glass block windows installed!

My first time bending conduit.

Pretty consistent, don't you think?

I'm just a curvey shooter...

Hmmm, four conduits all bent the same way...

Wonder where these are going to go? :)

New eyeball light permanently mounted.

Old lights gone! Half of the new lights up!

Laser levels are wonderous things when laying out lights.

New lights on with temporary wiring

New lights on with temporary wiring shot 2

New lights on with temporary wiring shot 3

That's it! (for now...)