Another home maintenance adventure

The kitchen light went out so we got a different light to put in.  I’ve embellished these instructions so that you know what to expect if you are in the bottom 5th percentile of people attempting home repair. Place the base of the light fixture into the electrical junction box in the ceiling.  You do have a junction box up there, don’t you?  You don’t?  Well, go to the store and get a drywall saw and cut out a hole and put one up there.  You back?  Good.  Now screw in these two  screws and put the base of the fixture on to the screws and twist it into place.  I hope you don’t mind that there isn’t really enough room to check the alignment of the screws and keep your hand out of the way at the same time in that impossibly narrow, darkened space.  I’ll wait till you’re done with that………………………………………………………………3 hours?  Are you serious?  You bent the screws and messed up the threading?  Fiberglass in your eyes and lungs?  Shredded the aluminum heat shield and most of the fiberglass?  Excuse me while I take a moment to laugh heartily.

We actually began this project a couple of days ago hoping to just change the ballast on the old light.  It turned out to be a one-of-a-kind model, just like most of the home hardware I’ve ever tried to replace…not found on the web, etc.  Well, guess I learned how to cut a bit of drywall and remove fiberglass splinters.

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