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by turboblown
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bought my 1st MCM apartment!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 8698

Nice place! I especially like those exterior ground level lighting fixtures- very unique. They look like 4" thinwall PVC on their exterior. Do they use a spotlight or regular bulb inside?
by turboblown
Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscape lighting
Replies: 5
Views: 1794

I've used some of the better brand LV unit before and some of them even have short leads which is a joke when they're charging you $80 per fixture. I always lengthen the leads anyway before "planting" them in the ground. The clip leads that Malibu uses are nice for "Joe Homeowner"...
by turboblown
Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscape lighting
Replies: 5
Views: 1794

Landscape lighting

I've always been "anti-low voltage" when it comes to landscape lighting for many reasons. I have over 35 different line voltage fixtures at my place and they've been 100% reliable, but I've recenty seen the new Malibu LED fixtures and thought right away that they would be junk like everyth...
by turboblown
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: carports
Replies: 7
Views: 2556

carports

I'm interested in erecting a 2-car carport onto the outside of my stone ranch's 2-car garage, but want something to look period-correct from 1965. Anyone have any ideas or good pictures of anyhting that might give me any ideas?
by turboblown
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Slate floor gloss sealer
Replies: 3
Views: 755

Slate floor gloss sealer

I'm looking for a product to apply to my slate floor that will give it the "deep, wet" look. The junk they sell at big-box stores and tile stores only lasts for a half a year before it needs stripped and re applied. Besides, it doesn't look like a deep coating, nor is it htat glossy after ...
by turboblown
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May Mystery Plumbing Leak
Replies: 53
Views: 10840

Most leak detection services will tell you up-front that their diagnosis may not be 100% accurate, especially when dealing with a slab or something tricky. Yes, I think you'd be crazy to stop the work and not install the rest of the PEX. When you're under the tub, replace EVERYTHING that you can get...
by turboblown
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May Mystery Plumbing Leak
Replies: 53
Views: 10840

by turboblown
Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:27 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May Mystery Plumbing Leak
Replies: 53
Views: 10840

Is putting the water heater outside a common thing in California? I've seen this quite a few times on different forums, but have never seen that done over here in the northeast.
by turboblown
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May Mystery Plumbing Leak
Replies: 53
Views: 10840

Just a stupid question:

Is it possible that the pipe failed underneath of the slab and not in it?
If so, you may possibly be able to dig down, then tunnel horizontally to the leak.
by turboblown
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sagging Beam
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

It's also possible to use a GluLam beam instead of a one-piece beam to save on cost. The GluLam beam is a large beam made up of several smaller planks that are tied together as one. Either way, an engineer or at least a very experienced post/beam contractor is going to have to look at this first to ...
by turboblown
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor post lights-any mod options?
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

The internal structure will be of steel and the exterior will be skinned with copper and possibly acid-aged green. The holes will be plasma-cut. I'll probably make a template of the random shapes so they are consistant and cleaner looking than free-hand. Rather than neon, I'll use colored CFL lamps ...
by turboblown
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor post lights-any mod options?
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

I always liked this light. I'm going to reproduce two of them this summer:

http://www.cosmicool.com/driveins/index.html

this link won't take you directly there, but look for the Astra light restoration section
by turboblown
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor post lights-any mod options?
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

I have three of the globe style post lights in my driveway. I use 75W standard lamps that run at about 30% brightness from a dimmer. When a car pulls into the driveway, a motion sensor overrides the dimmer to run the 3 lights at 100% for 3 minutes then goes to dim mode again. This gives a nice look ...
by turboblown
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimney Spark Catcher
Replies: 4
Views: 713

If you have a stone or brick chimney, you could build up 2-3 stones or bricks on each of the 4 corners and attach a stone or concrete slab on top of the 4 stones. Once in place, you can install one of the commercially available screens to the inside. You'll never see it in there. http://www.flickr.c...
by turboblown
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Globe Pendant Lamps for Exterior where to purchase?
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

The FADOs are easy to lengthen/shorten the mount stem, if equipped.

The other version that hangs by the cord is also easy to alter. Just be sure to use the proper style appliance cord since it has more reinforment strands in the jacket.
by turboblown
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fireplace grate success--power outage
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

A natural gas unit CAN be installed indoors, but these devices generate a large amount of heat. In a residential application, you will need to draft cool ar into the unit from the outdoors and vent the hot air back outside otherwise you'll get a large heat buildup indoors to the point where I've see...
by turboblown
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fireplace grate success--power outage
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Many people don't want to spend the money for a generator, but when they lose $1000 worth of food, they realize that the $600 for a 5KW unit would have been a good deal. You can pick up used backup systems on Craiglist with the transfer switch for about $750 up to $2000 for the average sized unit fo...
by turboblown
Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED, T5, Xenon kitchen task lighting?
Replies: 4
Views: 704

The new electronic fluorescent ballasts are trash. I used them here at the shop above the work benches with the correct lamps and not only did I have to replace ballasts twice a year, but also had to re-lamp every few months. I went back to copper ballasts with standard lamps and haven't touched the...
by turboblown
Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fireplace grate success--power outage
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

That's why I can't wait until the weather breaks to complete the installation of my 17KW natural gas powered Onan generator!
I just went for 2.5 days w/o power last month and was not too happy that I didn't have the gas line trenched yet!
by turboblown
Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED, T5, Xenon kitchen task lighting?
Replies: 4
Views: 704

Most "Xenon" lights are just a halogen light that's doped with a little Xenon gas and has a coating on the glass to make the color output look like a true Xenon light. The Xenon gas added to a halogen lamp has nothing to do with the color or light output....it's a marketing gimmick. A real...
by turboblown
Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Finding that just right blue-green paint color
Replies: 18
Views: 2159

by turboblown
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Finding that just right blue-green paint color
Replies: 18
Views: 2159

by turboblown
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Finding that just right blue-green paint color
Replies: 18
Views: 2159

I like both SW and BM paints....both go on very smoothly, coat well and don't run. Good paint is worth the money. Good preparation and primer is worth more!


I chose to spray and back-roll most of what I did using a Graco spray system and not a cheesy Wagner buzzpot.
by turboblown
Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eichler Pantry Door Light Switch
Replies: 7
Views: 1562

If not trying to stay original, I still like the idea of a countersunk magnetic reed switch and a relay in a remote mounted box. You could have a common relay box with <24V transformer and control all closet lights with one unit. Kinda similar to GE low-voltage control but on momentary basis. If you...
by turboblown
Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Finding that just right blue-green paint color
Replies: 18
Views: 2159

I'd go to a Sherwin-Williams store. It will cost you $6.00 per gallon more and it's worth every penny of it. Behr doesn't cover well. The first time I did my orange doors, it took 7 coats of it to cover even with using the correct gray base. When I started painting the walls (white) it was the same ...
by turboblown
Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eichler Pantry Door Light Switch
Replies: 7
Views: 1562

I'd use a stanadard low-watt incandescant, as they don't have as much chance as catching on fire as a fluorescent or especially a CFL since they lack all of the electronics. Just make sure items in the closet can't get near the bulb no matter what type. To be safe, you could always use a standard la...

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