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    Did you try the reset button on the bottom?
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    Use a hex tool at the bottom to clear it out if its jammed(humming)

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    Quote Originally Posted by footixy View Post
    Did you try the reset button on the bottom?
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    Use a hex tool at the bottom to clear it out if its jammed(humming)
    Yes to both, several times.
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    I'm so not a D-I-Y'er. I'll probably be a lifelong renter. From time to time, I will visit this thread to ask ask stupid questions that the regulars in this thread will think are ridiculous. But, whatever, you guys are a helpful bunch.

    So, in my new(ish) apartment, my landlord installed these great recessed ceiling lights throughout the apartment. I love the way they look and like having the dimmer switch on all of them for varying the amount of light, but there's one problem. They generate an inordinate amount of heat. I mean, I could probably heat the apartment with them on a cold day. I tend not to use them much because of this. I let a friend hold his play reading at my place a few nights ago and good light was needed throughout the living room for everyone to read their scripts -- more light than I could generate with my table and free standing lamps. But, after 10 minutes under those lights (which are attached to pretty high ceilings), I had to turn them off because folks were literally sweating. I'm thinking I should switch them to LED bulbs. Any thoughts? Will LED bulbs work with a dimmer switch? Any particular kind (or specs?) I should look for? For example is there a kind of LED which does a better job of dispersing light than others? I wouldn't want a sort of flashlight effect wherein the LED generates a long cylinder of light. Well, that might be kind of cool, but still, probably not best.

    Here's a bad picture of a couple of the lights in case you don't know what I'm talking about.


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    I just got a 65w LED flood bulb for one of my bathrooms because I keep that light on 24 hours and wanted something energy efficient. I've got catboxes back there and they don't like using them in the dark. It was $20 and works fine with the dimmer and looks mostly like a regular flood light.
    However the quality of the light is kind of stark and I don't think it would look good anywhere else at my place.
    I'd love to put in recessed lighting like you have but the lights I have heat up my place enough as it is.
    If anyone else knows about this stuff I'd be interested in hearing it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RageAgainstTheAoki View Post
    I'm so not a D-I-Y'er. I'll probably be a lifelong renter. From time to time, I will visit this thread to ask ask stupid questions that the regulars in this thread will think are ridiculous. But, whatever, you guys are a helpful bunch.

    So, in my new(ish) apartment, my landlord installed these great recessed ceiling lights throughout the apartment. I love the way they look and like having the dimmer switch on all of them for varying the amount of light, but there's one problem. They generate an inordinate amount of heat. I mean, I could probably heat the apartment with them on a cold day. I tend not to use them much because of this. I let a friend hold his play reading at my place a few nights ago and good light was needed throughout the living room for everyone to read their scripts -- more light than I could generate with my table and free standing lamps. But, after 10 minutes under those lights (which are attached to pretty high ceilings), I had to turn them off because folks were literally sweating. I'm thinking I should switch them to LED bulbs. Any thoughts? Will LED bulbs work with a dimmer switch? Any particular kind (or specs?) I should look for? For example is there a kind of LED which does a better job of dispersing light than others? I wouldn't want a sort of flashlight effect wherein the LED generates a long cylinder of light. Well, that might be kind of cool, but still, probably not best.

    Here's a bad picture of a couple of the lights in case you don't know what I'm talking about.

    Had the same problem. Low watt LED lights are the best. If you know someone who could buy for you from Costco, they are half or less than half price than elsewhere. Also, there are special LED dimmers because LED bulbs that say they are dimable aren't as dimable as you are used to.
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    Anybody up for another round of DIY Secret Santa this year?

    (Thanks again, Ivy, for taking the reins last time - I can facilitate this year unless you'd like to do it.)

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    I would love to participate.

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    it's all you, hannah!

    i feel horrible for never finishing my gift. it's almost done too and looks great. i will finish after my friend's wedding. no good excuse, just been focusing on my degree. i am likely in though and will choose a less ambitious project this time.

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    I also need to apologize for not finishing/starting the gift I was supposed to send. I blanked completely and was intimidated. So I am not in for this year. I have been trying to keep it in the back of my mind and plan to eventually make up for that (happy May! here's your gift from 2012). Sorry, recipient, everybody.
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    So which one of you is my delinquent santa?



    I'm in. Hopefully there will be enough willing participants.
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    I have decided that I am horrible at crafting on demand, and have been sort of embarrassed in the past by my contributions, so I promised myself I would not sign up for this again. However, I look forward to seeing all of your creations so please post photos!

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    Ok. So far we've got:

    Hannahrain
    HowToDisappear
    Algunz
    Possibly Chairmenmeow.

    As long as we have 5 people committed by, say, Nov. 20th, I'll send out assignments.

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    I'll sign up twice if we end up below our minimum.

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    I'm in if it's not too late.

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    It's not. I'll give it until the end of the day for any other last-minute applicants, and assignments will go out tomorrow.

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    Also. Does the gift have to be crafty

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    My phone posted before I was done. My question was would any handmade item be o.k.?

