A Quest for Power

You flip the switch, the light comes on. Simple, right?

Thinking about all the stuff going on behind the walls to make that possible, though, is another story.

I’m really glad I bought the eBook, Shockingly Simple Electrical for Tiny Houses, so I could at least be familiar with the basic concepts of wiring before getting started.

Helpful for understanding the basics and how to calculate how much amperage you need.

Tiny House Design & Construction Guide had a lot of good info on electrical systems and detailed wiring diagrams as well.

Includes 4 diagrams on how to hook up regular and three-way switches.
First, I needed to figure out how many light switches and outlets to have, and where to put them. Here’s a diagram of the electrical layout:


MAJOR THANKS to Dad for helping me decide what supplies to buy and roughing in the wires to all the boxes, and to Jack for installing all the outlets and switches for me! You guys are the bomb 🙂

Here are some photos of getting it all set up!

The first step was positioning and labeling the boxes.
Then it was time to drill some holes!
Drilling through the studs was touch and go at times. I managed to bend this giant drill bit somehow in the process!
The perfect little tunnel for cords!
Yay, wires! They look harmless here but I found out that wires love to get mysteriously twisted and can be really annoying to work with…
Dad was the master at drilling holes to get the wires through impossible areas 🙂
Wires loosely run to boxes
Wires after being secured every 4′ and within a foot of each box. You can also see the propane lines for kitchen appliances in this photo (that’s a topic for a different day but thanks Dad for being the brains behind that operation!)
Jack was a man with a plan and so helpfully offered to hook up my outlet and light switch “guts.” Thanks, Jack!!!!! 🙂
Early in the wiring process
Wires all secured and roughed in to boxes
…And the same area with box guts installed!
Dimmer switch for the future chandelier 🙂
Double switch
A new outlet nestles in its bed of insulation. I will be using spray foam to insulate around each box.
And last but not least… the electrical box!
With breakers and wires all connected!
This will be where the outdoor extension cord will plug in to give us the power we crave! Thanks Jack for installing this box 🙂

Now I just have to choose light fixtures and get ready for the moment of truth… testing out the new system!


8 thoughts on “A Quest for Power

  1. Kathy Funk November 23, 2016 / 12:15 am

    I see a pile of laminate flooring. Is that the flooring we gave to your dad when we replaced the flooring in our house?


    • joyleisen November 23, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Yes it is, Kathy! Can’t beat free materials 😉 I’m really excited to get the flooring down once the interior walls are in place 🙂


      • Kathy Funk November 23, 2016 / 1:38 pm

        Great! I am happy it is being put to good use.


      • Kathy Funk November 23, 2016 / 2:01 pm

        Great! I’m happy it is being put to good use!


  2. Kathy Funk November 23, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Have a great Thanksgiving!


  3. Diane November 23, 2016 / 12:47 am

    Oh Joy…..I’m so impressed with the progress on your project. You must be very proud of everything that you have accomplished so far!! Happy Thanksgiving!


    • joyleisen November 23, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks Aunt Diane! It’s been really rewarding to see things coming together slowly but surely 🙂


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