Before leaving I had made the decision to have the entire building re-wired and have new panel boxes installed as well as putting each of the 3 units on individual electric meters. The electricians started that job on September 18, 2014 with a D&R scheduled with Florida Power and Light. The tedious job of going through and wiring each room of each unit to its on panel box began after my return from DC. We are still today checking and connecting to the appropriate panel boxes.
In addition to installing individual electric meters and new panel boxes, I wanted all AC units on their own dedicated circuits, as well as dedicated circuits for my microwave and I needed to install additional outlets on circuits dedicated to my electronic equipment. In addition two additional water heaters had to be wired in for the other two units.
I had also made the decision to have two exterior walls on the north and northeast side of the building completely replaced which required jacking up the ceiling and my bedroom floor above to replace the walls. The north wall which had a door in it was replaced with a new egress window installed instead of the door which really served no purpose to being there since it was the bedroom on the downstairs unit. I contracted with Wise Builders to have the walls replaced and a window installed. The permitting process with the City of Holly Hill took a little extra time because with the walls being weight bearing walls we had to have an engineer or architect prepare drawings and sign off on the plans.
The decision to replace the walls was made after I discovered some water damage in the drywall and after punching a hole in the wall to see where the water was coming from I discovered the wall studs simply no longer supported the ceiling and floors above.