Welcome to the fray!
I get email. Hoo boy, do I get email…
And although a lot of it is just character assassination and accusations about the alleged depth (of lack thereof) of my gene pool…
Anyway… I get email from “readers”… “demanding” answers!
Like I “owe” them answers for some strange reason… It’s not like I’m doing this for a living… As if… 😉
So, I’m gonna take one email question a week, and answer that question here.
We’re gonna call it; “Ronin’s Reconstruction And Recycling Rodeo…”
Or… “RRRR” for short. It’ll be easy to remember. It’s that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, every time you tune in here… 🙂
So, let’s just jump right in there, shall we?
After all, the water can’t be that deep…
Q. “Ronin, you’re a moron! The walls of a Shipping Container are M-E-T-A-L. If I put the insulation on the OUTSIDE, like you suggest… How in the hell am I supposed to run power lines in the rooms? I mean… where do you put electrical outlets on that kinda stuff? This is just Corten Craziness!”
A. Ronin’s Electricity 101;
Here’s how to do Corten Castle Electrical… Guerrilla style.
You’re building a container home and you can’t figure out how to install electrical outlets for all your crap… after all, that lava lamp has to plug into something, huh? So, what better way to vent your frustration, than to whine at ME… Oy, you have a lot of nerve… 🙂
Well, you trouble-making, demanding, cry-baby… I’d like to take about three paragraphs, and just … um… er… never mind. I got blood pressure problems enough already, thaaaaaank you very much… 😉
But… in keeping with my “kinder, gentler philosophy on life in general…” the solution to your power problem is really quite simple.
Run your flooring to within 5″- 6″ of the walls.
Now… run your electrical and your outlets down in that created “gap.” Why? Because now you have a trough between your flooring, and the wall, right? Just make sure that it’s deep enough for your box, and the plug sticking into it.
Drop some recycled rain gutter material into it if you want. You can find it salvage for almost nothing.
Now… Cover the area over the top of it with some metal grating.
You can find it on-line, or in a catalog. If you do this, you have an affordable (and attractive) application that;
- (a) saves you money… (from all the flooring you “didn’t” install…)
- (b) versatility in your use of outlets and location, and…
- (c) gives your room a really cool contemporary look…
All “without violating the sanctity of the wall surfaces.”
You’ll easily save a few hundred bucks on flooring this way, and you gain the ability to change things whenever you want. There are literally hundreds of styles to choose from.
Just make sure that your plugs will fit through the grating cut-outs.
The idea is to run your cord straight down, and into the outlet, through the grating. That trough is even gonna be large enough to allow you to tuck a power strip or surge protector into it.
And, when you decide to completely rearrange your room, it’s pretty easy to move the outlets around, if you need to.
And, the by-product is that NOW you can push stuff up against the walls without having to allow those extra inches for the freakin’ power cords and those plugs… Man, that drives me crazy! 🙂
FYI: You can frequently find this “grate stuff” in recycling bins, or even salvage yards. If you’re up to doing a little bit of “clean up and restore” elbow grease, you can achieve something really spectacular, for a little bit of change.
It’s a great way to add some character to a project.
See, that wasn’t so hard.
Okay… next chump… er… um… question?
No innocent drywall was harmed in the production of this blog post. However, that last house “I” did? Hoo Boy, that drywall was screamin! Your mileage may vary. Why? Because some of us drive V10s, and some of us ride bicycles… Your Momma tells you not to run with scissors. Know why? She wants to be the one to make you suffer… Wait… that’s just Jewish moms… Never mind… Milk does a body good… unless somebody is drowning you in it, or they hit you on the head with the bottle… Ain’t you got anything better to do? Go on! Git!