Wow, I never knew they ran electrical lines this way! Obviously there's a lot of work to do here... The lines are insulated for the most part, and they are held away from the joists on ceramic standoffs (knob and tube). There's even bare wire where someone in later years added wall outlets. And, you can see all the wonderful insulation (NOT) that keeps my heat in the house... lol!
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I did learn that at least the upper half of the house was originally stucco before the previous owner put siding up. You can see the backing at the gables. This was pretty common for many Craftsman / Arts & Crafts homes and most times would be stucco for the top level and wood siding on the bottom.
Here you can see the finished product. I'm not an electrician, so I won't go into details of exactly how or what was done, but I do have a background in electronics so I knew what I was doing. I don't recommend the average do-it-yourselfer do this kind of rewiring. You can also see I took out the old wiring.
One of the upstairs bedrooms hadn't been restored by the previous owner. This one in particular had wallpaper peeling from the ceiling and nothing but a pullcord light bulb in the ceiling. She told me she used it as her 'junk room' so never did anything with it.
This blog is the culmination of techie meets home rennovation. Now, I'm not rich, so don't expect flat panel plasma TV's or other high dollar stuff, just a geek rennovating an old house with a reasonable investment of time and money.
I took a job requiring a move to a little town in West Virginia. There wasn't much real estate available, especially with enough square footage for our family, so out of the two possibilities we settled on the one with more space.