Not sure if that video will be much help. I quote:
"If your ceiling already has an electrical box, you can install a
track light adaptor on top of it. If it doesn't have an electrical
box, you'll need to put one in. Go to your home improvement center for
That kind of leaves the OP right where I expect he is now - still
looking for some hands-on help.
Of course, the other time-tested way is to find some coworker or other
friend or acquaintance that does have some diy'er experience and offer
to buy a few beers and a burger (or whatever floats the particular
boat) and get them over for an afternoon or a weekend...
That works pretty well particularly if the OP has some other skill set
that has some bartering power.
When first out of school and at first job there were about a dozen of
us who did everything from the single room update to contracting/
building a couple of full houses and about all steps in between as a
cooperative effort since we were all young and mostly broke...that
migrated into the longer term sidelight work a three of us did that
I've referred to here previously of the restoration/rehab of the
antebellum residences in the older city neighborhood that was being
reclaimed by the young professionals at the time.
OP is original person, I guess. If yes, that's me. And yes, you guys
are right. I so dearly wish I had been in the same boat -- fresh out
of college and doing experiments on my own, for survival. Somehow, I
got engaged into Engineering and Programming. That does make me really
happy, but I miss these DIY experiences. But I am willing to learn now
and have slight glimmer of hope. I guess it is better to leave
"something to be longing for".
Speaking of bartering -- yes, I can teach someone programming for two
things -- basic electrical and basic woodworking -- one step at a
On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:16:00 -0800 (PST), Kedar Mhaswade
Get some books from the library. One can learn on their own if they
study. Track lighting is not all that hard. The box should tell you
how to mount the fixture itself. All you need is a source of power at
the desired location, which means installing a box, some romex to the
box, and likely a switch near a door. Get some books on basic wiring.
Note: You can buy track lighting that screws to the ceiling, and has a
plug in cord with a switch on the cord itself. Then there is no
actual wiring, just screw the fixture in place using the included
instructions, and plug it into an outlet. You'll probably want to
attach the cord to a few clamps of some sort so it dont hang in your
face. All you really need is a screwdriver to do this.
I guess so, but all I need is courage. I actually got the Basic Wiring
Popular Mechanics from the Santa Clara library. It is a good book
But, one of the first things they say is about "permit" and voiding
the insurance of the house if any mishap "can be linked to faulty
wiring you've made".
Now, I know I should not be worrying about this, but should I really
not worry about this?
I "fully understand" dpb's advice that at some point, I have to make
my hands dirty. But I should make them dirty the right way, I believe.
That's why I think I will do the SJ university course for electrician
Yes, call me a rather timid fellow :)
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