I’m writing this a little in advance, so I might be dead as you read this.
I know it’s a little dramatic, but you know working with electricity might be a little dangerous, especially since my life insurance policy is paid in full.
LovelyWife: Are you okay working with those wires? Are the life insurance premiums paid?
Me: Yes they are. Don’t worry!
LovelyWife: Do you want to stand in that bowl of water then? Can’t you strip these wires this with your teeth? Do you mind wearing these tinfoil underpants and that metal face plate?
Me: Har har.
Anyways, a little before our Christmas travel to Sherbrooke, our Chandelier exploded. And I don’t mean just stopped working, I mean stopped working with a giant flash and a slight burning smell. So I did what anyone would do when faced with such a situation on December 22nd late at night, I just dismantled the thing, and posted a picture on-line for your viewing pleasure (re-posted here).
But after a while, candlelit dinners – although nice – become a little hillbilly-esque. It’s time to fix the darn chandelier.
So we get a new one, and I install it. it’s really easy right? Power wire to the red wire, neutral to the white. I’m really smart, so before I close everything, I figure I’ll try it with one light bulb only, and if it works I’ll close everything. well, it didn’t work.
Maybe I inverted the wires. Nope. still not working. Time for my trusty tester. Red on red, white on white, flip the switch… Nothing. Flip the wires, still nothing. But the red wire makes little tiny sparks when I touch the tester to it. Mmmmm. Maybe I messed up and the wires were really connected to the black wires inside… Let’s try to get the tester to touch the red and black
Wow, there goes my trusty tester.
It was time to turn to a professional. And my that, I mean it was time to send a Tweet asking other Twitterers about electricity. Apparently, it could be my ground on the white wire or the switch itself. Armed with that knowledge, I drove down to RONA and hunted for supplies, and a new trusty tester.
Well, about an hour later, here is is, our new chandelier!
Look at that! it works!
A little closer, just for fun.
I’d like to thank Sheila’s RLH (Real Life Husband) for all his help through Twitter and GTalk. 😉 Thank you for not making me kill myself. 😉
Of course, as soon as it was up, LovelyWife had a few critiques helpful suggestions thoughts to share.
And so concludes the chandelier adventures.
Until something else breaks, this is LeSombre signing off. Remember: if it’s not broken, don’t touch it! But if it’s broken, dismantle it quickly and then complain about it for a few days until the problem goes away! Hey, it worked for LovelyWife.