Friday, April 8, 2016
ELMER AGAIN !!!!
Someone asked if we buy an Englisher house, do they take the electrical wiring out of the house or do the Amish that buy it take it out. This is another one of those Amish things that can be confusing. It depends where you live and what Amish group you belong to.
Let me tell you a bit about other areas first. When an Amish person buys an Englisher house, it is up to the Amish to take the electric wiring out of the house. Depending on what Amish group it is, it depends on how long you have to get the electric out. In other groups, you don't have to take the wiring out, just disconnect the house from the electric pole and you are done.
When we bought our first, there was electric wiring in it and we just had the house disconnected from the electric pole. Anna and I never had the electric turned on when we bought it. It took some time for us to get the electric company to understand why we wanted to disconnect from the pole, but they finally got the idea and disconnected us.
Now, when we built our new house - are you ready for this one - we had to have electric wiring put in our house. Zoning law and all. We did not have to use it, but we had to have it. So we had to have installed something we will never use, but had to have or they wouldn't approve the construction of the house so we could move in.
We are not the only Amish new built house that had to have that put in. We even have sockets in our house. But, we are not hooked up to electric.
Certain village, town, county, even states have to have certain things before the house is improved for inspection. In our area this must be a county rule because we know Amish in northern New York State that can have houses without electrical wiring in them - purchased or built.
I guess having electric wiring in our house would be a great selling point, if Anna and I ever decided to sell the house - which we are not. But then, chances are if we ever sold it would go to someone in our family or another Amish family. So still, it wouldn't matter if the wiring is in the walls or not.
What really got us was that when we built the house, we had to pay for all this wiring in our house, that we will never use. But zoning is zoning.
How does the inspector know if we have wiring in our house or not? When we built the house, the inspector came to inspect the house when we put the wiring and plumbing in before we put the inside walls up. I suppose it we wanted to be bad, we could have taken the wiring out after the inspector passed the building, but Anna and I don't do that sort of thing. I guess some people have done it, though.
Sometimes people say we don't have electric in our house. I do say, we have it. We just never hooked up to it and we don't use it. It confusing people who are not Amish.
Anna thought I would like answering this question. I don't know why. She said it was just one of those confusing things I would enjoy answering. I guess she is right.
Keep those questions coming in.
Trust God's Wisdom,