Up to this point, the only light I had in the garage was the bulb on my garage door opener. And it shuts off after a few minutes. One of my first tasks was to get some more light. One of my neighbors gave me 2 4’ 2 bulb hanging lights. Problem was – no power in the ceiling other than the garage door – and it is constantly on.
This picture you see below of a single light bulb may not look like much. But this is very symbolic for me. Up until this point the only changes I have made to the garage are to get rid of a bunch of stuff and push a bunch of stuff to the side. I haven’t built or added anything. This light is the first thing I’ve added. It took me 3 weeks to get this thing to light up. First off, I had to run power for it in the rafters. I also had to repair some of the lights because one of the posts wasn’t working. Also wired my first power chord (the original was about 6 inches long…). A few trips back and forth to the hardware store, a couple broken bulbs, countless lessons from my Electrical Engineer of a neighbor (I knew next to nothing about electricity) and a hidden GFI that kept tripping and as of last night, I finally have light!
It’s easy go get frustrated (and I did more than I like to admit). One of hte greatest things about becoming a craftsmen are the lessons you learn along the way and not necessarily the item you craft at the end. Every project should be a learning process.
Hope to have the second light installed this weekend.
-- Butchering wood since 2015