To Change a Light Fixture
Part way thru I realized that I had unplugged the supply wires from the old fixture without noting which were white and which black- they being of the very old and faintly differentiated cloth-wrapped ilk. My guides to home repairs didn't have anything to say about identifying superannuated wires. At least I had remembered to turn off the electricity at the switchbox, something which the fixture instructions neglected to remind of. I finally decided to take a guess based on vaguely whitish threads around one which didn't appear on the other.
Then I realized that the wires from the wall came out of a hole which would not be covered by the new baseplate, so had to push them in and grab them with a pair of needle nose pliers and pull them over and out the hole under the mounting bracket.
As any handy-person would expect, I lost the wires and they fell into the wall. So, off to the closet to find a wire shirt hanger, back to fish them into reaching distance, and pull them over and out of the correct hole. Zack, the Tabby Terror of the Ko'olaus, appeared long enuf to snear on his way to a power napping spot.
I dropped the wire nuts only twice, and the flashlight once. Fortunately I did this in mid-afternoon with plenty sunlight.
Before screwing the thing to the wall and putting the glass cover on, I flipped the circuit breaker to see if I had cross wired and would blow up the house, or make Greg's recently trimmed locks reach for the sky. All seemed well, so I finished up, sneared a bit myself, tho at the defeated fixture, and settled in for a Diet Coke.