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Today you missed out on 700 premium swear words and phrases - some old classics, but some new and exclusive for the occasion - as I spent a couple of hours changing a faulty light pendant at the top of our stairs for a nice new fitting.
May 19, 2012
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In my defence: I'm not an electrician; our house was previously "modernised" by a cowboy builder; the existing pendant was fixed to the ceiling using some form of magic sealing compound impervious to everything save my +5 Knife of Stanley; the wiring was old and colour-coded in the now-unused fashion and required a chart to work out what was what; there was absolutely no give in the cable so all the connections and light fitting had to be made at the top of a ladder at the top of the stairs and my glamorous assistant was not a fan of being in such a position. -
At one point I ended up connecting the switched live to the live loop (today I learnt that there are things called "switched live" and "live loops" in electrical lighting circuits) by mistake which had the odd effects of having the light on when it was switched off and - when I switched it on in order to turn it off - a short circuit that tripped the upstairs fuse (complete with very impressive and very sphincter-tightening flashes when I attempted to flip the switch back on). -
I do not like DIY. -
I like DIY but I don't like electricity much... -
Mark, congrats on completing that by yourself though. -
Stephen Mack #TeamMomo
Don't forget my glamorous assistant. -
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