Align screws for ceiling fixture - how?
Hello all. I'm a 63 yr-old homeowner looking for advice. Though I use an electrician for major jobs, I am competent with electricity (I used to repair electronic equipment), and I try to do simple jobs myself.
I am now trying one task that always drives me crazy: installing a surface-mount ceiling fixture. This one attaches with two machine screws that protrude down from a crossbar bracket on the ceiling box. After the electrical connections are made, you are supposed to line up the fixture so that the two screws go through the fixture's baseplate, then fasten it all with cap screws. This seems to be a common way of attaching ceiling fixtures.
I am never able to see well enough to line up the screws. The fixture is already at the ceiling, so there's no way to look from above, and looking from below, I see nothing. It doesn't help that I wear strong bifocals.
Are there tips for doing this? After trying repeatedly, I've managed to get one screw through, then mess up the fiberglass on the ceiling side of the fixture without getting the second screw to mate.
How the heck do people mount these fixtures? I've done a few, and though it ALWAYS is a pain, this is the worst yet -- it just won't line up.
P.S. I have checked that the screws are in the right holes of the crossbar to match the fixture spacing.