Our son is a civil engineering major, and he describes his classes as something off the Big Bang Theory. At least it seems that way to me. And as part of his last semester before graduating he is taking a required electrical engineering class. Although he has done quite well with his college career, this course is giving him a hard time.
I don’t really understand much about wires and circuits, but my husband learned a lot about all this from his grandfather. Together they would wire buildings and such. But when our son describes what he is learning even my husband shakes his head.
So my point in all this is to say that I know electricians are smart people. They have to have a basic understanding of so many things and also a practical knowledge of making things work. I know I couldn’t do it, and I wouldn’t want to try.
What I don’t understand is the lack of consistency I see in light switches and plugs. We have had various electricians do work for us throughout our lives, both in new houses we have built and in older structures we have remodeled. Thankfully we have had professional work done every time.
Yet we have never had electric plugs that have the grounding hole routinely at the top or the bottom. This really isn’t a big deal, and I don’t notice it unless I am going from room to room with the vacuum cleaner. But still, why can’t they all go the same way? Is that too much to ask?
And if there is ever more than one light switch in the same location, why can’t the switches be in the same place as the lights. The closer switch should control the closer light, don’t you think? Or the one on top should control the ceiling lights, and the one on the bottom could control the wall plugs.
Perhaps there is so much other information to consider that this just slips their mind. I am truly grateful that we have never had any issues with the wiring or the circuits. So like I said, maybe it isn’t that important – but it would make life a little easier for common folk like me.