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One of the key components of any technology aflicted home is a good solid power supply. Every piece of technology these days needs power and while we have been trying lately to minimize how much of it we use you really can't have too much of it available to you.

 

So... after moving into our new (to us) home in 2003 we completely rewired the house. This involved lots of destruction, sparks, fire and mess. Over the course of a summer we rewired the house. We started by deciding that a couple of really old fake candle light fixtures and some push button switches needed to go (Ah how little we understood at the time).

When the alarm system installer was putting in wiring for the alarm he casually mentioned "Hey you guys have knob and tube wiring. You should get that replaced." Right... With some recent news about how insurance companies were giving people a week to rewire their homes or have their insurance cut off. One of our parents neighbours homes burning to the ground due to an electrical fault. We decided to rewire.

When planning to do this it was pointed out to us that we should upgrade the electrical service from 100 amps to 200 amps while we are at it (you can see where this is leading). So we called hydro and they said "Sure no problem - but you'll need to move where the wires come into your house". The can of worms was officially open.

 

Several months of mess and lots of money later we had a new 200 amp 40/80 breaker panel, wonderful new wiring running throughout the house and more power running to the kitchen then there used to be for the entire house. Oh, and it really is just a coincidence that the blackout happened at exactly the same time we were getting the house ready to connect up the new panel. Honest.

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