|After--happy birthday sign for Jon in the doorway|
|After (We haven't fixed the door yet. Separate project.)|
|Upstairs landing Before|
|Upstairs landing after|
Here is Jon, with his broken arm, painting the last, tricky, high up bit.
I taught myself (with the help of google) to replace outlets and switches. I could have hired an electrician, but it's actually quite easy to do yourself. The outlet below, besides being paint covered and generally gross, could no longer grip electrical plugs. It had been my nightly ritual for YEARS to wiggle the lamp cord that was plugged into it in order to get it to light. Now, weeks after replacing the outlet, it still seems like a miracle that now all I have to do is turn the lamp on. No more cord wiggling.
I had trouble with these light switches--the one the furthest to the right had a different wiring configuration. I think I need to buy a different type of switch. It has never worked, anyway. We have NO IDEA what it will turn on if it were to work. I was kind of excited to find out, but I guess we will never know.
Also, the switch furthest to the left is a bit crooked, and as a result, one of the screws for the new switch plate won't fit. I think I can fix it, but for now, I am done fiddling with the breaker box.