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Friday
Apr272012

Drawing and inking domestic circuit plans

It's been a productive week on the coursework front. I'm keeping to my self-imposed rule of 'doing', but then it's been just 12 days since I set this goal so I'd be pretty lame if I had fallen off the wagon already.

Part of the KLC project I'm currently working on involves drawing plans and explaining the workings of all the services in my home.  Pipe and cable runs for the central heating, electricity, gas services and water, including explanations of how they come into the home and are distributed throughout the house.  This seemed fairly straight forward initially, but as an example, when you actually get into the nitty gritty of how a boiler and water cylinder and associated equipment is plumbed into a set of pipes that snake around a home to make a fully functioning system, it starts to get pretty confusing and mind numbing.  Once you've understood how it works, you've got to explain, draw and present it.  When you've got the ground floor nailed, there's a huge sigh of relief until you remember that there's the 1st floor plan to do aswell.

Now there's an element of guess work when drawing the plans up. As I was not around in 1927 when my home was built, I was having to get down on all fours, feeling the heat from the pipework under the floorboards to try and understand how they were laid.  The extension of the house is a much easier task, it is underfloor heating and only installed 3 years ago.  We project managed the building of the extension and the house renovation so I still have an understanding and vivid memories of this part of the project, the entire ground floor was laid just 2 weeks before Christmas (with 12 people to cook for, we must have been bloody mad).

So I'm planning on having the electricity circuit plans finished today.  I've done the mains circuit, I now need to complete the lighting circuit.

I've learned with experience now that these projects take longer than one initially estimates. I planned to have this interior construction booklet finished by 24th March, and a month later, I believe I've got another full (24/7) week of work to complete it.  I think it pays to take as much time as you need, as long as you are progressing even in small steps, as the presentation is as important as the facts.

And on the subject of 'doing', another of my goals was to design network more this year and I'm really looking forward to catching up with Annie and meeting Tina tomorrow, as well as a bunch of other likeminded ladies.

Have a lovely weekend folks. What are you up to ?

 

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Seeing you! Oh and re-doing my sodding cabinet drawing :(

Well you know I feel your pain! When I started M4 in January I set myself a month for each project and now, end of month four, I'm coming to the end of the second one. It does take twice as long as you think doesn't it? But we get quicker each time at least.

I'm not looking forward to that one. Dull dull dull. Drawing the outside made me want to move house as I was so sick of the building by the time I'd found out that much about it!

You're drawings are so perfect sam. How on earth do you get your corners so perfect?

See you tomorrow! xxx I shall be gagging for a glass of wine by then (unless tina's booked us somewhere dry again!)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

This project looks like a ton of work! Oops, my apologies for stating the obvious. Just wanted to let you know that I admire you're determination, hard work, and 'doing'! You and Annie are rocking it. (Your drawings look great, btw.)
Is it weird that I'm all kinds of excited for you, Annie, and Tina getting together? Well, I am. Have fun, ladies! Just know, that your buddies across the pond wish we could join you.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

And Chi! She's coming too :)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Well done you - your drawings look picture perfect! Sad fact: I actually really love doing lighting and power lay-outs - less keen on the mechanical side of things though... Keep it up & it was great to meet you at the BYW meeting on Saturday!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterursula (room to bloom)

Ugh, I HATED that project with a passion!!!

Your drawings look so professional, much better than my ones. Totally agree about every single project taking longer than expected, but it's worth it in the end!

Hope you ladies had a fun weekend!

Consumer units should be labeled so you can tell which fuse/ circuit breaker is part of what circuit. All the wiring for all your house starts at the consumer unit. Each fuse/circuit breaker protects the wiring for individual circuits. Usually you will have a lighting circuit on each floor as well as a "ring" circuit for your socket outlets. There will also be other circuits for things like immersion heaters, central heating, cookers, etc.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing supplies

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