Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Slippery Slope of DIY
Sometimes projects go easily and smoothly but other times ... not so much. And in a 50-year-old house you just never know what you're going to find behind door number one. Or, in this case, behind an ugly light fixture.
We took one down in the kitchen last Sunday afternoon and this is what we found. I didn't even take a photo of the old one because merely changing a light fixture seemed so inconsequential at the time. Oh the slippery slope ...
While trying to secure the junction box (so that the new fixture will hang straight) the ceiling started to crumble. Lovely!
Okay, so a simple drywall patch can fix that, but it has to go all the way to the nearest stud, so down comes more drywall.
And with it, nasty old insulation. Yes, I am aware that he needs gloves and goggles. At least he's wearing a hat.
As the insulation started to fall, I was very glad I called a timeout and put down a drop cloth.
So, after a quick shower and wardrobe change, the patch is in.
And now, instead of a shiny new light, we watch the drywall mud dry and get started on the actual project we had planned for the afternoon. Which -- thank goodness -- went easily and smoothly.