Today is electricity day. It’s the second attempt . I found out our electric company is Cleveland Public Power last week. This throws a bit of a wrench in the works because I was doing all of my rebate math assuming we were with First Energy. That’s what you get for never living in a city. The awesome news in that setting up an account was super easy . When they made their first pass at turning on the power we discovered that the ground cable was pulled out. That means our first official job in the house was running a new #6 wire from the box to the rod outside and the water main inside.
The ground wire provides a path for the current that is a shorter route to get to ground than say your body. The wire running to the water main will in most cases provide a secondary path to ground but also serve to ground your pipes if your plumbing were to be electrified like in a lightning strike.
We now have working power in the house. The job was as simple as buying about 40ft of copper wire and stringing it from the rod outside to the box and then the box to the water main. Inside the box it was clamped into the neutral bus. That’s a stripe of connections that sits to the left and right, and a little behind your breaker switches. Usually it’ll be populated with white neutral wires and bare copper ground wires. A little sanding on the existing clamps for the rod and pipe, and we were in business. CPC spend all of 15 minutes popping out and double checking the meter and confirming the box was grounded. Whoever stripped the house of it’s copper did a piss poor job of it. They took the copper pipes and the ground wire, but most of the wiring is safe inside conduit. There was one length of romex that runs from the
breaker box to a GF outlet on the other side of the basement. It’s where the sump is plugged in. We’ll need to get that up and running eventually (especially because the sump drum is currently full of water), but it’s not an immediate concern. Besides the wire, the 8ft copper grounding spike is still in, just outside the north foundation wall, and most of the pipe was cut at the point where it went up into the house from the basement.
Our house has some really neat electrical features. A previous owner did a serious job upgrading from old nob and tube. There’s no less than 4 grounded outlets in every room of the house (the dining room has 6). All the alarms are wired in. There’s two wired doorbells. There’s even some things we can’t identify (some kind of exterior lighting system that either doesn’t exist or is hidden from us). We checked it all out and save for a few outlets that need rewiring and fixtures we’re planning on replacing, all the electric is in great shape. If we didn’t want to substantially change anything about the house, we could leave it alone and be just fine.