Let my mom know that the wood that supports the kitchen sinks was starting to rot (they are the original sinks from this 1939-ish house, so 80years old. My Mom decided that our house needed to have the kitchen repaired upgraded, too.
The kitchen had a new floor, kitchen sink, and counter top installed. It also had the old lighting removed and modern lighting installed. A new exhaust hood was installed. The kitchen also was repainted as part of the project, too.
During the install, I mentioned to the contractor the symptoms I had observed of electrical problems.
The symptoms were: big voltage sag when turning on the microwave oven. Static coming from radio and PC speakers, now and then, intermittently, randomly. Lights dimming in kitchen randomly, a little, like there was a loose connection, but without any 'noise' of arcing that I could hear.
He is also a licensed electrician, so one day he shutdown house power, turned off all circuit breakers, and investigated the main circuit panel with all the circuit breakers and their connections. He said he found a handful of connections from the circuit breakers to the wires that were loose, and tightened them.
I watched over his shoulder when he opened the main circuit breaker box, and now feel comfortable to do it myself, for next time.
He did also say the connections to the socket in the kitchen that the microwave used were loose, and replaced the plug with a new GFI plug, too
I had never even considered investigating the main circuit breaker panel for loose connections, I had only thought to investigate the wiring connections to the wall plugs, and to possibly find and add insulation to any wires that had frayed insulation, like the one wall socket I had already found and fixed.
Now I know to re-investigate the circuit breaker connections in the main box, in addition to checking all the plug connections and insulation of those wires in the plug boxes, if the symptoms ever re-appear.
Circling back to the kitchen project, at this point the kitchen looks excellent, and the only remaining milestone is to install a new exhaust hood over the stove, and supply the new hood with electricity, then the project will be done.
The contractor for the kitchen was Aselin Contracting. He did all the cabinetry work, sink install, and counter/floor tile, and electrical work. He was very polite, did steady progress, and never seems to rush. The painting was sub-contracted out, and they did a good job.
So, for any future work, depending on what kind, I now have personal good experiences with two sets of contractors over the years: Aselin Contracting, and Krier Builders.
Tags: 2014, aselin, electricity, kitchen