27 March 2010

Life Lessons

Things I learned while rewiring parts of my house.

1. Wire hangers are a wondrous invention and plastic hangers are a mockery of all hanger-dom. This is because wire hangers not used for hanging clothes can also be used for creating crooks and hooks that are just the right size and shape to keep the pull twine from fraying against the sharp edge encountered just where the twine and electrical wire enters the basement after making its arduous trek down the wall from the attic.

2. Though one may have a better estimate as to how long something will take as one's spouse has, one will inevitably underestimate considerably.

3. If at first you don't succeed, try again. If at second you don't succeed, try again. If at third you don't succeed, try again. If you've been trying for quite some time (anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, depending when you started), and if what you're trying to do is find wire in a wall, take a lunch break. Then, after lunch, try again. You'll succeed immediately, and wonder why you didn't take lunch earlier (like 25 minutes or three hours earlier).

4. If you can possibly rewire a house without killing the Internet in the process you'll be loved and adored by all other members of the household. If, on the other hand, you kill the Internet for several hours, you'll be loved and adored when it comes back. It's something of a toss-up, really.

5. Only you will appreciate the finished product enough to take photos.

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