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Ok, it did not go on, but they learned how to use the scientific method to find out what went wrong, THEY LEARNED.

Baron Of Whitfield’s DIY Story

Greetings Brian,

I need your advice on how do I determine if the switch is faulty? I get a short in power when I turn on the switch the light flickers and turns off.

Let there be light!

I had this light switch in my hallway that after I turned it on, it flickered and went out. It wasn’t every time, so I wasn’t too alarmed. In fact, being a creature of habit, I learned to deal with it. I did use my senses to see if the switch was hot or smelled of any kind of burning. I just went with the flow saying to myself, “oh one day I’ll have to call an electrician”. That one day turned into months maybe even close to a year.

Then one day I was bold enough to enroll in a home improvement course at Baldwin Library where I met Brian Schnee. I was leery that I would be able to grasp the foreign concepts as I have never prided myself in being a handyman. Off the bat Brian is a good teacher and he kept everything simple for me to understand the process of how to feel confident in changing out a light switch. I was even apart of the infamous group whose light switch failed to turn on providing a classic example of how to troubleshoot when things don’t work out. 

Back to the switch in my hallway. Though I took the class with Brian it was almost seven months later that I wasn’t confident to put the skills I learned into practice. I gathered my tools, took off the plate, snapped a photo and sent it over to Brian by email. The whole time I thought to myself, “I don’t want to electrocute myself, maybe I should leave this to the pros?” Brian set a day and time to call me and he was helpful to give me a few pointers and walk me through a plan of action. Always with the heart of teacher Brian said, “let’s talk this through, what happens when the switch is turned on?” I replied, “I get power, but the bulb doesn’t stay on”. “So, what does this mean? I replied, “that the problem seems to be the switch”. Brian agreed and said, “give it a try if  you run into any problems give me a call and we will work it out”. I followed all the steps that I learned during the class and wah-lah “Let there be light!” I fixed it my confidence went from a 1 to 100. I documented my work and was ecstatic to share with Brian. I was energized (pun intended), and grateful to be empowered to step up my DIY skills.”

job well done

Job well done Baron, you made your teacher proud. High marks on the TLC confidence scale!!

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