Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
I like that the sink and faucet are directly below the breaker box.

[color=black]What!? Haven you heard the term "hydroelectric" before? :rolleyes: [/color]

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[color=black]But all joking aside, I totally agree that the sink's location is poor and not to code, however it was only very temporary at the time (there had been a sink there), however that’s still a poor excuse. At the time I needed to print of a pile of photographs in time for Christmas present for my sister. The sink now sits on the wall opposite of the main counter top, well clear of the panel as it should and the old copper/plastic/hose/chewing gum water lines have been removed as well.[/color]

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It has been an interesting saga, I wanted to build a darkroom but in the end I am practically rebuilding most of the basement. And now here is the rant, I really think that every home improvement/renovation show should begin with a warning to people to: A.) Get the proper permits and B.) hire qualified people. If you are planning on doing some of the work on your own, that’s fine so long as you do it PROPERLY and that means getting an inspection. The previous home owner did none of this when they decided that they wanted to "finish" off the basement and generate a few bucks at the same by making the space into an illegal apartment. In the process of their renovation they placed (in this order) a plastic laundry sink, washer and dryer under the main breaker panel. Oh that wasn’t the only thing they did wrong either, here’s the short list:

-Powering a 220 volt clothing dryer with two separate 110 volt lines, both of which where on the same phase (bet they never did figure out why the thing never worked)

-Attaching several 4x8 sheets of drywall with between 6 to 8 straight nails

-finishing (if I can call it that) off a wall over 20’ in length and not including a single electrical outlet.

-using “recycled” wire (stuff that was about twice as old as the house), and duct tape instead of electrical tape.

-using a rubber backed carpet on a concrete floor (mildew, fungus and mould)

-reversing the hot and neutral wires in the few outlets they did install (no ground wire either, they cut them off!

-using 2’ nails in a 2x4 (well, that was a plus, it was oh so easy to pull apart)

-and using a putty knife to mud the drywall joints.

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]-about 1/3 of every pipe fitting they had solder showed signs that it has leaked at one time[/size][/font]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman] Clearly these people where somewhat out of their league (and minds) when they attempt to finish off the basement and as a result its taken quite a bit of time to undo their mistakes which unfortunately has kept me out of the darkroom. Was it worth it – hell ya – even with the extra work involved I would still rather shoot film then vegetate in front of a computer using PhotoShop. [/font][/size]

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Long Live Film!!![/size][/font]