Originally Posted by County Mike
Now the homeowner fun can REALLY start. Hope you're good at fixing stuff.
I discovered recently, that I am a dab hand as an electrician. I am not sure how good I will be at carpentry, and I shall find out shortly if I am worth anything as a decorator.
Behind my computer lies a plug socket that juts out in a little box from the wall. The computer monitor once fell off the back and smushed the little box asunder.
I taped off the whole area with duct tape, but had to address the issue this week. Taking the old box away in bits was easy...I hoped to be able to get a case that would have an open underneith so I could just snap it into place...but such things havent been invented...so I managed to get the right size box and then realized that I would have to take the socket apart, thread all the wires through the box and reattach...bear in mind, I dont own a screw drive, and have never done anything like this before.
Fine though...easy enough, red in the red hole, black in the black hole, funny twiddly bit in the hole left...except, there were THREE Red Wires, THREE Black Wires and only one twiddly bit...the ends of all the colours were squashed into the one hole.
Soooo I took my knife and began to undo the tiny little screws...I started with the twiddly bit...then I went for the red...I noticed that as I released the screw from the hole the ends of the red wires would touch each other and make a funny noise
sooooo I went to the fusebox and I pressed the magic button...after that the red wires didnt seem to mind close contact.
The next problem was that the back of the box had a hole that was only big enough for one wire...sooooo taking the big metal kitchen poker...I think designed for roasting chickens on...I committed an act of vandalism on the back of the box to make sure the holes were big enough, but avoiding cracking to the sides....then it was a case of rethread, rescrew...and flip the fusebox switch and hope to heaven nothing goes bang.
Nothing did go bang...but then I had a problem, there were no screw holes in the back of the box to connect it to the wall, which is a foolish design...sooo I went to my picture frame hanging set, got a few nails, banged them in and hooked the back of the box lip over the line of screws...like how you hang a painting basically.
I was most proud of myself that the whole saga had taken less then an hour, and I hadnt managed to cause an electrical fire or kill myself by accidently electrocuting myself on mains voltage.
who knew I could ever do something like that and it not go wrong.