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    Anything made by you is fine, it's not about "crafts" so much as it is about doing it yourself. Very few past contributions have involved pipe cleaners and googly eyes.

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    I actually find crafts to be a sort of insulting term when applied to thoughtfully handmade things, so it's interesting to see that you'd make a distinction between that and handmade.
    Last edited by Hannahrain; 11-20-2013 at 05:48 PM.

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    She's crafty, she's gets around
    She's crafty, she's always down
    She's crafty, you know she's got a gripe
    She's crafty and she's just my type
    She's crafty

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    I guess a few of these expressions of interest are a little vague - can I get a confirmation of everyone who is 100% in before assignments go out? I'll also need addresses sent via PM.

    Here's our annual questionnaire:

    Amenable to food gifts? Yes/no

    If yes: any allergies?

    Is there a unifying color theme in your home? Post pics if you desire.

    Is there a unifying theme to your personal style? If desired, may post pics or a hypothetical Polyvore outfit.

    What was the last thing you made?

    What are your hobbies?

    Do you collect anything?

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    Amenable to food gifts? Yes/no

    yes, as long as they won't arrive between the 20th and the 25th.

    If yes: any allergies?

    none. though i'm not a big fruit person.

    Is there a unifying color theme in your home? Post pics if you desire.

    bedroom: red, white, black. bathroom: blue & green. kitchen: rainbow. living room: blue & brown

    Is there a unifying theme to your personal style? If desired, may post pics or a hypothetical Polyvore outfit.

    i like color, patterns, and vintage stuff

    What was the last thing you made?

    mozarella cheese and pasta

    What are your hobbies?

    walking, singing, dancing, hula-hooping, traveling, school. school interferes with everything these days.

    Do you collect anything?

    vintage lunchboxes, sweater guards
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    Amenable to food gifts? YES

    If yes: any allergies? nope

    Is there a unifying color theme in your home? Our design has become more eclectic and could probably absorb anything nicely.

    Is there a unifying theme to your personal style? My general style is casual and vintage. I love retro clothes with modern touches.

    What was the last thing you made? I've been doing a lot of experimenting with cooking and baking, but my latest project has been updating some of my tired vintage clothes.

    What are your hobbies? Photography, sewing, and cooking

    Do you collect anything? At the moment, not really

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    I'm in. I'll fill out questionnaire later. Waiting for a plane right now.
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    Amenable to food gifts? Yes/no
    Yes, especially anything with chocolate in it. I loooove chocolate.

    If yes: any allergies?
    Nope.

    Is there a unifying color theme in your home? Post pics if you desire.
    Neutral walls, vintage MCM/Danish Modern furniture (lots of wood blond/med/dark), bright pops of color in accessories. My recently acquired couch is kinda blue jeans blue, so it's weirdly neutral in that way and most colors go with it.

    Is there a unifying theme to your personal style? If desired, may post pics or a hypothetical Polyvore outfit.
    Simple, uncluttered, mostly gray, black, white and green (chartreuse is my favorite color)

    What was the last thing you made?
    Not so much making lately, as redoing/restoring furniture (some to keep, some to sell)

    What are your hobbies?
    Hiking, camping, traveling, container gardening, attempting to get back into drawing/painting again

    Do you collect anything?
    No.
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    anyone have any experience with wallpapers? specifically when it comes to prepping walls that have that venetian plaster and clear top coats already on it? I'm hoping that I'd just need to scratch up the surface a bit for adhesion and that I won't have to do too much else before application.
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    It really depends on how smooth your walls are. Sand them down a little and then prime them. I use gardz, here is a link so you know what to buy at lowes or home dept.
    http://www.rustoleum.com/product-cat...urface-sealer/

    Remember to roll up when applying gardz to the wall. It is very milky and runs quickly. It will dry clear and the finish coating will be perfect for installation. Merry Christmas!
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    thanks, Merry Christmas to you, too!

    the venetian plaster has a top coat which is already clear and smooth, I just wonder if it can be adhered to. I'll look into the gardz stuff and see if it will work for my situation or if I'll have to sand it down after all. I'm just in the early planning stages, but I'd like to give my main bathroom a facelift since my friend went way overboard on the plaster stuff in the bathroom. that stuff looks great as an accent wall, but omg is it way too much for an entire room!

    I want to use the textured wallpaper that can be painted, but not a really dramatic pattern.
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    Help! I am not a DIYer -- I'm the polar opposite. Lifelong renter and completely useless at this stuff. Point in case, it once took me -- no exaggeration -- 6 hours to assemble a tiny accent table from Ikea. And even then it had a wobbly leg. This one should be much easier, it's disassembly. Attached are pics of a table I need to breakdown (or, at least, remove the legs from) for easy transport. I bought it fully assembled, so have never seen it broken down. I've taken several pics of one of the inside corners (you know, the kneepit) of the table. What kind of tool(s) do I need to disassemble this (other than a screwdriver)? Thanks!








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    Jesus, hire a shirtless handyman off Craigslist. You are helpless. Or go return the table and start over as those allen wrench inserts look fucked and stripped.
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