Sunday, October 16, 2011

hellhole - part 2: lighting up attic #1

jambaloney here - more creepy halloween attic horror for you!!

this is a follow-up to hellhole - part 1: access to attic #1 .... after i was able to get in the original attic, the first thing i needed was a light up there. there was no way i was going to build a floor with flashlights...round up the usual suspects... materials and a small snow shovel:


here you can get a view of the electrical kit up close, insulated pliers, screwdrivers etc.

we got them all @ Canadian Tire when on sale for 60-70 %off !!

(for our international viewers, Canadian Tire is "IT" for tools, their Mastercraft line is top notch and the weekly sale flyer has great bargains... not measly 10% like Home Depot. If you are looking for a tool, you just wait, eventually you can get it for a HUGE discount!!)


this light in the kitchen is in the way of the future (now installed) attic stairs. so i am going to use it as an attic light to use the existing switch in the kitchen and of course to reuse the light box:


turn off breaker # 14:


as you can see, some of the current breakers are bit overloaded, later project... i have highlighted the target in red:



okay, we are in attic #1 with the tools - max head clearance is 5 feet, i am 5' 7". notice current wiring sneaking in and out of the insulation:


i'll bet you wondered what the small snow shovel was for... to move insulation - what fun!!!



the pics suck from here on in as the insulation dust screwed with the flash, but in that mess you see, i have cleared away the light receptacle for re-wiring:

so after installation and when the dust settled - you can see a coil of wire that leads off to the right and some yellow duct tape holding a board in place over the existing hole to keep dust etc. out of the kitchen:


ta-dah!!! - a light in the attic switched on and off from the kitchen:


site of former kitchen light:



special added bonus - that WAS my yoghurt, ya snooze, ya lose!!



thanks for dropping in and feeling the pain of the gonzo handyman!! this horror story isn't over yet....no, not by a long shot!

16 comments:

  1. You do have your work cut out for yourself. How wonderful to have a home of your own.

    My family enjoyed the photo of the little bandit.

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  2. teeheeheehee - that WAS his yoghurt and bananas - but if you leave anything unattended at the Framboise Manor - then Barley-Mow will find it! end of story. Barley-Mow is king here. followed by his brother Noodie-Noo and then ME. jambaloney is fourth on the list. we don't mean for him to be so far down the list - it just happens. he is a white male so what do you expect? bahahahhaah!

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  3. Rob - thanks for stopping by - we have been enjoying your blog too - and have it in our blogroll. that little bandit is nothing more than a serious pain in our butts - oh but we love him!

    thanks again for stopping by our little blogplace. we so enjoy your company and hope to see you again soon!

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  4. thanks rob!

    LOTSA work, but it is satisfying to diy!!

    the little bandit is a treasure and yes, he is king here.. as you can tell by the way he "gingerly" helped himself!

    thanks for your interest and comments - we appreciate it - thanks!

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  5. isn't home improvement fun???? Our first house was like that, we were constantly working on it, then the family got bigger and we needed more room.

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  6. JUGM - yep - it sure is fun. and non-stop and ongoing and someday we just may get it all finished! but poor you - constantly working on a place and then having to move. if it's not one thing - it's another!

    thanks for stopping by! we appreciate it!

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  7. There is always something that needs doing it seems,but it's such a sense of accomplishment when it's done! Good job!!!

    Donna

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  8. ..haha, looks like it is snowing up there..it is too early!

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  9. Any white male working on my place would be at the top, well, on paper anyway....for a moment...shhh......lol. The hens and I would concede for a bit...on paper...for a moment. There is a big meow stalking my hens right now, so meows don't rank high since Arabella was adopted.

    You are wearing a mask up there? Wonder what else could be under the insulation.

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  10. Donna - it is so true - you get such a sense of accomplishment! jambaloney has since gotten a floor up there and soon we will be building shelves and storage areas. he has a few more scarey attic posts coming.

    egb - ya - he was up trying to take pictures but because it was so "snowy" he stopped and waited until the "snow" settled. and it is WAAAAAY too early for snow!

    PracticalP - i hear you - on paper but only on paper - bahahahah! and yes he wears a mask up there. so far he has found chunks of unused wire, a spatula, some boards with nails and a few things that cannot be mentioned on a PG13 blog. gross things.

    anyway - thanks to you all for stopping by!

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  11. It all looks too familiar...when I first saw our attic, I thought I finally located Jimmy Hoffa. It was so tiny and unusable that I just sealed it up and pretend we don't have one. As for Canadian Tire and their tools, I'm right there with ya...to this day I have yet to pay full price for a tool and have never had a problem with one...hand tool or power tool!

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  12. Can I borrow Jambaloney next week? I seem to have a water leak.

    LOL....I was going to ask about a mask, but then I saw it in the photo of the "usual suspects".

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  13. Denob - thanks for stopping in - we appreciate it! and i think Mr. Hoffa is in OUR attic!!! but good on you for sealing it up and pretending it isn't there - sometimes that's the only way. and that's what we will be doing with attic #2 once #1 is finished. Canadian Tire rocks - jambaloney has gotten a bunch of tools and never paid full price ever. we love CT!!!

    Tango - i wish i could stick him in an envelope and mail him to you! oh no - not a water leak - where is it?

    trust you to catch "the usual suspects" - bahahahah!

    thanks for stopping by girl!

    your friend,
    kymber

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  14. you know, we closed on the farmhouse a year ago and I've not yet ventured into the attic. Not reason, yet, but projects like this inspire me! I'll let you know what I find, ha.

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  15. oh buddy - i would be in that attic yesterday - lol!

    good luck, let me know what you find for certain - if it's junk and you don't knwo what to do with it, i can probably come up with something for you!!

    i can only hope you can stand up in the highest spot - this project nearly broke my back!!

    cheers!

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  16. 1st Man - if you find Jimmy Hoffa or any gold or silver coins in that attic - i want in on the action for setting you up with jambaloney - bahahahah! my fees are reasonable - a mere 15%!

    oh i hope you find some interesting stuff up there! make sure to post about it!

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