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by egads
Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Automated Lighting (Lighting in Older Homes)
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

I just added a bunch of Smarthomes new insteon switches and controllers to my Cliff May. They have a new "appliance" module that has a very quiet relay. You won't even need any of those as you don't like fluorescent lighting anyway. (they can still be used for fountain pumps.) The Insteon system req...
by egads
Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: black is the new black
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

We have a Cliff May here in the Ranchos that is painted black outside. Black goes with everything. As my friend used to say in his nightclub act "basic black and a string of girls"
by egads
Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Soffit Uplighting
Replies: 15
Views: 2387

Someone makes standard size sockets on a flat tape. They come in rolls. I will check on the manufacturer next time I'm in the Elect supply house where I saw them. Spacing is also key. Closer spacing=less wattage each=same lumens. You can get halogen A lamps. I have used special designer fluorescent ...
by egads
Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Soffit Uplighting
Replies: 15
Views: 2387

God you're difficult :P No fluorescent? That light goes everywhere and it way cheap to run. The ropelight is cheap, but way yellow. A strip of sockets connected to a low voltage transformer with Zenon lamps, specially frosted, are what you really need. But alas that would be expensive. My best sugge...
by egads
Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anonymous MCMs
Replies: 58
Views: 24218

What I'm trying to point out is the tile removal is the dicey part toxic waste wise. The Bean e do takes up ALL the mastic like magic. I mean after mopping with the degreaser to remove the residue you will end up with a concrete surface you could live with without any further floorcoverings. (provid...
by egads
Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anonymous MCMs
Replies: 58
Views: 24218

As far as I know the mastic, emulsified and in the kitty litter is not hazardous waste. I just put mine in trash bags and placed them in the bin. The tiles however can become "friable" (emit particles into the air) and must be handled and transported in specific ways. To remove the tiles, you should...
by egads
Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anonymous MCMs
Replies: 58
Views: 24218

Horrible black mastic? Beanedo from Franmar Chemical. A hot tip from Sienna on the Rancho Style message board. Pour some out, spread it around (thin), wait 1 hour, squeegee into a puddle, cover with garage absorbent and mop with degreaser. The concrete ends up looking like new. Except for faint line...
by egads
Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Opinion for my front door?
Replies: 22
Views: 5146

Well, now that we have the "whole picture" I think emphasizing the strong horizontal band is the ticket. Something the old screen door did. (probably the only thing it did well) The rail on it aligns with the top of the brick. A front door with a single light (window) on the top half only would tie ...
by egads
Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May- FENCE REFERRALS
Replies: 22
Views: 3841

We do have a lot of different fences here in the Ranchos. The setbacks are generous (practically to the sidewalk) Any fence over 3' high requires a building permit. Check with the city. Not every fence here that is wonderful is a simple board and batten. There are some that are very horizontal and a...
by egads
Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Opinion for my front door?
Replies: 22
Views: 5146

Well, actually no I don't think Stephen should do that. In this case we have a non disrupt midwestern ranch that the op is trying to "pump up" and solve a problem. (dark) In his case he has a midcentury modern house by a relatively famous designer that begs for preservation or restoration. It does p...
by egads
Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Opinion for my front door?
Replies: 22
Views: 5146

Single light french doors, duel paned and tempered are available here in California at Home Depot and Lowes. They will however be clear. I bet you could special order one from the same manufacturer with obscure glass. I would double check on the screen door regulation. I bet it only applies to renta...
by egads
Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: VCT care (or to mop n' glo or not)
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Armstrong recommends thier S-403 Excelon floor polish. The tile apparently comes with a layer out of the box. They call for at least 4 more to be applied as soon as you lay it. 1/2 hour dry times between coats. More coats for commercial or high traffic situations. It's available at the home depot.
by egads
Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Long Beach, CA - Cliff May Rancho Listing- Open House
Replies: 20
Views: 5696

Sorry Sienna, I'm gonna be cooking on that thing for the forseeable. The oven won't regulate temperature and so far no one has parts. Under that carpet is a very degraded asphalt tile floor. Probably containing asbestos. I see hazmat suits in my future as I have decided to put plain black vct tiles ...
by egads
Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 16853

I think you will get a lot of insulation value out of window coverings. Most insulation is about trapped air. Something simple, like accordion shades that would disappear when not in use may be more cost effective than changing glass. At night when we are watching TV or playing on the computer it do...
by egads
Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Long Beach, CA - Cliff May Rancho Listing- Open House
Replies: 20
Views: 5696

Hey boys and girls, I thought I would resurrect this thread now that I am about to close on this house. I thought I would already be closed, but nothing records on holidays. It's interesting that this thread went off on a tangent about a Neutra, as I have been passionate about his work since stumbli...
by egads
Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May Ranch House Restoration Assistance Required
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Hey leonard, I just bought one too. Well it closes Tuesday. Mine is so original you could use it as a template. If you are interested I will get you my contact information. Did you go by the open house on Mezzanine last Sunday? Those Realtors bought and "fixed up" it as a flip. He says to me that th...

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