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    Network Rep & ABW Ambassador Carolyn - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Need a Virtual Dad...the handy around the house kind
    Okay, I can't get ahold of my dad (though I don't think he'd be much help in this area)...

    One of the light switches in my bathroom has gone stiff. Harder to flip, and then, when it's in the "on" position, the light doesn't stay on. I shut the current to the bathroom and removed the switchbox. Undid all the wires, and am still alive. No zaps.

    Disconnected, the switch is still tight. Does this mean I need to go out and buy a new switchbox?

    *I'm a blonde when it comes to home repair, but I did unclog my own kitchen sink two weeks ago*
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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    ... has gone stiff. Harder to flip, and then, when it's in the "on" position, the light doesn't stay on. I shut the current to the bathroom and removed the switchbox. Undid all the wires, and am still alive. No zaps.
    No sure what shes's talkin' about, but once again.. I need to go take a cold shower

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    lol Billy!!!

    CT, if you can do all that, replacing the switch is a piece of cake, yeah, I would get a new one, make it a sliding dimmer switch
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    Billy Kay: oh it's just a wall switch?
    Billy Kay: thought you were referring to a circuit breaker
    Billy Kay: wall switches are easy
    Billy Kay: just get a new one
    Billy Kay: about 2 bucks

    just put the red wire and black wire in the same spots
    sometimes they're thick copper thingies... but piece of cake

    just make sure main circuit is off

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    Billy can handle electrical things? Wow, learn something new every day
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    alright guys, I'm going to home depot and buying another $2 switch. Lucky for me, it's a dual switch, so i gotta reconnect a yellow, a green and two black wires. Do I have to do that in any particular order? I seem to remember it's safer to get the ground wires connected first? The flip is off, and I am still alive, so I am okay so far

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    If I don't post here in the next four hours, someone please call Brian and tell him he'll need to hire a new client services gal.
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    Carolyn,

    Switch off the main breaker.
    Make the changes / fix up

    unplug your PC and whatever electronic things such as your LCD/Plasma tv, etc
    (if not, you might fry it when you flip on the main breaker cos of surge).

    Switch on main breaker...

    then test your lights.. cos if you don't switch off the main breaker, you have a pretty burned out weekend.
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    Whoa
    Caroline, you're all really worrying me.

    If you rent the place call the real estate agents - maintenance is the owners/body corporate's responsibility not the tenants.

    If you own the place a lic. electrician is the way go. If any illegal electrical work is carried out it would invalidate your insurance in the event of a short and fire ( cross fingers won't ever happen). Not sure of your laws, but here it is illegal to do unlicensed electrical work, even on your own house. Yes, you can change a light bulb but not wiring or anything else electrical.

    This could just be the "mum" in me talking.
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    CT - you are a hoot girl!! Good for you

    Yes, turn off the main circuit breaker before you mess with current. Unless you are looking for a new dew!!

    Switches are easy enough to replace and hook up - and when it is done, you are yet another step closer to "Tim the Tool Time" status. Choo can doooo it.

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    Good news, fixed the switch. Bad news. Got wrong f*@#%$in' color switch. But, okay, now I know how to do it.

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    glad you are handy around the house and still alive

    it just saved u $80 by not calling the electrician

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    Good news, fixed the switch. Bad news. Got wrong f*@#%$in' color switch. But, okay, now I know how to do it.
    lololol..... but it works!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!
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    eBook in the making!!!
    Carolyn,

    Congratulations on your latest step up the ladder of being self contained! Now I am waiting for the eBook and video series "Carolyn on Bathroom AC"

    Way to go girl!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale

    One of the light switches in my bathroom has gone stiff. Harder to flip
    Must have been where the prior resident was hiding the Viagra.
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    LOL Poopie!!!
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    I remember One time I was replacing a Light Fixture in the Ceiling of my Dining Room. I didn't turn off the Breaker in the Basement because I needed Power in the room to the Plugs so I could power my drills. BUT I did turn off the power to the light by turning the light off I was using a drop light powered by the plugs to light the room. Anyway I am standing on a stool my hands on the wires as I am untwisting them to take out the old fixture when my then 3 year old daughter walks in the room. "It is dark in here daddy let me help" Thankfully I only broke the OLD fixture as I hurridly let go of EVERYTHING.

    BTW I was an Electrician in the Navy. (worked on Nuclear Power Plants) So I know ALL about electrical safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GethsemeneRose
    "It is dark in here daddy let me help"
    LOL, that is a great DIY story.

    Alright, I unscrewed everything, took the switch back out, went back to the hardware store, got the right color, and did it all over again. Yes momma, I am labeling my switches.

    Wait till next year when I ask y'all how to install sliding closet doors.

    Begabloomers, I'm okay, *hug* thanks though

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    Quote Originally Posted by FairFieldGetaway-EricEwe
    unplug your PC...
    Are you kidding?? If I'm unwired, how am I going to live???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    Are you kidding?? If I'm unwired, how am I going to live???

    At the risk of getting a brick on the head..........................................Unplug the valuables when repairing the circuits. Replug only after repairs are completed and acceptable. Some of those little electronic gadgets are very sensitive to fluctuations of stimulation (power)
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    Good God - I have a handy man fix-it guy who I call for everything and anything. He's great except he has the hots for me. Wish I liked him ...

    Best thing is a boyfriend or husband who can fix stuff ... I take that into consideration when deciding about relationship status. LOL - Seriously. A guy who can fix stuff is downright sexy to me.
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    very sensitive to fluctuations of stimulation
    madawgs also sens... nah, not going there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    A guy who can fix stuff is downright sexy to me.
    I hear that, sistah! Guys in toolbelts or chef hats make me swoon. These days though, my metrosexual friends call me to find out how to change a lightbulb, lol!

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    Looking past the obvious
    Hey Rex, if you can just see him for his fix it qualities and ignore the rest, you might have the next "Mr" Rex standing right in front of you. But here's the biggie.....

    When he works on plumbing or the dishwasher and he is stooped or squatted down to get to whatever it is he has to reach, do his work pants ride down and there's this 4" crack giving you the ol vertical smile???
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALH - AmeritrustRx
    Hey Rex, if you can just see him for his fix it qualities and ignore the rest, you might have the next "Mr" Rex standing right in front of you. But here's the biggie.....

    When he works on plumbing or the dishwasher and he is stooped or squatted down to get to whatever it is he has to reach, do his work pants ride down and there's this 4" crack giving you the ol vertical smile???
    LOL Alan - Last time he was here installing a toilet, he made sure to point out that his pants were hanging off. When I assured him I wasn't paying attention, he said:

    "Hey, you might fall in love ..." LOL

    Nope, I know what I like and he's not it. Takes way more than a butt crack to get my attention.
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