So like I’ve said numerous times before – we have no idea what we’re doing half the time when it comes to projects around the house. After my roommate’s car was broken into, it was a no brainer that we needed to add some security to the back patio/driveway area. We almost never turn the back light on unless we’re taking the garbage out to the end of the alley, so it was a crime spot waiting to happen.
I ran to Home Depot and snagged a not-too-expensive (around $40) motion sensor light. I didn’t want a flood light because the area is small and I certainly didn’t want a bright light beaming into our neighbors windows every time one of us pulled into the driveway at night. So I went for the cutesy lantern look in a vain effort to make the back of our house seem less like a rat/cockroach haven. A girl can dream.
Unfortunately we hit an immediate speed bump in the process when I over-confidently marched outside with a stool and armed with a screwdriver. I got up on the stool, looked up, and realized I STILL couldn’t reach it. Vertically challenged would be an understatement in this case. I mean arm straight up and screwdriver in hand still didn’t even come within 6″ of this guy. So, we packed it back up and decided to wait until a significantly taller person happened to be around. Cue our BBQ guests…
Last night, after moving our little gathering inside at the sight of lightning, we had the oh-so-brilliant idea of attempting it again with the help of our new 6’3″ friends. Immediately they go to town unscrewing the existing light fixture and start unhooking it before I yelped “Oh I’ll go flip the breaker!” (palm to forehead slap #1) Not wanting to miss the action and surrounded by thunder, lightning, and now a downpour, the whole group piled outside while the boys twisted and shoved the new lamp onto the old existing and may I say extremely crooked hardware. Enjoy the amusing picture of everyone (puppy included) trying to get this thing installed. Pardon the quality – iPhone picture taken at night in the middle of a thunderstorm.
Soaked and in utter shock that we managed to do this with no injuries, I ran down to turn the power back on in hopes that all was well… it didn’t work (palm to forehead slap #2). We decided to punt the project for the night and try it again later preferably in daylight with significantly drier conditions. Unfortunately, now we have NO working light out back even to take the garbage out and no idea when we’ll have tall friends over again to fix it.
- buy a ladder
- turn off power FIRST
- don’t do outdoor electrical work in a thunderstorm