This site is not here to answer DIY questions.
I'd ask that you seek the services of a licenced Electrician, for your and your wifes safety.
It sounds like what you are proposing to do could compromise the Electrical Safety of the pair of you.
Oh and by the way, no Electrician as far as I'm aware would give bad advice like that!.
Is this a friend of a friend of a friend?
[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 12-29-2005).]
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