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the valor of ignorance

Written on September 30, 2004

Home improvement time here at Thistle Dew. I had a spot for a light fixture (a gaping hole with wires in it, to put it plainly) and when this one showed up on freecycle, I grabbed it. It came sealed in its original plastic with new bulbs . . .

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Installing it was pretty easy: the core part wasn’t big enough to cover the hole so a trip to the Big Box hardware emporium was called for. They didn’t have anything quite large enough, so the job isn’t finished.
So why the title of this post? On my first attempt to install it, I dutifully shut off the breakers I thought controlled that circuit, but as I hit the light switch on afterwards, I realized they weren’t the right ones. I was careful to turn off the switch (though dimmers add a certain variability) so it wasn’t really dangerous, but even so, the knowledge that those wires could be live was worrying.

So far, so good: it looks like a three-legged octopus, but it works fine.

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