Posted by: Mrs. HSH | July 25, 2011

Neverending Story

No, this is not a magical tale of the power of one boy’s crazy imagination, nor is there any sign of  the mighty Atreyu around to save the day. Unfortunately, this story is about a light fixture and a weekend project that seems to be never-ending.  Permission to stop reading now.

One of the “joys” of owning an older home is dealing with all the older (in our case, older equals roughly 80- something years) construction, wiring, pipes and the other innards that make up a house. When I purchased a few new light fixtures to replace several older ones that live in our little old lady, I didn’t realize the project we’d have on our hands. The instructions on the package of the new fixture seemed simple enough: connect black wire to black wire, blah, blah, screw in a couple of screws and voila!

Unfortunately, old wiring isn’t colored coated, or simple. Several days and three independent trips to the hardware store later, I think we might be on the verge of a breakthrough. Of course, I’m just writing about this little project, not actually participating in it. So, when Jon pulls the rest of his hair out, which will signal the end of this little adventure, I’ll be sure to include lots of pictures. Until then, this is what we’re going for. I hope it’s worth it.

Old World Style-New Fixture





  1. Yep the stupid bracket that came with the fixture won’t work on our box (and 5 of the 6 replacement options wouldn’t, either). All that work with my arms above my head makes my man-breasts swollen with pooled blood.

  2. TMI, Jon.

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