My Fear of Electricity

I’m terrified of electricity. I didn’t take classes in high school, my dad wasn’t in the industry and didn’t know much, that I recall; the fear is due to a joke he played on me at about 9 years old. I’m not mad or blaming, or any of that, it just occurred to me so I wrote it. I didn’t learn much from him about electricity 🙂  My father-in-law knew the most about electricity of the people I’ve known, but also contributed to my fear of electricity. I am giggling just thinking of this story – it was funny as hell, but you had to be there I think. He was installing an outlet on an island in the kitchen. He pushed through this hole and that cabinet, then was on the ground with his arm way under the cabinet when I heard “POP!” and he and his body went “

He was installing an outlet on an island in the kitchen. He pushed the wire through this hole and into and out of that cabinet, then was on the ground with his arm way under the cabinet reaching when I heard “POP!” and he and his body went “yiiaaaaaahhh” and jerked around for a second. He then said “Ouch.” and reached back under there and finished the job like nothing happened. Crazy!

New light fixture
New light fixture for the office

My wife is the electrician because I refuse because it scares the shit out of me. She tells everyone (rightfully so) that she does all the electrical work; it’s not sexism because I’m male.

To be clear, I’m talking about replacing a light fixture or a light switch, plug, and so forth, not wiring a house. 

Old light fixture I'm removing.
Old Light Fixture to Replace

Today, that ends. My fear of electricity ends today. I bought a new light fixture for the office in our house, and I’m going to take the leap and get rid of this old thing  and install this bitch on my own.

I’ve watched a couple of videos on YouTube about it and I know I can do it. I’ll update the post with pics and the results!

 

 

Ok, here we go…it’s 5:10pm. If I don’t post again in five minutes, just wait longer!

Done!

I had all the tools put away and everything cleaned up at 6:38pm. Woo! Turns out, if you turn off the breaker, you can’t get shocked. Huh, who knew? 🙂

I’ll post a pic of the new one in a few. It’s nice, but not as bright as I thought, and it’s those tiny LED bulbs that don’t screw in, they kind of pop in and turn. Soft light though, which is nice, but I need some bright ones for work days. I can’t work with soft light like this. I’ll go right back to sleep.

Anyway, I overcame my fear of electricity today and I’m damn glad I did, bitches.

Author: John B

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