Sunday, February 8, 2009

She moved because the order of light switches drove her crazy!

I ran into a friend this weekend who was with her friend. She introduced me to her friend and told her friend about my blogging. When I shared the recent blog I wrote about the guy who moved his family due to the location of a light switch, this woman immediately chimed in that she had moved because of the order of a gang of light switches. She said she had specifically told the electrian the order she wanted but for some reason the order she specified was not carried out. This particular group (gang) of light switches were some she used daily. She said she was never able to wrapped her mind around the order. As if she was playing charades, I saw her frustration first hand as she took her arms and fingers and acted out the way she would flip on and off several switches trying to find the one she was looking for! Daily she would find herserlf turning on the wrong switch. It became a daily source of irritation and eventually it was the catalyst that made her move!

These two blogs demonstrate why it is important to pay attention to the details of electrical plans. Chapter 7 of Designing Your Dream Home addresses electrical, HVAC, and plumbing details.


Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS said...

I can totally relate! The electrician who wired our home was completely inconsistent in his work, so that the fan in one room is on the right, in two other rooms is on the left, in the master is in the middle... You get the idea. It makes me crazy, and was totally avoidable had he paid more attention to what he was doing!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

This happened to my parents when they built their condo. The switches in the kitchen didn't make ANY sense. Even though they lived there 10 years, I swear we still had to flip every switch each time to find the main overhead one we wanted. Errrgh. Little things like that really can drive you crazy!