Mama Diaries

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mama the Electrician

We are getting ready to put our house up for sale for our move to Atlanta.  One thing we're doing, is updating the light fixtures.  My husband came home with six of them.  "Do you want to put some of these up?" he asked.

"Do you want me to blow up the house?"  I answered.  Apparently he had forgotten how much trouble I had replacing a light bulb about six months ago.

"Woman, it's easy.  Just watch." 

He tackled the kitchen chandelier first.  He pulled down the old one, leaving wires protruding from the ceiling.  Then he did some cutting and scraping and connecting.  Then he put the new chandelier up.  Or at least he tried.  He took a look at it and said a few choice words, which I won't mention on my G rated blog.  "It's backwards," he explained.

Oh.  I definitely would have never known that.  An hour later, after many tries, and many more choice words, he got that thing up.

"Okay, woman.  Now you know how it's done.  You get to do the rest of them."

Uh, right!

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    1. I'm sure you could imagine what they were!

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  2. haha I'm sure you can at least get the few choice words down

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  3. LOL!!! That sounds like a conversation we'd have around here :)

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    1. That seems to be typical when DIY projects are involved!

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  4. I have a few choice words for him. They are as follows: Get your butt in gear and don't tell my girl Sherry what to do. She is the MAMA.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Ha! That's right, Janie. You tell him!

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  5. Seems familiar conversation.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I think all married couples have them!

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  6. *LOL* How did the rest of them turn out?

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    1. We took down the old fixtures and discovered we had to do some patching and painting before the new ones could be installed. So right now, we have no lights - just a bunch of wires hanging out of the walls. (And yes, this situation has elicited a few more choice words!)

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  7. I think you'll have to erase the tries before the last to remember "how it's done."

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    1. Unfortunately, they're all still embedded in my brain!

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  8. LOL Hope the rest of them went up easier.

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  9. Haha I think I would have uttered some choice words of my own, if I'd been told to do them. What was the end result? :)

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    1. Only one fixture is up. The rest are still in boxes. (See comment to Christine.)

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  10. As long as I cut the power, I'm not intimidated by electrical work. The worst that could happen is I get electrocuted.
    I won't touch plumbing, though.
    The worst that could happen there is the toilet overflowing.
    And then Mrs. Penwasser will kill me.

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    1. So you'd die either way. What's the difference? LOL! My recommendation is that you refrain from doing plumbing and electrical work at the same time. (Aren't I a genius?) ;)

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  11. Are you still taking him to Atlanta?

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  12. Ha! Hopefully that was the practice one and the others will go perfectly fine.

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  13. No way! We had a ceiling light with a metal chain in the basement when I was growing up that would shock you if you were barefooted. I hated to wear shoes. Need I say more. ;)

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  14. My former day job forced me to set up a chandelier once, as tall as I am, with some help of course from the guys to do the lifting. It was just funny to see them all waiting for instructions while I was trying to figure out the manual. :) I had to pretend I knew what I was doing. :)

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  15. Yuck! I like fix it jobs, but installing light fixtures is definitely a completely different ball game! This is the type of situation where enough ridiculous questions get you out of everything. ;)

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