Sunday, March 11, 2007
Completed project: Electricity!
I'm enormously proud of this... I installed a light in our entryway this weekend! All by myself! It's my first electrical project yet. Well, I should clarify that - it was my first electrical project in our house. I took two electrical engineering labs in college where I attempted many projects, some of which ended in failure and one ended in flames. Granted, the flames where actually my lab partner's fault, and the circuits we were building were quite a bit more complicated than the two-switch-two-light circuit I wanted to build in our house.
The project was a little nerve-wracking. I'm embarrassed to say how long I spent drawing diagrams of the existing wiring and my options for the new wiring, and how long I spent staring at those diagrams... but everything went smoothly. I connected everything correctly on the first try. Didn't get electrocuted. No fires were started. It's hard to believe. It's ridiculous how happy I was when I first flipped the switch for the new light and the light came on. The project took about 3 hours of work, including cutting all the holes in the wall, running wires, testing the circuits and all the cleanup.