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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The 80's Called

No not these 80's sigh....




 









Last year as a matter of fact. Remember this?























I am trying to give the 80's back the master bathroom. It has been a long progression. 

So today we go at the really crappy light fixture over the mirror. 




 








Then we find this:





 












Thanks contractors! The box is off center and the amazing thing was the fixture was NOT rated for a damp location! On top of that the ground wire was stuffed in the box. I had to grab some sandpaper to clean it up before I installed the new fixture. Sigh.. It's not exactly this old house and it was built in 86 but still..... 




 

14 comments:

  1. Welcome to the club. My son-in-law has been completely renovating 2 bathrooms for us from the 70s... heavy sigh, where the heck did the time go?? Found plenty of stuff to make our hair stand on end!! Hang in there!

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    1. I hear ya! You hang in there too my friend!

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  2. I gutted my last bathroom myself, it was all pink, WITH wallpaper trim. The fixtures I had a plumber put in, more for the sheer weight of things than I couldn't figure out what goes where. But redoing the walls and tile was a chore. Definitely worth it. Now that house is sold and I'm in a pink bathroom again.

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    1. Sigh.. I hear you! Pink? Sigh....

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  3. Whispers quietly, at least you didn't find live wires resting on insulation.

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    1. Oh, I'm a member of the "110 VAC club". Its not fun. Thanks Supi!

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  4. As a former building inspector, I remain amazed at how much "shouldn't-have-done-that" gets stuffed into cavities & covered up. Contractors didn't like me very much. :)

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    1. Shepard, I have observed things an order of magnitude beyond this. With 28KV lasers. Sigh....

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  5. Brother, I feel your pain. The work is never ending and the surprises are usually frightening!

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    1. Yes they are Bro! Luckily I don't seem to get hurt as much as you during these endeavors though!

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  6. Makes ya wonder doesn't it... Miracle you didn't get a short/fire out of that one!!!

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    1. Yeah and its an obsolete breaker panel to. More joy!

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  7. Count your blessings! And have fun painting around the new fixture.
    At least there was a ground wire, and it was part of a romex cable, not individual wires run through bronx or conduit.. by a color blind &/or color dislexic electrician..... Now can I assume that the black really is "hot", or did he get mixed up? Time to flip off the main breaker, and grab that really long extension cord with the alligator clips on one end and blank wires on the other and test continuity back to the breaker box... Yippee!

    Or you could have knob and tube wiring, like at my dad's house.

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    1. Thanks Mrs. S.! I'm OK and the paint job came out ok.

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