We had an expensive run in with an electrician this weekend. While I feel we overpaid for the work we had done, I am SO glad we didn't handle it ourselves. I have replaced light fixtures before but we just didn't get to it so we finally decided to hire someone.
We had a ceiling fan in our kitchen that was much too large for the space (you couldn't open the cabinets when it was running, and my husband was always hitting his head on it. We had it replaced with a flush mount light that is much less obtrusive. We also wanted the light switch box replaced because it was loose.
The electrician took down the light and we discovered that there wasn't an electrical box, just wires hanging down from the ceiling. The fan was being held up by screws into the drywall. And finally, behind the light switch box was newspaper stuffed in an attempt to stop it from wiggling. You know, just a little tinder for a house fire.
I am so spooked by this that I can't look at any electrical fixture in my house without wondering...