Today, I decided I was going to buy and put up a ceiling fan. It’s the “unofficial” start to the summer and I this weather has provided enough heat to get the air conditioner going. My hope is that the ceiling fan will use less energy than the air conditioner, but hopefully I won’t have to use the air conditioner as much.
Well, as most other household projects, this one threw me a curve ball. In short, there was an extra wire that the instructions accounted for in an optional way. However, it never accounted for the wire if I were not going to use it for the optional reason. So we constructed the fan without using the extra wire, but I was worried that the unused wire could somehow be a fire hazard. Before completing the assembly, I wanted to be sure that there was no issue with the wire, so I needed to get on the internet and do some research. In order to get my router working again, I had to turn the power to the room back on. I turned the switch back on at the circuit breaker box and did my research.
After getting the answer I needed, I disassembled the fan so I could get to the wires. I then took one of the wire connections apart, and reassembled them with the extra wire. After which, I realized I never turned the power back off. I’m not 100% sure, but I’m thinking I never touched the ends of the live wires. That’s the only reason I’m not currently in the hospital I assume. It was a scary thought after the fact. Maybe I was never in any real danger, but I think I understand a little about how electricity works, and because of that, I consider myself lucky. Today could’ve ended much different. Lucky Me….