Rewiring a Recording Studio

I just got a job helping rewire a home recording studio. It’s only three days worth of work, and it doesn’t pay much, but it sure feels good to do something besides sit in front of a computer.

The building passed inspection and they have all the basic soundproofing and studio monitors in place, but the rest of the wiring was done by an electrician who just wanted to get paid and get gone.

It’s not like that’s unusual. This guy’s a low-bid contractor, who’s overbooked and too cheap to pay anyone else to do the job right. –Well, boys and girls, we all know that you get what you pay for. Right?

The “master electrician” has been swearing for weeks that he’ll get back over and “do the job right.”

In the meantime, the contractor’s board has been notified, so now he’s trying to shift the blame to his helper, in spite of him being there the whole time.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, two nice microphones went walkabout, one mixer joined them and a lot of little stuff has disappeared….. Whatever.

Any way you look at it, it’s somebody else’s problem. I’m just drilling holes, running conduit and pulling wires.

We started last night and the dude that owns the house was working right along side me.

It turns out that he doesn’t mind getting dirty, sweaty and tired. It’s a damn good thing because there’s dust and crap everywhere.

While we were catching our breath and drinking a cold one he told me I could borrow the studio any time I wanted.

It’s a shame I can’t carry a tune with a forklift. Not that I want to be a singer anyway, I just want to play with the toys.

I took one of the manuals home so I could read it and look up the words I don’t understand. –This way I don’t sound like an idiot when I talk to the engineer.

Now we’re discussing video taping his wife while she sings and putting it on YouTube. So it looks like I may get paid to learn how to use Adobe Premier.

I got home late and got up early, and I’m tired, but I feel better than I have in a quite a while.

I guess it’s worth the long days and short sleep, just to have something useful to do.

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