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Oh, there is nothing quite like waking up to the acrid smell of burning electrical insulation.


Bad extension cord. No cookie.

Something I need to do is add a set of outlets to the bedroom. I already did one set, but the opposite corner has nothing. And it's actually fairly accessible at this point in time. And that corner happens to be the one where the bed is currently located. So I have a light, a fan, and the alarm clock on the same extension cord, which decided to flake out this morning.

This kind of thing is part of the reason that I got the new load center. Rather than try and piggyback new circuits on the old ones, I'd much rather introduce new branches that I know are wired properly. The kitchen alone should have at least three separate branches.

The other part is that I would really like to bypass all the old knob-and-tube wiring as I do the remodeling. Happily it appears that it's only still used for lighting circuits, but after 80-some years it is not comfortable to me to know it's still carrying current. The insulation is cracked in places, and I doubt its veracity.

In the meantime, it looks like I may have to move the bed back to the wall that has the outlets. Or get a better extension cord.

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