Sunday, June 27, 2010

MP#5 - Renovation Begins

Finally, after so many surveys, shortlists, interviews, RFQ etc etc, the renovation begins! It's easy to just say "you can start work tomorrow" but don't expect the workers would start drilling here and there on the very next day. If you're getting a good (in term of quality, service and $$) contractor, you may need to fit his/her busy schedule than he/she fits your schedule. In addition, you may be struggling to get him/her begin working on your house if your renovation work is of the "low value project" (just touch up here and there). This is common from my experience. Bottom line, it's an art and intelligence to deal/manage the contractor. To me, it's damn bloody exhaustive~

Whatever. Let's get dirty to visit the site...



Tools and materials to get started. Electric work is always the first to start. Or simply, whatever cables/wires you want to add and conceal must start first...




Additions of power points. A proper electric work is to run the wires in the conduit pipes. An experienced contractor or electrician should ask your usage (or you should tell him/her clearly) on the power point before he/she starts laying wires. For instance, if you are going to use appliance with high power rating i.e. oven with that power point, he/she should not loop the power source from the nearby power point but lay a new wire to draw power from the main source, which is the distribution box.

Next, plan other cables as well. Telephone, water heater, air cond, network, neutral (for advanced switch), Astro etc etc...




T/P for telephone, N for network. Go for CAT6 if you have extra to thrash, though CAT5e should be more than enough for home use especially in Bulleh Land where we are still on snail broadband. Oh, ask the contractor to make an active conceal box (basically to reserve extra pipes in the wall) if you plan to subscribe to Unifi so you can conceal the orange fiber cable later, and you will need a network point at the TV area for the set top box. Also, if you plan to subscribe Astro b.yond, get the RG6 cable.

That's all I have for sharing in the middle of the night. There are many more but my brain is BSOD now. Good luck to me...


Ah~ Saw rainbow when left the house. I think tomorrow will be better. 明天会更好...