Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fun with Fluorescents

For years, I've been unplugging the coffee maker every morning so I can plug in the coffee bean grinder. Then I put away the grinder and plug the coffee maker back in so I can make coffee.

That's because the other plug was devoted to an under-cabinet light.

Well, no more. I bought a new coffee maker recently—I'd purchased the old one in 2002—and one nice feature is the timer. But to use the timer, the clock has to be accurate, so plugging and unplugging the coffee maker became problematic.

I decided to wire in an under-cabinet light instead. The old cable was there, hanging out of the wall. I pulled out my digital multimeter to learn there was still power, and got to work.

And to my great surprise, this worked out. I've been learning all kinds of new skills in Yancey's apartment.

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