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by JXBrown
Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 11122

Yep, that's what I'm saying. If you think that fluorescent lights are merely available as those big fat, buzzing tubes (called "T12") behind sheets of patterned plastic in the ceiling, then you are, indeed, wrong. While cheap and cheesey CF bulbs are available (I bought some cheap but awfu...
by JXBrown
Fri Jul 28, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 11122

by JXBrown
Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 11122

Craig and Sienna: If you haven't tried modern fluorescent lights, you don't know what you are missing. I will admit that the old fashioned, buzzing, flickering, ugly colored ones were awful, but good quality CF bulbs are great as are T5 and T8 tubes with electronic ballast. There is a lot of variabi...
by JXBrown
Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 17232

How much foam?

We've had Dave out to look at our roof. My husband wants 2" of foam (bad week to go shopping for a cooler roof....it's like shopping for a sofa when you have sore feet), but we have 4000 sq-ft of roof over 2000 sq-ft of house with our deep overhangs. Has anyone just put foam over the house and ...
by JXBrown
Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 11122

There are rope lights with LEDs and rope lights with incandescent bulbs. The LED type is quite a bit more expensive, but uses very little wattage and consequently produces very little heat. Naturally, it costs more. Both are available at the Big Orange Box. LED lights are available in different colo...
by JXBrown
Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: parts for early 60's American Standard toilet
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

I agree with everybody. All toilets are repairable (and simply, no need to pay a plumber, they're pretty much self explanatory). On the other hand the modern ones are ever so much better and save an enormous amount of water. Your toilet probably uses 7.2 gallons per flush compared to 1.6 gal for a n...
by JXBrown
Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 11122

There are dimmable fluorescents available, but being new they are fairly expensive. Modern fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts do not buzz, start up almost instantly, come in various color warmths and are much more energy efficient than incandescent or halogen lights. You could also think ab...
by JXBrown
Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anyone Ever Find a Timecapsule??
Replies: 20
Views: 6055

I've found the 50 year supply of razor blades, too and the house before that had a bomb shelter. Otherwise, I've found bits of interesting junk here and there, but no time capsules. I always tuck a front section of a newspaper under new kitchen cabinets and such myself. A couple of years ago I found...
by JXBrown
Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscaping question - trees for shading purposes
Replies: 18
Views: 5658

I would second the Podocarpus. They are really nice, well behaved trees that can literally be maintained at any height and will provide year round shade. My mother has even had a potted one indoors for years. If fruit drop isn't a problem, a fig is a nice, easy to grow tree that can also be topped a...
by JXBrown
Sun May 28, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Removing 50+ year old paint from fireplace
Replies: 8
Views: 2506

We used Peel Away 7 successfully to strip the paint off our redwood ceiling. You may have to experiment a little to find the right amount of dwell time for the stuff. Apply a good thick layer brushing it thoroughly to get it down into the material and make good contact, cover it with the paper, and ...
by JXBrown
Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: exterior color scheme help?
Replies: 18
Views: 4877

The second option gets my vote too. It just says "MCM" out loud.
by JXBrown
Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 50's lamp rewiring-
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

You can buy lamp rewiring kits at the Big Orange Box. It's quite a simple task. You may need to replace the switch.

by JXBrown
Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help with my brick fireplace and wall....
Replies: 7
Views: 2751

Joe: I can't see the picture at work, but I think she is talking about a nearby wall being faced with a different brick. I suspect that one of the brick applications either to the outside of the fireplace or to the wall (probably the wall) was an ill-conceived decorative add-on at some point. Certai...
by JXBrown
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help with my brick fireplace and wall....
Replies: 7
Views: 2751

Gloves, dust mask, safety goggles, a cold chisel and a mallet? Seriously, that stuff usually pops off without too much trouble. We took stone facing off of a house and the stucco underneath looked absolutely new. I took up some ceramic tile recently and the entire project took me all of ten minutes....
by JXBrown
Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: HELP! Stripping paint off interior/exterior beams
Replies: 9
Views: 3502

L.A. Kevin. The PeelAway will work fine. I think you can use the PeelAway6 or 7, 7 is good for ceilings and other gravity challenged areas. We bought the first couple of gallons at our local Sherwin Williams and subsequent batches from some place we found via froogle. The literature that comes with ...
by JXBrown
Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: HELP! Stripping paint off interior/exterior beams
Replies: 9
Views: 3502

Oh no, not the Jasco. It works, but it's nasty stuff. We stripped our ceiling with PeelAway 7 and restained them. The PeelAway is much easier and safer to work with. Unfortunately your beams are probably fir and the open grain of the softwood won't strip perfectly. You'll have to lightly sand them w...
by JXBrown
Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: art deco in OC?
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

by JXBrown
Fri Jan 06, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The Regret list : If I had to do it all over again....
Replies: 42
Views: 53131

by JXBrown
Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Future House ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2645

Hey! Put your PC in one location and then access it with, uh, "terminals" in various other locations. Isn't that how we used to do it before PCs? Wow! Back to the future!
by JXBrown
Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help: Damp house
Replies: 8
Views: 1810

A vapor barrier under the house isn't going to hurt either. You just need to spread a sheet of plastic in that crawlspace.
by JXBrown
Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor hanging globe light
Replies: 16
Views: 5186

by JXBrown
Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The Regret list : If I had to do it all over again....
Replies: 42
Views: 53131

I wish that I had figured out how to repair some of the original kitchen cabinets rather than having them removed. Most of the original cabinets were just cheesy, cheap, and deteriorating, but the high cabinets with the sliders might have been restorable. I've just about finished restoring the dinin...
by JXBrown
Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18563

by JXBrown
Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18563

Most curious. I can believe that removing insulation in the form of drapes and ceiling insulation caused your gas bills to rise, but not that much. I have no ceiling insulation and no window coverings, although I do have a southern exposure for my glass wall and yet my gas bill is substantially lowe...
by JXBrown
Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18563

Ah, more information. I can't see how the ceiling texture could have supplied that much insulation, but the window coverings on the east side may be part of the problem. You get solar gain in the morning in both summer and winter through east windows and lose heat later in the day in the winter. Win...
by JXBrown
Wed Dec 21, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Retro Radio
Replies: 3
Views: 1265

Retro Radio

by JXBrown
Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: CA Laws on window walls on new construction
Replies: 10
Views: 2108

Since October 1 of this year, there have also been maximum glazing to floor area limitations. I believe that the limit is 16%, but this can be increased by employing other energy conservation measures. The 16% figure is also the optimum recommended by several passive solar authorities. My house has ...
by JXBrown
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom ideas?
Replies: 113
Views: 132563

Oh no, Sumu, terazzo shower pans are readily available as are ceramic mosaic tile.
by JXBrown
Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help with MCM remodel in Las Vegas
Replies: 7
Views: 1848

If possible, I would recommend going slow with major changes like swapping sliders for French doors and applying stucco. You will lose a lot of the MCM character with those kinds of changes. Although I don't have one yet, I'm planning on installing a polyurethane foam roof to reduce my heating and c...
by JXBrown
Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Any words on the Neoporte doors?
Replies: 29
Views: 11219

Tamara, You will probably have more luck going to a door store than looking on-line. I know that I have seen a door similar to the Australian door you posted. In my opinion Neoporte doors don't look very MCM although they are handsomely modern. If you cruise my neighborhood, you will see a variety o...

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