The back stairwell is still a work in progress, and the latest project was to replace the light fixture. The old fixture was simply a socket that took a single light bulb. Being that the light was 14 feet in the air and required an extension ladder to access, it would burn out approximately every 3 weeks. Making for a week of darkness and finally lots of work to change the light. (I consider carrying a ladder 20 feet from the garage to the stairwell and unscrewing a light lots of work).
Solution: Change the socket out for a new pendant light that would hang down low enough that one could access the light with a regular ladder. This solution had been in my head since the first time the light burned out, but I had not given it much attention until one fortunate afternoon at good ole IKEA.
While turning all the lights on and off in the lighting department (very entertaining) I saw Ottava in all her steel $29.99 glory. I took her home and then left her to sit for months while we gathered motivation to actually install her.
Motivation came when the light burned out, followed by a week of darkness and a pending housewarming party. Out came the extension ladder and after cutting through 8000 layers of paint and removing Mr. Socket fixture we we’re left with this:
What has become the usual and unwelcome sight in this house upon removal of any light: old school cloth wrapped wire. The temperamental wire turns a simple and quick light fixture installation into a multiple hour, expletive filled ordeal. So after a couple hours, few expletives and 1 trip to the hardware store, Ottava was up.