In building TisaWee, I've had to learn a lot of things. Thank goodness I didn't have to know all of it in advance, or it never would have happened. Sometimes still I think "what in tarnation was I thinking when I thought I could do this?!?!?" (what IS tarnation, anyway??)
For instance, before I put in the well and septic, I researched different types of systems, different methods of drilling, etc. Before the basement was built, I already knew the advantages and disadvantages of poured wall, mortared blocks, dry-stack parged blocks, and why a basement would better suit me than a slab or pier/post (which had been my initial plan).
Similarly, by the time the rafters were going up, I could tell you acceptable spans for various sizes of wood (and whether it should be yellow pine, etc.) under varying conditions.
Don't ask me ANY of that now, because I have "waitress" memory. While it is happening, I can tell you what, who, where, when, and how much. After the fact..... um..... something else has already crept into that little bit of space in my brain reserved for important details.
So now the puzzle-du-jour is getting the electric run. Now that it is making a bit more sense, it's kinda fun. Like a puzzle. Boiled down to basics, I have 30 slots in a box. Each slot can have a breaker that is 15, 20, or 30 amps. Each appliance in the house uses a certain amp. Sometimes it is stated in watts, which makes it more interesting. And being 120 volt or 240 volt throws another wrench into the soup.
For instance, one 4000 watt wall heater, being run on 240 watts, will be 16.6 amps, which means I can use a 20 amp breaker. But it has to have its own line, and it will take TWO spaces since it is 240 amp. Each size breaker requires a certain size electric wire, too.
Not too complicated. But NOW...in the bathroom. A 500 watt baseboard heater doesn't take much. But turn on that 1500 watt hairdryer after your shower and you've just blown the fuse if you hadn't planned that in advance. Hmmmm....
But it's fun to have to figure this all out. Probably more fun to figure it out than to actually be trying to drill those holes and pulling wires. And paying for the wire. Ouch.
So, that's the next goal at TisaWee....get power! Woohoo!!!
I tend to celebrate each victory as I go. When I had the electric pole installed, I had a box put on it so I'd have temporary power. I hooked up a boom box and cranked up the music to celebrate. When the well was drilled, I hooked up a sprinkler and ran through it. As soon as I had the walls framed, I hung up a grapevine wreath on the studs. Once the septic line is finished, I intend to .... um.... I'll figure something out. Hehehe.
Same with the interior electric...I'll have to think of a suitable celebration. Any ideas?