Add Modern Decor and Curb Appeal with a Classy Swag Light Fixture
Installing a pendant light fixture - an easy DIY project that adds to home equity. When it's too cold to build a deck or install new siding, remodel the home's interior!
How to Install a Pendant Light
What's hot in the home illumination market right now? Pendant lights. These lighting fixtures add grace, elegance and curb appeal to the home. The housing bubble has burst due to bad mortgage decisions (think sub-prime loans coupled with adjustable rate mortgages, or ARM's). Since it's no time to sell, it's a great opportunity to do things to boost home equity - design and build a backyard deck, remodel a bathroom, or learn how to install a pendant light.
These are also referred to as swag lights, and although they have been around for a while, their appeal is timeless. Some say that they are a more modern adaptation of the ornate chandeliers of long ago that only the wealthy could afford.
Tools Needed to Hang a Pendant Light
Digital Multimeter or other testing device such as a Fluke VoltAlert
Light Placement Considerations
It's important to consider the location of the new lamp. Certain areas require a lot of light for reading, entertaining, or preparing and eating meals. Other places in the home utilize lighting for accent or modern decor. In most cases, these areas already have an overhead light fixture. But in other cases, there is no existing source of light.
Note ? Before engaging in any electrical work make sure the circuit breaker has been flipped off and the circuit tests dead with either a digital Multimeter or a Fluke VoltAlert! In the second case, with no light to replace, a little more work is required in preparation. It will be necessary to go in the attic and use Romex to tie into an existing power source. Usually there will be some sort of light fixture; just a simple bare bulb for utility purposes. Then, an electrical box should be secured to a joist, or a cripple between two joists.
Hint ? To get the right location, poke a long nail through the ceiling from downstairs.
Installing the New Pendant Light
If there is a can light where the new swag light will go there is a great option. There is product called the ?instant pendant light? by Worth Home Products. For installation, simply unscrew the can light bulb or floodlight, adjust the length of the hanging wire, screw in the instant fixture, and push up the cover plate.
If this is a replacement light, the first thing to do is flip the breaker off and test it. If the breaker isn't clearly marked on the circuit breaker box, turn the light on and test the circuit breakers until the light goes off.
Next, remove the old fixture. Install any mounting bracket supplied with the new fixture to the electrical box. Match up the wires on the pendant light fixture with the old wires and connect the ground to the electrical box or the bracket, whichever the instruction manual indicates. Use electrical wire nuts to connect the wires. Screw in the bulb (consider a compact fluorescent bulb or a halogen bulb for lower wattage use and energy efficiency), turn on the circuit breaker, and test it out!
Learn how to skateboard and do some bad ass tricks.
There are three main parts of a skateboard, the wheels, the trucks and the deck.There are all different kinds of decks. Some that you can get are: Boom, Blank, Edwards, Zero, Birdhouse and Shortys. The trucks support the wheels. You can get abec ones,twos, threes, fours, fives, six, sevens. Abec ones are the slowest. Most people select Abec threes because they are the right speed for most people. You can get plastic or rubber wheels. Rubber wheels are the fastest type.
There are so many moves you can do on a skateboard. Most beginning skateboarders first learn the basic skateboarding tricks such as ollie, kickflip, and 180 degree ollie. The more complicated moves are 360 flip, 540 flip, hardflip, method and many more. There are also grinds, which is when you ollie onto a bar or pole, etc. and grind it. Some grinds are: boardslide, 50-50 grind, 5-0 grind, blunt and much more.
There are many famous skateboarders who skateboard for a living like Tony Hawk, Chad Muska, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen and many more.
How to do an ollie: Push off fast, once you are going fast put your back foot on the tail and your other foot in the middle of the board. Push down on the tail then push your other foot up the board to your front trucks. Do the same with your other foot so that it goes on the bottom trucks. The board should then hopefully be in the air. Land onto the board. When landing it, bend your knees so that the board doesn't absorb the impact. The board may snap if you dont land properly.
How to do a 180 ollie: push off when you have enough speed put your left foot on the top trucks and your right foot on the nose, then ollie while your right foot pushes the nose down. Turn the board 180 degrees by pushing it to the right now rotate 180 degrees then land it.
How to do a kickflip: put one foot on the tail so you get comfortable and the other foot on the left side just below the middle of the board. Push your foot on the tail down, when it hits the ground quickly push your other foot forwards, so that your board's flipping in the air. When it has gone right around and your still in the air land on the board.
How to 50-50 grind: find a pole then push off, then ollie onto the pole and keep your balance. When your trucks are on the pole, push back on your tail, then push off.
Tips : When ollieing off steps keep your feet on the trucks, so that you do not snap the board. Absorb moves with your knees so that the board doesn't snap. If it's raining, it's not a good idea to go for a skate outside because it will be easier to snap your board and the wood will become soggy.
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