Our electrician came back this week and finished installing our new intercom system. We now have an intercom in the 2nd floor apt., in our kitchen, and in Steve's office in the basement.
We relied on the expertise of John the electrician for selecting the right model- not something we usually do- but he is a great guy and knows his stuff.
I can't recall if I'd mentioned this, but we had decided to add the system since the vestibule/entry walls were down. We got a Pacific Electronics Apartment Station #3404. Steve still needs to mortise out the door jambs to fit the new electric strike plates that will allow our tenants to buzz people in rather than come down and open the door manually.
I know it isn't period and if the original old systems were in place, we would have kept them. But we have to think about the marketability of the building as a rental as well. Getting this work done felt good-like we are bringing "up" the building, which is a good feeling.
Speaking of the tenants, I called "Thadeus" tonight and had a short chat. When it comes down to it, I am a softie and if I can help someone, I will. I myself, went through a very rough financial period while in college supporting myself and I am sympathetic to the plight of students. I did tell him that we were not in the position to have this happen on an ongoing basis like it did last year and I was concerned about that. I said, "of course if something happens once in a while, we can handle it(softie)." I think we will be okay- we'll see.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions-they really were good ones.
our hallway/kitchen unit
basement control center
Tonight we had to move some wood in the basement to make way for the drywall we will be picking up tomorrow night at Home Depot for the entry. This weekend Steve will be reinforcing and adding new furring strips in the room to support the drywall and insulating. I will be finishing up stripping the trim for the room and carefully stripping around the window in there.
On Sunday, Steve's siter Teri may be coming for a visit from Kenosha, WI to hang out and see our completed (almost anyway) kitchen.