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Posted 11/17/2012 by ADD_Housewife in NSBR Board


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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:59:47 PM
He's usually really good about staying in his area of expertise...like installing stuff, building stuff from a box, fixing plumbing leaks. And he knows my "love language" is service...him doing nice things for me.

So he's decided to get a jump on Christmas tonight and fix the dining room light. The switch in the dining room doesn't control anything. The electrical wires on the ceiling have juice, but for whatever reason the switch doesn't connect. So our chandelier has been hanging there for a year now on a swag. Very classy, I know We have to plug and unplug the light.

He's not electrically inclined. Last time he stalled a ceiling light and switch he had to call a friend to help. He keeps zapping himself. Not sure why he's doing this with live wires. I'm not entirely sure why he decided to do this at 9 pm on a Saturday night! LOL

He has the home improvement book out and I think he's going to have to go to home depot or something on Monday. We don't shop Sunday. He said something about the light being permanently on for the time being.

Thank goodness we're not having a house full of people for Thanksgiving! Or else this post might not be so "my silly DH who starts projects he has no idea how to do late on a Saturday night" and more "I can't believe what he is doing and now thanksgiving will be ruined..."

Only slightly sorry not to add an epic Thanksgiving horrors thread to the pea collective LOL

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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:28:48 PM
My dad is an electrician; I know not to mess with live wires. Unless you want to be visiting your dh in the hospital on Thanksgiving, or worse yet burying him, please DO NOT let him mess with live wires. They really aren't anything to fool with.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 1:54:24 AM
Yeah, no kidding! Good luck...!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:11:03 AM
You have my sympathy

My darling DH who is good at DIY, a perfectionist but a very busy man with his job, is trying to persuade me that he can replace ALL the WINDOWS and DOORS in out house on his own

I have no doubt that given enough time he could do it, and do it well......but I don't really want various rooms disrupted for MONTHS while he carefully replaces one window at a time, only working on Sundays because he usually only has 1 day a week off!!

I hope you get the light fixed safely!!!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:42:15 AM
As an engineer, I can tell you that electrical issues should be exclusively done by trained professionals. I have seen too many tragedies with improper wiring from electrocution to house fires.

Just curious as to why you don't shop on Sundays?


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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:43:57 AM
My husband has learned a lot from the This Old House website. They have step by step directions for a ton of projects, including wiring.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:16:14 AM
I feel this exact same way about DW. She "fixed" the heater relay. Short version: We didn't have heat for 2 days while we waited on the pro. lol

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:50:58 AM
Well, since he doesn't know that he should turn the power off at the breaker, I'd say he doesn't know even the first rules of electrical so he probably shouldn't be doing this job for his own family's safety.

2 winters ago, when we had 5-6 foot drifts around our house, our wiring shot craps along the wall in the kitchen. So for a couple months I had to run an extension cord through the house just to run a toaster, etc.

Had to cut siding off of the house in the spring so hubs could replace some wiring. Apparently it had been mousy chewed and peed on for years. blech. Now I'm totally wiring paranoid.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:36:13 AM
Your DH sounds a lot like mine. DH's dad is very handy with all kinds of DYI stuff but DH just is not. I think that he always felt that home repairs are pretty easy because he grew up with his Dad doing them with little fuss. But after a few minor (thank goodness!) mishaps, DH is learning what he can do and what is best left to the professionals.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:00:08 AM
We don't shop Sundays for religious reasons. We spend the time as a family after church.

Dh is taking Tuesday off work so he will hopefully kill the power to the room then since no one will be home. I hope.

He's a good guy.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:27:19 PM
At least he didn't start the night before Thanksgiving.
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