Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A House - Update XXXIX - Bedroom Windows & Doors, Great Room/Kitchen Siding, Wall Passthrough Electricity, & Homemade Amish Hat Rack

We're thankful to the Lord to be able to continue on the house! Thanks again to those who are helping make this possible, and thanks to Robert for his help!

The plan always was to seal in the bedroom so we could run separate heat in there, with the idea of using fewer resources for when we are sleeping, rather than trying to keep the whole house warm just so the bedroom is. And so, we added the doors:

To the library:

Bedroom Library Door


To the closet:

Bedroom Closet Door


And to the bathroom:

Bedroom Bathroom Door


And then we put in the bedroom internal windows:

Bedroom Internal Windows


Then, it was more great room/kitchen siding, which are now finished!

Great Room Back Siding

More Great Room Back Siding

Great Room North Siding

Great Room East Siding


Electricity Through the Wall

Up until recently, we've had an extension cord running from our camper going through two slightly opened windows wrapped around the wall frame between the two windows, and we've had towels tucked in the openings to keep out the weather. Well, we recently discovered cold air was coming in between the sliding and permanent glass in the middle of the two windows. We put some towels there also to try to get by, but only until I could figure a way to pass the electricity through the wall.

In looking online, the only similar male to female things I could find were for RVs and were very expensive. So, I set out to see if I could figure out something a lot less costly...

Here is the metal, external wall plate with holes drilled through using the smallest bit I have:

External Electricity Wall Plate


And then L brackets attached, which will hold the male receptacle ends:

External Electricity Wall with L Brackets


Here are the male receptacles and some foam seals:

Electricity Male Ends with Seals


And in place on the metal wall plate:

Electricity Male End on Wall Plate Showing Seal


I attached the wire, which was just a 3-wire extension cord I cut a piece from, to the back of the male receptacle:

Wire Attached to Electricity Male End


And put the male receptacle back together:

Electricity Male End Wired


And here is the male end of the passthrough:

External Electricity Male Receptacle Complete


I then cut a hole in the internal siding and cut out a square to fit the electrical bracket box that the female receptacle attaches to:

Drilling Hole Through Wall Through Cut Out Square in Internal Wall


And here is the hole on the external OSB wall:

External Electricity Wall Hole


And the square cut out:

External Electricity Wall Square Cut Out


And then the male end and wires through the hole:

Wires Through External Electricity Wall Cut Out


And then the whole male receptacle installed and calked:

External Electricity Male Receptacle in Place


And here are the wires coming through on the inside:

Wires Coming Through the Wall


And through the bracket box:

Wires Through Box Bracket


I originally attached the two wire sets to the top and bottom of the female receptacle, but thankfully discovered that without having the current coming directly in the top one but only the bottom one, the top female outlet was still active! Well, that would have been something if I had plugged in another active cord into the top one while the bottom one was plugged in. Thanks to God for letting me find that beforehand. And so, apparently I only needed to wire in the one set of wires to one of the female receptacles to make both outlets active, and then I just taped up the not used wire, keeping it there in case it was ever needed:

Taped Up Not Needed Extra Wire


And here is the female receptacle in place:

Female Electricity Receptacle in Place


And the cover plate:

Internal Electricity Wall Plate in Place


Then, I plugged in the extension cord to the outside:

External Electricity Plugged In


Et voila! Power on the inside!

Extension Cord Inside Showing Power


And now, we can close both those windows completely to help keep the place warmer.


Homemade Amish Hat Rack

With the great room siding done, I really wanted a place for the men to be able to hang their hats when visiting, and so I set out to make something quick but useful for the larger sized Amish hats we wear.

And here's what I came up with. Had to angle the backings to be able to fit on the wall as I hadn't measured the wall width beforehand, but it worked not too badly:

Extension Cord Inside Showing Power


Extension Cord Inside Showing Power


Again, we are grateful to the Lord for allowing the continued work on the house!

-- David

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