Everything is almost in place, the fixtures are in, there is just conduit to run this morning...and husband has the day off from work as well, so can help me with the soldering (I can do it, but he can do a neat, clean, better job of it).
My assistant and I are both taking another four day weekend this weekend because the next two or three months are going to be very difficult at the office....new accounting software and procedures....will be lots of overtime, I won't have much time for dollhouses.
I'd like to, this weekend, get the last of the major things crossed off the to-do list for this build (wiring, addition, roof, and chimney) so that when I do have 15 minutes or half an hour to play in my studio I can work on small job fun stuff. Realistically, I won't get all that done with weekend, but I can make a good dent in the list.
I drilled holes into the bottom of the legs of the island and glued toothpicks in...then I drilled holes in the floor of the kitchen to set the toothpicks into, to let the island be removable, but always keep it aligned under the pendant lights when it's in place. I used fishing sinkers on sewing thread as plumb bobs to help me get the island aligned perfectly and determine where the pendants will hang from the beam above.
(notice the countertop...I decided to go with the wet look)
I had an epiphany about the conduit earlier this week. I want small conduit, but don't want to go to the expense of buying metal tubing and the tools that bend and cut it, or the hassle of gluing metal to the walls cleanly. I wanted something the size of cocktail stirrer/straws, but not white and plastic...paper popsicles sticks would be great if they were hollow....I settled on larger diameter paper straws that I can paint and will be easy to cut and glue in. Then, earlier this week, it came to me.....cocktail straws wrapped in masking tape....wallah! I did a test, discovered the tape lifted at the seam after a couple of days, but remedied that by making sure the straw is seam side down when I glue it to the wall.
Yesterday afternoon I laid out painters tape runs on the wall to dry fit the placement of the conduit, then wrapped and painted the number of straws I'll need, plus a couple extra. I also cut and painted wooden junction boxes to turn corners with (thank you Brae, for your wonderfully detailed posts and the junction box idea).
I stuck the wrapped straws seam side down on a piece of painters tape that's sticky side up, before I painted them, so I would end up with one bare line to apply glue to, to ensure I'm gluing the conduit to the wall directly, not gluing paint to the wall, because that won't hold up over time. Did that make sense? I'm not sure I explained that well. I haven't finished my first cup of coffee yet.
After the paint was dry I realized I painted them all blue when I was planning to paint only the conduit that will be against the walls blue....I was going to paint the conduit that will be in the ceiling gray. Sigh....I'll get the blue conduit in place, then I'll repaint what's left.
While the paint was drying I made covers for the pendant light wires out of a shoestring (starched, with the core removed) covering cocktail straws (for the rigidity)....then decided once I was done and tryed them in place that I didn't like them black. I should have dangled the shoestring in place first and saved myself the time. Right now the pendant lights are in with white cocktail straw hiding the wiring, and that's fine, but I wanted something not plastic looking. I really like the fabric look of the shoestring, and I could walk over to the store this morning for a white shoestring, but...but then the condiuit to the pendants is larger in diameter than the rest of the conduit, when it should be narrower, and that just looks funny. I'm going to use the cocktail straws as is.
Let me get up to take a picture so you can see what I mean.....I think the chair thief is busy playing with husband....
The black wire covering catches the eye and draws focus, while the white one fades into the background of the light colored walls. The blue conduit on the right wall is the size of the conduit that will be running throughout the room, with the exception of the one thicker (short) piece on the left wall, where multiple runs come together and pass through the wall into the pantry addition, where the fusebox will be.
So...with all that decided and the conduit ready to glue in....let's do one more test to be sure I have enough light in the room, while I can still add another lamp if I need to.....
All is fine...no more excuses...time to finish the wiring.