Finishing up the electrical rough-in

Amáda and I continue the electrical rough-in for the basement. Inspection is in just 2 days, so we have to hurry.

Stripping wires as part of an electrical rough-in project in a basement.

I finish the bathroom junction boxes and wiring from the back side.

Rough-in wiring of bathroom sconces as seen from the back side of the stud wall.
Electrical rough-in of a basement bathroom showing several junction boxes in drywall.

Electrical rough-in passes inspection!

Today our electrical inspector used words like “wow”, “overkill”, and “excellent job”! With the rough-in complete, our next step is wiring the recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling, adding a few light switches, and removing the temporary work lighting. Drywall starts in just 1 week!

Basement with metal studs and electrical rough-in complete.
A series of electrical wires are neatly fasted to a joist with wire staples.
Wires from an electrical rough-in are fastened above a service panel.

We’re cooking with gas, someday.

My dad volunteers to help me run a new gas line for a future gas range in the kitchen. Bending a single soft copper pipe around corners and between floors without kinking it is harder than it looks!

Stair light vs stud

Amáda had the idea to add 3 lights to the stair well. She wanted them centered over stair treads, and spaced evenly along the wall. As luck would have it, one of those light junction boxes landed right on a stud. I had to cut out the stud and do some custom framing. It was a real pain, but it will look nice on the other side.

Framing a stud around a junction box.

Adding pipe insulation

To conserve energy, we add pipe insulation to all of the hot water pipes.

Installing pipe insulation over pex hot water pipes in a basement ceiling.

Mold-resistant drywall is hung

To a flipper, drywall is the first step. They just want to hide the problems that are inside the walls. But we’ve done years of preparation, with patience, permits, and inspections. Drywall is one of the last steps, and it is so satisfying to know that we’ve done everything to code and with craftsmanship. It’s also pretty fun that mold-resistant drywall is purple!

A basement with purple mold resistant drywall.

The drywall crew went so fast that they did the entire basement in two days. Because they were reckless, they destroyed a light switch and a smoke detector. I’ll be subtracting those costs from their fee. Everything else looks pretty good.

Controlling construction dust

I need to keep the drywall dust confined to the basement so it doesn’t spread all over the house. I erect a temporary cover over the open stairwell.

Controlling dust over an open stairwell with a cover made of a light wood frame covered with plastic sheeting and held together with blue tape.