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Re: RE: GSBN:Finding Outlets

Hi all,

Regarding finding outlets or anything else in bale or other walls, I used 
to photograph each wall before it was finished, occasionally including a 
ruler or large enough notes indicating critical measurements from the 
floor or from a corner, etc. fastened temporarily next to any critical 
objects. That way you have a record of where boxes, wires, pipes, 
blocking, etc. are for future reference. I also used to put together a 
binder with copies of those photos, installation and instruction manuals 
from systems and appliances, and so forth, for the owners along with 
as-built drawings showing any changes from the original plans. I would do 
that for both interior and exterior and also locations of utility lines 
and so forth. A little thought about what someone (it could be you) might 
need sometime in the future and the small investment of money and effort 
can save a lot of time and money down the road. Short of the photos, you 
could also just do quick sketches of the walls with heights and 
horizontal locations of outlets before you plaster.  After the fact it's 
definitely harder...

On the other hand, I also used to leave the rough-in wiring protruding 
and tape up the boxes before plastering as the wise and experienced (and 
CASBA Builder of the year I might add) suggested. 


David Eisenberg
Development Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 27513
Tucson, AZ 85726-7513


Chinese Proverb:

Those who say it can't be done should not
interupt those who are doing it.