On my way to a lavenderia, I stop to watch electricians install a new electrical service to the front of a residential/commercial building on Main Street.

Like most of the homes in this neighborhood, there is a retail space on the bottom floor. Atop the retail space,accessible by a door and stairs, is an apartment.

In this refurbish, the retail space serves as a staging ground for conduit, PVC pipe, bags of mortar, tools and lunch boxes. In our modern times,all buildings have to have water, sewer and electrical capabilities meeting city codes. These building exteriors, protected by Historical Site designations, are brick or adobe plastered with a cement veneer and will stand for another hundred years if they are kept repaired.

This morning electricians have already secured a new electrical service box to masonry with metal anchors.

Electric was provided, up to now, through a thick splice of two separate wires joined and carelessly wrapped with electricians tape at the front of the building.  After new pipe is up and wire pulled, power will be reconnected to the newly installed modern box with a locking cover that meets contemporary city codes.

Inside, occupants can now power more rooms from more places in each room, power to run things that weren’t even imagined in the days this building was first built. When these buildings were built people were heating with fireplaces, lighting with candles. Horses and carriages were the rage.

It is a quick job.These guys have tools and wear hard hats and look like construction guys anywhere.

Construction, around the world, uses different materials but the process is always the same – step by step, piece by piece,bottom to top, outside in.


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