Monday, June 2, 2008

This Hobbit-hole is Wired

Bilbo and Frodo had their adventures long before electricity was invented. However, since oil lamps and candles are a fire hazard for children, I decided I had better use electric lighting instead. So I ran grey conduit pipe and pulled 12/2 UF Burial Wire through it. (Yep, it was hard to pull it through, especially with turns like this in the pipe. And, yes, I know it is redundant to run wire that is already rated for outdoors (above or below ground) through grey conduit. But I figured that I might as well make it extra safe.) The wire is not yet live, and since this picture was taken, I dug a deep trench to bury it. Finishing the wiring inside will be a later task. I plan to put in four light fixtures (extra-cool, old-fashioned, hobbit-looking ones) and one GFCI outlet (with a nifty, antique-looking faceplate).

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A hobbit-hole in my backyard? It may sound crazy, but I can tell you that my kids love it. It is the coolest playhouse ever. Plus, they can enjoy the grassy hill for sledding in winter and water sliding in summer. This was all my wife's idea. She dreamt it, and I got to be the one to bring it to reality. I'm not a construction expert; this was a total do-it-yourself job by a complete amateur. It has turned out rather nicely, I think. Here is the story of how it came to be.

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