Saturday, November 26, 2005

It's all about the plugs

Our formal living room/dining room area is finally taking shape. All the boxes have been unpacked, the room has been cleaned, and it is actually presentable save for the area on and around the dining table, which contains two air conditioners that still need installing and various bits and pieces of things that have no place to go.

In preparing the room, we were searching for the plugs to see where to put things. Now, this is a big room, as big (probably a bit bigger) than our den and bedroom combined, it is nearly 50% of the space of the entire apartment, and what do we discover? It has ONE PLUG. One. Plug. A huge room, with one plug. How delightful. Yiayia had lamps that were never plugged in. I don't really know how she and papou lived with this situation for 30 some odd years, but they managed. I, however, cannot.

The irony is, every other room in this apartment has two or more plugs, and the other rooms are much, much smaller. Even the hallway has a plug for god's sake.

Now I admit to being slightly plug obsessed. But hey, we are a plugged in household. We need plenty of plugs for basic survival.

My biggest nightmare is that the electrician will come and tell us there is nothing he can do. But surely that won't happen. It can't happen. I need more plugs!!!


adfjkaj said...

Another evening of watching the baby! My suggestion for your outlet situation is this. First, is it a suko outlet (suko is a large, grounded outlet). You can ask your husband if you are not sure. Well, if it's a suko, then you can go to the Carre-four supermarket and get a large surge protector strip. It cost me 30 euros and has about 7 outlets on it, all protected by a surge switch. Of couse, please don't take my word on it and double check with the electrician as I'm no electrician. Good Luck!

deviousdiva said...

We had the exact same situation here only with two plugs on in crap positions at each end of the room. All we did was wire (externally) two extra double sockets. All you need is good extension cable and the sockets that can be wall mounted. We did it during the day so we could switch off the entire electricity. Who can trust a fusebox here to turn off just the bits you're dealing with! Anyway, what I am trying to say is don't worry. It most definately CAN be done...even here.

Cynthia Rae said...

I too live in a plug challenged house. To make things worse NONE of the German stuff works on our outlets. We have so many plug converters and extensions that we could open in our own store!

Wishing you a belated Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you found a way to celebrate!
Con Affetto,

Mike said...

Yup, same here. Had to surface mount external adaptors on the walls, only we had a hell of a job finding any where the backs could be screwed off. btw, scruffy's advice re the surge protectors... go for it, if you haven't already got one (two?) - friend of mine reckons she lost two mobo's thru lightning strikes (get one where the phone connects too, for the modem).

melusina said...

Yea, we'd normally resort to a surge protector but our antiquated air conditioner/heater happens to be plugged in to that lone plug. I don't like overloading outlets when something like an air conditioner is plugged into it.

In the den, we had to have an electrician fashion us extra plugs, and we have surge protectors on the T.V./DVD etc., and surge protectors and UPSs on our computer network (three computers). We don't need too much plugged into the big room (since its for company and not "hanging out") but it would be nice to have SOME plugs, in case we decided to put a TV in there, or hook up the jambox, or any of ten thousand other things that can be plugged in (including yiayia's old lamp!).

Needless to say, I am going to have to check the outlet situation in the house we had built to make damn sure there are enough outlets. Sheesh!

Mike said...

OK, one 'puter for you, one for Thanos... the three cats have to share one 'puter between them!?! Uh-oh!

deviousdiva said...

WHAT! You want to plug two or more appliances into one socket!! Holy moly. That's against the law here isn't it? LOL