I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned once or twice that our house is somewhere around 100 years old. While a lot of work has already been done (both by previous owners and now by us) more remains.
Most recently I’ve been unable to stay connected on the Playstation network for any period longer than 10 minutes, these disconnects caused by the DSL modem reestablishing a link. Line noise is evident when talking on the phone, and it’s top of the suspect list for internet interuptions.
This is seriously impairing my ability to entertain myself with Fraternal zombie mayhem!
So, I wander down to the basement and look at the wiring. I look again, and I feel that sinking feeling in my stomach. There are a lot more wires than receptacles in the house (or at least those I’ve found), and I can’t easily identify the main service (what I thought was the main service turned out to be a grounding wire that goes outside the house and then nowhere – don’t ask, I’ll deal with that one another time).
So, the newest project is twofold. I’m identifying and removing dead cable runs, re-wiring the main distribution point and while I’m getting dusty and irritated I thought I’d trace the old alarm system wiring while I was at it (like most alarm system pulls the techs just cut the wires at the alarm system end and then at each device. Tracing these wires would make the installation of my burglary system CONSIDERABLY easier).
So far two dead runs have been dealt with (Including a phone outlet mounted in a 4′ space between a basement wall and the side of the basement stairs.. so well hidden this is the first time I’ve seen it since we bought the house).