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Please post pics of your organized cabinets and drawers

posted by: sanjuangirl on 07.19.2013 at 03:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are almost finished with our kitchen, just need to have the island slab installed (next week) and the new wood floors put in. Unfortunately we're doing this backwards and should have decided on wood first so the demo of our tile could have been done before our kitchen renovation; my DH only decided yesterday that we should add it to our budget.

I've decided to start putting some stuff back so we can begin cooking again. I really want to be organized this time around. It's not in my nature but I'm going to make every effort!

Some of the organizational skills here on GW scare me in their thoughtful thoroughness. I'm hoping some of it rubs off on me as I put all of my things back in place.

I would appreciate photos.

Thanks!

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RE: Show me your oak floors~ Help needed! (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: stacylh on 05.05.2013 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Are you using red oak or white oak?

We just installed red oak in our entire house and used a mix of medium brown and provincial. Provincial was too light/red and the medium brown was too dark. Our floor guy put the stain on the unfinished floor and let us think about it overnight; when he came back, he mixed them and we went with the 50/50 mix and LOVE it!! Not too red, not too brown, not too dark, not too light :)

Here's a pic....just please ignore the dusty floors under the island.

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RE: Show me your oak floors~ Help needed! (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: breezygirl on 05.05.2013 at 02:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

We installed new 3" white oak planks throughout the main part of the house. The stain is a custom mix of 75% Jacobean and 25% Coffee Black. (I was told Coffee Black was the equivalent of Minwax Special Walnut.) I showed my floor guys a couple of pictures of what I wanted, specifically Nini's gorgeous floors, and we worked from there. I wanted the floors to be dark enough to be rich and yummy, but not so dark that every strand of cat hair and crumb would scream at me. I brought a couple of drawers from some of my QS oak antiques to make sure the floor wasn't too matchy-matchy. We ended up with the same formulation as Nini's.

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Edited to add that I didn't want any red or yellow undertones in my floor. Just a nice, pleasing, rich brown color. My floors are finished in Bona waterborne, which my flooring company swears by.

This post was edited by breezygirl on Sun, May 5, 13 at 17:33

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RE: Show me your oak floors~ Help needed! (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mpagmom on 05.03.2013 at 12:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I see what you mean about how the colors look on the website. I don't know how dark special walnut is - just that the wood floor guy said it was too dark for me. This is the picture I showed him for what I wanted, and I think I came really close.

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RE: Show me your oak floors~ Help needed! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mpagmom on 05.02.2013 at 04:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

You sound like you want what I wanted. The guy doing our floors said special walnut would be too dark. He suggested provincial, and I love it. It's hard to photograph the color of it, but here are a couple pictures to give you an idea. Sometimes it looks a little red in photographs, but it isn't red at all.

I'll also post your link below to make it easier for others.

Island photo P1010839.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful: blueyoung's link

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4" remodel housing with gu24 for CR4

posted by: ames999 on 02.26.2013 at 03:46 pm in Lighting Forum

We are replacing 2 lights in our kitchen with CR4 lights in California, but I'm having trouble figuring out what housing to get for them, since Cree doesn't currently have a housing unit for the 4" lights. I read through the archives and it seems that people are suggesting either Nora or Elco housings. From what I can tell, the Nora and Elco 4" remodel housings with GU24 are for CFLs. Did anyone use either of these housing units for their CR4 lights and pass inspection? Or are there other options? Thanks so much for your help!

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clipped on: 05.10.2013 at 11:38 pm    last updated on: 05.10.2013 at 11:38 pm

RE: Housing recommendation for CR4-575L-GU24 (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: QuitePossibly on 01.24.2013 at 05:18 pm in Lighting Forum

For new construction, use the Liton LH99ICA-LLF-GU24 recessed can.

It has the GU24 connector on the pigtail. The pigtail is long enough to make it easy to install. You don't have to unscrew or disassemble anything. It is practically plug and play.

For remodels, use the Liton LH99RICA-LLF-GU24. It is probably the only ICAT rated remodel can with a GU24 connector.

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RE: Housing recommendation for CR4-575L-GU24 (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: attofarad on 01.23.2013 at 09:36 pm in Lighting Forum

Just to expand a bit on what David said:

First, the CR4/CR6 grab the can directly, so "adjustable" would probably not let you adjust anything useful.

You want the socket to be on a bit of wire. For instance, IIRC, the Nora 4" GU24 can has the socket attached permanently to the top of the can, which makes it difficult to attach the CR4 pigtail GU24 connector unless you have small hands. If the CR4 pigtail were 1" longer it would be easier; 1" shorter and it would be impossible.

Other cans have the socket on a bracket, meant to adjust the light position up and down. This means that there is some loose wire between the socket and the can. The CR4 grabs the can directly, so you remove the bracket and pop the socket loose from the bracket -- just let it dangle from the wires. I have 43 brackets in a box.

The GU24 version of the CR4 and CR6 comes with a GU24 socket with about 5" of wire and some connectors. This is so that you can cut off an Edison (screw in) socket, and permanently transform a screw-in can to a GU24 type. Cans with Edison sockets are usually cheaper (maybe by $5 or so) than GU24 cans. The difference in price wasn't worth the bother of spicing on the GU24 socket, so I just bought the GU24 cans.

Of some interest is that a GU24 CFL in a recessed can does not meet the Title 24 criteria for "high efficacy." (At least as of a year ago).

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RE: Bee, Breezygirl, Mamapaige and all--diameter of recessed ligh (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: fouramblues on 03.01.2013 at 09:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Be sure to look at the lumens on the bulbs you're going to put in. I love my 4" Ecosmart (AKA Cree at Home Depot) GU24s, and they have the same lumens as the 6" of the same brand. I also have some 3" wall wash LEDs that I think look great, and are also rather bright. Everything's on dimmers, which I would recommend.

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RE: Bee, Breezygirl, Mamapaige and all--diameter of recessed ligh (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Caliente63 on 03.01.2013 at 06:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I think for GU24 LED (GU24 is required in CA), your choices are 4" or 6". IMO, Cree CR4 or CR6 are the best choice. Be aware the CR4 only comes in 575 lumens; the CR6 has both 575 lumen and 800 lumen versions.

Something people don't usually think about: it can be impossible to position recessed lights exactly where you want them, because ceiling joists are in the way. The center of a 4" can can be placed 1" closer to a joist than a 6" can, thus improving your chances of getting the ideal placement.

This post was edited by Caliente63 on Fri, Mar 1, 13 at 18:27

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RE: Recessed lighting for kitchen, halogen or LED? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: davidtay on 12.07.2011 at 11:01 pm in Lighting Forum

The LR6 has a shallower recess, does not dim as well, is heavier and yes it has a higher output. Some people don't like the fact that there is too much light spillage - very unlike recessed lighting.

If not for the price, I would go for the LR6. The 3500k version of the LR6 is quite good. It works well with the Diva CL dimmer.

Yes, you need to disconnect the socket from the base of the can.

Both are twist installed.

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RE: Recessed lighting for kitchen, halogen or LED? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: Emilner on 12.06.2011 at 01:18 pm in Lighting Forum

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love my CREE CR6 LED bulbs that I bought at Home Depot. I used regular $7 cans and the bulbs were $25 (with a $15 LIPA rebate). For $32 I can't believe how good they look. They even come with the trim ring. The light is soft yet very bright. They dim extremely well. I could not be hapopier....

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