Most everyone who knows me, knows working on my house is something I do.  We’ve added doors, removed doors, added a walk-in closet, new floors, new deck, remodeled the kitchen, remodeled one of the bathrooms, the second is in the middle of a remodel right now, I’m building a custom fireplace mantle and entertainment center, so change is the only constant here.

One of Mama Bear’s desires for a few years has been to get rid of the ceiling fan-light unit in the entryway.  We’ve gone back and forth on it trying to decide what we wanted to do.  With the removal of the lift (another fine spur of the moment jobs when we needed access for the Reverend when she couldn’t walk and lived with us for a while), I started to remodel the entryway some more.  What can you remodel in an entryway you ask?  Well, when we moved in it was totally enclosed,  just the stairs going up and the stairs going down.  Along comes me (well my dad actually took the first swing I think) and presto-chango the entryway is open to the main part of the house and the kitchen now.

So after many discussions about what to put back into the gaping hole where the lift was, we decided to try putting in an acrylic “wall”…  only the acrylic we saw was just too flimsy.  I could just see it, our neighbors come over and their son runs by, bounces into it, it pops out and he takes a trip down the stairs, without using the stairs, not a good vision.  So while we were sitting having a sub, we started brainstorming again.  Mama Bear brings up the bookcase idea she had before, I of course am thinking about ti facing the wrong way, so my vision isn’t matching hers, but when we finally got that straightened out, we had a meeting of the minds.

A quick run across the street to Home Depot and supplies in hand I’m already thinking about it, but we also went and looked at lights.  We both had looked at Lowes earlier and saw a couple, but nothing that tripped the right buttons, for the right price.  Then there is was, a nice light, a little antique effect bronze, that wouldn’t show dust too badly and yet would have enough light for the entryway.  We both liked it.  I should have known that was a bad sign…

So we brought it home and this afternoon I went to take the old light/fan out.  I feel the need to explain, I have a love-hate relationship with this house.  I love working on it, it is ours, I can do almost anything I want to it, but I hate finding what the previous owners have done.  Wiring issues, things hung from walls/ceilings that should never have been asked to support that weight, plumbing that should just never have gone where it did… So I am almost never surprised, and sometimes not very happy with what I might find when I start something new.

I took the old fan-light down, and as I’m looking at the bracket it was hanging from I don’t see the electrical box it should have been attached to.  The wires just come out of a hole in the ceiling and the bracket just has 2 bolts sticking through holes in the plaster, I’m thinking “not a good sign”.  So I get it unbolted and sure enough, the bolts are apparently attached to one of those little plates and it is sitting loose just on top of the drywall…  So once again, one of my projects has gone from a simple unbolt it bolt the new one in project to let’s do it right.  I need to go get a box that hangs from the joists so it will support the light and then put that in, which requires another trip to the store and a trip into the attic, so this one isn’t getting done for a few days…

The good news is I spent hours and hours flying this weekend, so I’m nice and relaxed, in spite of my ongoing relationship with our house… 🙂

 

Out with the old fan-light...

Out with the old fan-light…

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