Here’s a little tip if you’re removing a complicated electrical device (or plumbing component, or whatever)– snap a photo. The digital camera has been one of my best tools for renovation. Thanks to the camera, not only do I get to share this experience with you guys, but I also journalize the adventure here AND the photos serve as a virtual reference diary.
I took this photo of a GFCI outlet that I found was defective. I have to install a new GFCI, but before I dismantled the old one, I snapped a photo of the wiring, to have a diagram so I can rewire the new device.
This saves me a bundle of time– in the past, I would have to go hunting through page after page in books, or searching the Internet or what-have-you. With the camera, I’ve got a diary of everything. I also snapped photos of the plumbing and others of the wiring, should I ever need to reference it in the future.
As a precaution– always take photos. What have you got to lose? And you might gain everything in so doing.