You would think that in over four years of marriage, Tuvia and I would get to know each other’s skills pretty well. In this case, neither of us knew that Tuvia had it in him- apparently the hubs can do hard-wire installation! I mean, obviously I knew but just felt that he should discover this talent on his own…
Let’s rewind a bit: Tuvia’s parents had this light fixture in their attic and offered it to us when we lived in our last apartment where it reflected light onto our IKEA-filled space. It’s been sitting, covered in bubble wrap and paper, in our front closet for some time now and Tuvia decided it was time to go on the ceiling.
The first thing we did was figure out what switch in the fuse box cuts the power to those wires. Once
all the clocks reset we figured it out, he took down the old light fixture (as simple as two screws), which left two wires and a hole in the ceiling.
Then all we had to do was screw in the lightbulbs and glass orchids! We actually didn’t have the right lightbulbs on hand so Tuvia went to Home Depot while I had my first driving lesson (BTW I am a wonderful driver, no big deal…by which I mean a HUGE deal).
I came home to the finished product!
The work was not yet finished because we also wanted to install a timer for the light since we are Sabbath-observant and do not turn lights on and off from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.
Because we had used this timer in our old apartment, one of the wires from the time had become frayed and we had to trim it .
The wires were too hard to bend by hand, so he used pliers to straighten the wires from the wall to couple it with the timer wires.
I would show what the light fixture looks like in the “grand scheme” of the dining room, but that’s for the next house tour edition! (Working on it, I promise)
I’m a little torn because while I love the light fixture itself, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it in this space, but just about anything would be an improvement on the old one and now we all know Tuvia can hard-wire so it was a total win! (And then he indulged my pregnant cravings and made pancakes from scratch so all in all a VERY happy day for me)
Have you ever discovered a hidden skill? Hard-wired for the first time? How did it go?