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 splice of two large thick wires joined and carelessly wrapped with electricians tape dangling down the front of the building.  After new box is up and wire pulled through legal conduit, power will be reconnected to this newly installed modern box with a locking cover that meets contemporary codes.

Inside,new occupants will be able to power more gadgets from more places in each room, have 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 simple job, this installation of a new service box.These guys have tools ,wear hard hats, and act like construction guys anywhere in the world.

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.

Working construction for decades, it is hard for me to watch other people work without wanting to lend a hand.

Retirement is difficult if you are used to doing things.

 

 

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