I wish that damn Tesla dude would have finished perfecting wireless
electricity before he went insane. I'm moving shop again, my tiny little
manufacturing operation. And once again, all the outlets are on the
walls. So, I'm compelled to put the assembly workbenches along the
walls, which means all the racks and cabinets of parts and supplies and
tools have to sit out in the middle of the room, which annoys the Feng
Shui gods something awful.
If electricity really can't come out the air, why don't people who
design industrial buildings put some damn outlets in the floor or the
ceiling? I'm seriously thinking that I'm going to put the shelving on
the walls and run extension cords out to the benches, and let the
workers trip over them, and break their necks. In court I'll claim that
the outlets didn't come with permanently affixed warning stickers, and
that OSHA neglected their lawful duty to make sure I don't do anything
If the landlord is letting you change out the floor covering, I'm sure
he would let you rig some power poles in the middle of the room. Add an
extender box to a couple of outlets, and run raceway or conduit up the
walls and across the ceiling, and a purpose-built pole like they use
with dropped ceilings and that damn modular office furniture, or just
L-bracket a 2x6 in place firmly, and screw one of those benchtop power
strips from HF to it. Should be able to do the whole thing for a hundred
bucks or so. Installed carefully, it would come out cleanly, and next
tenant would never even know it was there.
The landlord *is* pretty amenable to changes. He even knocked a hole in
a wall and put in a double door for me, on his nickel. (I did decide to
pass on new flooring, at least for now, after getting a couple of spendy
quotes and the idiotic suggestion to put self-stick tiles on top of the
I like the power pole or even ceiling outlet idea, but agree with
DerbyDad that I'd be in licensed electrician territory for that. There
is something weird about the ceiling, though. I'm going to have to take
a closer look at it today.
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