When Friends Visit…Put them to Work

The way to know if you have ‘True Friends’ is to put them to work when they arrive for a visit.  A chore that I wanted to accomplish and actually need to accomplish was to hang my T5 Fluorescent Light fixtures from a bar that was suspended from the ceiling.  As a temporary easy fix I purchased a great product from JumpStart, which allowed me to hang the four foot/eight bulb fixtures above my hoyas, with no alterations to the sun-room that was newly erected.  After having these in place for almost 12 months with only one mishap, I decided it was time to ‘bite the bullet’ and make them a permanent more stable fixture in the space.

After explaining to my dad, what I needed to accomplish, he suggested that I invest in a Little Giant Work Plank to create an easy scaffolding across the plants.  This would make it much easier and safer to work with the ceiling and not have to relocate so many hoyas while doing so.  It was a great idea and I even found a ‘Used’ plank on Amazon for a good price.  I just had to be sure that I had a second ladder to use when attempting this task…borrowed my dad’s ladder and we were all set.

My friends, Debbie and Rick, from Tampa, Florida arrived early last week and as soon as I mentioned what I wanted to do, they said, “Let’s do it!” I agreed and thought it would not be an all day project so I did not feel guilty making them work on their first day of vacation. Little did I know that 6 hours later, we hung the final two fixtures and I was exhausted but satisfied.

The largest obstacle we faced was finding the studs in the ceiling to screw in the hooks that will hold the 15 foot conduit which the lights would hang from.  Rick was very very hesitant to drill into the ceiling for fear of drilling into air, which happened, but not that many times.  Who really looks up at the ceiling anyway to see flaws?…Not me.

Removing the lights and light stands allowed me to dust off the tops of them and replace any and all bulbs that had burned out.  Since I had the power receptacles already in the ceiling, arranging the cords was an easy task, although I would have liked to tidy the cords a bit more that I was able to do.  Little did I realize that removing the upright stands was similar to removing walls in your house and provided a more open space with much more free room to place the hoyas.  Time to by more hoyas!!!

The Plank suspended across the Hoya Benches @ SRQHoyas.

The Plank suspended across the Hoya Benches @ SRQHoyas.

The Plank from Above the Benches @ SRQHoyas

Rick searching a rafter above the ceiling panel.

Rick searching a rafter above the ceiling panel.

Debbie was the Plank Walker since she fit fine under the ceiling. In other words....she's a bit shorter than I am. :0)

Debbie was the Plank Walker since she fit fine under the ceiling. In other words….she’s a bit shorter than I am. :0)

BEFORE - Lights hanging from Light Stands

BEFORE – Lights hanging from Light Stands

AFTER - Lights suspended from the Roof Rafters

AFTER – Lights suspended from the Roof Rafters

Murphy was now allowed back into the Sun-Room when the project was completed.

Murphy was now allowed back into the Sun-Room when the project was completed.

 

I had no doubt that Debbie and Rick are True Friends…and would do just about anything for me or with me.  Thanks guys!!! I owe you!!!

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