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S is for Safety.

I don’t write about safety enough and, quite honestly, it’s because I rarely think about it. I know, I know, I’m a horrible example of what to do when it comes to keeping your home protected against fire and carbon monoxide. At least, I WAS a horrible example until today.

Aged smoke detector.

This was my smoke detector. It still worked, but it was a little on the gnarly side and I decided that if I was going to start caring about grown-up things like “home owners insurance” and “property value,” then a new smoke alarm really couldn’t hurt.

I bought one that was a little on the cheap side. As you may be aware, I am 100% comfortable with cheap things, but I admit I did hesitate for 4.3 seconds as I thought about the repercussions of buying a low end smoke detector. Worse case scenario? It won’t work when I need it, which could be a very big problem. But then the logic kicked in. Things like smoke detectors MUST abide by federal regulations (like baby formula) so no matter how cheap it is, there is a standard that it has to adhere to or else it can’t be sold. So I bought the cheap ones and skipped my way out of the store.

 

 

 

Plus with the money I saved on buying the lower priced smoke alarms, I was able to spring for a superman style battery (OK it was like $4; not exactly going to break me).

 

 

 

My first order of business was to remove Grandpa Smoke Detector. The alarm part twisted off easily and then I just had to unscrew the brace from the rafters. Easy peasy, it was down in a snap.

 

 

 

Then I put the new brace up… upside down.

Frustrated Glamour Shot.

 

 

 

 

Once I flipped the brace back over, and screwed it to the rafter correctly, all I had to do was put in the battery and slide the alarm into place. Aside from my own stupidity, it was really a super easy process.

Next I moved on to the carbon monoxide detector. I just found another empty rafter, took the brace and used it as a template to drill holes for the screws.

 

 

 

 

Once the holes were drilled, I tightened a couple screws inside of them. I put batteries in the detector and slid the brace into place on the detector and hung the completely assembled unit onto the rafter.

It honestly couldn’t have been easier and I sort of feel like a champ. Now I have a little family of safety screamers just in case something catastrophic happens..like me trying to cook.

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About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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