Saturday, August 9, 2014

Can you feel my energy?

 It's such an awesome song.  I even stream it at work sometimes. 

We were able to do our first few electrical upgrades in our house recently.  Basically, we accidentally got submerged in lighting isle of Lowes, haha.  We installed a programmable thermostat for the upstairs... but I won't bore you with pictures of that. We hadn't bothered buying one last year when we did the downstairs because we weren't using the upstairs yet.. it was sticking at 60.  This year, we'll be living up there.

We also upgraded the basement smoke detector.  We noticed that it would set off the others, but wouldn't make any noise itself.  We're still planning to do the others at some point, as they're clearly over the 10 year replacement range.  Again, boring, no pictures.

I also swapped out the very yellow light switch in the boys room, since it very clearly clashed with the nice white trim we painted in there.  Wasn't too bad, but agian, I won't bore you with that either.

I'll bore you with this!  Light fixtures!  Everyone cheer!

These ugly energy-wasters had bugged me since we moved in.  The previous paint jobs were bad so I did just as bad a job when I painted the bathroom.  I was sooo happy to finally swap these things out.

Okay, pain in the butt #1.  I didn't know what circuit it was on, and killed the power to the whole house.  Meh, better safe then sorry, right?  I'll come back to that.

I had to google how to take this thing down.  Unscrew the bulbs and then just pull those metal things off.   I felt a little dumb with the simplicity of it.

That left us with the light strip.  that was pretty easy, you just unscrew.  So far so good.

And take it off the wall.  Piece of cake.  Real electricians might have spotted the problem by now.

Blissfully unaware, I went downstairs and repeated, leaving me with another lightness void.... still no notice of the problem.

We're losing daylight, so I go right to the new light fixtures instructions, and it says to just simply screw the new fixture to the existing light fixture box.  Piece of cake, done before sundown.  You might have guessed it by now... but I go back to the bathroom and exclaim "Oh crap! There's no light fixture box!"

Yep.  Both of them with no box.  What makes matters worse, it that there is a stud on one side and the water pipes on the other.  No nice round fixture box is going to fit there at all.

So this meant two things.  One, I shut off the power to the whole house originally and now it's dark out.  I don't even know what circuits this is on to allow me to turn on the rest of the house.  So our house is very dark and our kids need to get ready for bed.

Two, I have about 10 minutes of shopping time at the local home depot if I leave right away.

So I bolt out the door, and go and buy every fixture box I could find.  While I was out, Jon guessed as to which circuits he knew the bathroom wasn't on, and was able to get a few rooms working again.  It helps to know how to use a multi-meter I guess :)

With some finagling, I was able to get an outlet type box up there, and get the plate to fit on it. 

It wasn't easy, and I had to drill an extra hole in the box for the adjustment screw, but we got it.

So, once that drama was out of the way, I was able to get the downstairs bathroom light on the wall and working.  We're going to paint.... someday.... so I didn't bother making it look nice.

The upstairs bathroom I actually decided to wait until the next day to install it.  I thought it would be better to paint it before the install.  This is an really awful picture, but trust me, it looks 10x better. 

It puts people in great light too.  See how cut and attractive Eli looks here?  Hahahahahaha....

Really.  I should go take another picture soon.


kelly said...

I love your house. "Cut corners?!" the builder exclaimed, "No sir, we save money by skipping entire steps."

Cassie said...

I imagine something like this... "Well, time to out it on the market. Flip on the lights and we'll take some pictures. Oh dang it! I forgot to call an electrician."