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Centerville Lower Level – Framing and Electric

The project here in Centerville is moving along pretty well.  Chad has finished framing the storage room, hallway, and new bathroom door.  Now that the walls have properly spaced studs, he’s ready for drywall starting this week.

In the storage room, Chad framed a wall to create a smaller storage room with access to the water heater, furnace etc., if they ever need to be replaced.  This opens up the rest of the room as a sewing/craft space, or play area for the grandkids.


The fireplace room feels much more spacious and open with the removal of the hallway wall and lower stairwell wall.  The pole you’re seeing that’s wrapped in foam is a plumbing stack.  It will be buried in a column Chad has framed (see the third picture below).


This shows the new wall framed for the hallway/laundry room door and the new door to the bathroom.

The shower insert has been installed.  The lip around the outside of the stall is where the drywall will overlap to finish off the edge shower.  Chad also custom framed a space for a new medicine cabinet.

The client wanted to remove the wall enclosing the stairs to visually open up the entrance to the lower level.  A banister was necessary for safety, so instead of removing the whole wall, we removed half of it to create a knee wall.  It will still make the lower level feel more inviting and spacious coming down the stairs.


The last major change that took place last week was the rough electric.  Our client’s existing electric panel was a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panel.  Federal Pacific Electric panels were common from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, but later discovered they failed to provide protection from overcurrent and short circuits.  The breakers can fail to trip which results in outside power surging to the panel, overheating, and fire hazards.


Another problem with the FPE panels is that Arc Fault Circuit interrupters (AFCI) don’t fit in that particular design.  An Arc Fault Circuit interrupter is designed to detect non-working electrical arcs and prevent fires by disconnecting the power.  When our client learned these two points, they elected to have the entire panel replaced.  It will be a much safer product for their entire home. 

To bring the rest of the house up to electric code, we

As I stated, the next big milestone in this project is drywall.  There is a lot of drywall to be done, but this lower level will look like a whole new place when it’s done!

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