Typical Saturday Projects

This morning started with the Build and Grow program at our local Lowe’s hardware store. My wife smartly brought ear plugs; the kid sized hammers are louder than they look. Our oldest child is becoming more self sufficient with each Build and Grow activity. Our youngest child is started to hold the hammer correctly.

The project was a wheel of love in celebration of Valentine’s day. My son built the project with the wheel backwards, so he could write in his own messages. He wants to use the wheel to make his own board game, perhaps about robots. He always wants to do his own thing.

4 year old with wheel of love

7 year old with generic wheel

Then after a princess party and some 1980s Transformers cartoons, I started my own project. We want to move our wi-fi router to the middle of our basement, but the middle of our basement is an unfinished space with no electrical outlets. So we added one. Consulting a home improvement book, I mapped out a plan in Penultimate.

wiring plan


The source wires were 4 wires: one black, one red, one white, and a ground. The wire I had on hand was regular 3 wire: one black, one white, and a ground. I called my Dad and he said that I could cap off the extra red wire and use only the remaining three. When I opened up the old box, I saw the black wire from the source and the next outlet had already been tied off with a wire nut. I ran connected the source to the new outlet in parallel, as shown in the diagram.

Shoving 4 wires into a wire nut is hard. I estimate at least an hour of my time was spent trying to twist wires together. The 4 sets of wire nuts also take up as much space as an entire outlet, so I replaced the source outlet box with a double sized gang box. Thank goodness for unfinished spaces.

The next project is moving the modem and connecting the AirPort Extreme over ethernet to run as a wireless extender. Maybe we’ll tackle that next Saturday.


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