Trevor Parscal's Studio

Building a recording studio in New Hampshire

Work Lighting Complete

It’s been a great winter. Lots of snow and time with the family. After such an intense summer of construction, and all the excitement of changing jobs this past fall, I took a break from the studio to recharge a bit and focus on completing the basement. But with the basement nearly done and the weather warming up I decided it’s time to get out there and make some progress.

Over the past few days I’ve been working on the lights. Specifically, the the cables that the lights came with were way too short. I replaced them with longer ones and even soldered up some IEC power connectors so the new light cables can be easily detached from  the junction box. Probably an overkill solution but it’s very clean and I’m happy with it now that it’s done.

With all that prep out of the way I was able to finish hanging the remaining 4 lights and run conduit to the remaining 3 locations before dinner. My daughter Aurora helped me toward the end, which was awesome. Not only was it fun to build things with her but it also saved me at least 10 trips up and down the scaffolding.

At one particular point, I had to reach the top of the ceiling which is about 20ft high. This required using a ladder on top of the scaffolding. The scaffolding is already 10ft off the ground, but since Adam had recently organized the tools and placed them on the lower levels of the scaffolding the added weight increased stability. The downside being that each time I needed to move the scaffolding the added weight was working against me.

After a full day of physical work, I was pretty sore. While at dinner with my family, a friend invited me to come play music at his jam space. Later that night I headed over there and we played for an hour or so. Then a band he shares the space with came to rehearse, but had no drummer that night. I ended up sitting in and playing for a few more hours.

We played until nearly 2:30am. I was extremely exhausted. In the morning, I could barely get out of bed. It’s been a great winter, but now I really need to get back in shape.

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