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RE: Should I do sconces on the mirror? - please check out pic! (Follow-Up #68)

posted by: wa8b on 05.08.2009 at 01:32 pm in Bathrooms Forum

If you mount light fixtures on the mirror, be sure they have a large enough back plate so that you don't see the junction box or the edge of the hole in the mirror when looking at the fixture from and angle or from the side. You'll also want to look for a fixture with a smooth or clean finish on the back of backplate, as the mirror will reflect a view of the back of backplate near its edges, especially if the glass is fairly thick. Also, be sure the backplate doesn't leak any light, or you'll be illuminating the junction box.

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clipped on: 01.03.2011 at 03:53 pm    last updated on: 01.03.2011 at 03:53 pm

RE: Opinions on schlage vs. emtek vs. kwikset doorknobs (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: macv on 11.14.2009 at 02:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

These brands are difficult to compare just as brands. If you want to use lever handles on cylindrical mechanisms you must pay attention to the quality of the model you are considering in order to avoid a sagging handle. Typical cylindrical set springs are not as reliable as the ones in mortise sets.

Black & Decker owns Kwikset, Baldwin and Price Pfister. These companies cover a wide range of mass marketed commercial and residential hardware of different qualities but I confess I don't understand their product lines except that Baldwin dropped a notch now that it is mass marketed through lumberyards but it still makes some great solid brass hardware. I have not been impressed with the Kwikset hardware I've seen in retail stores.

Assa Alba, a Swedish company, bought Emtek, a 3 decade old California specialty hardware company that used to make hardware for residential door companies and now makes mass marketed "decorative" residential hardware. The quality seems good and the styles are more dramatic. The fact that they don't offer more than one level of spring strength for lever handle cylindrical hardware concerns me.

Schlage is a huge hardware company owned by Ingersoll Rand which makes many different levels of security devices for every possible use.

Summary of Schlage door hardware:

F Series - basic light duty residential "builder grade" door hardware - not UL listed - found in almost every home center - residential quality door hardware in many styles and finishes. Most of the finishes have a lifetime warrantee now, and all of the mechanics are lifetime warranteed. The new "Accents" collection features some new front entry handleset, knob and lever styles with the added benefit of having concealed screws. The "Accents" style deadbolt is a low profile style, meaning it does not project far off the door giving it a cleaner, neater look. Lever handles may sag aver time.

A Series - The next step up the ladder. Similar in looks to the "F" series except with concealed mounting screws - incorporates a heavier duty commercial type "cylindrical" mechanism to better prevent lever sag. Knob and lever styles are limited in this series, and there are not as many finishes to select from.

Beyond the "F" and the "A" series are door locks that straddle the line between residential and commercial.

S Series UL listed, built to last a lifetime under medium to heavy duty office use - where heavy duty levers may not be required - for both light/medium commercial and multi-housing applications. Heat-treated steel locking components for extra strength. Two independent heavy duty torsion springs to prevent lever sagging.

AL Series - top quality door hardware built to last a lifetime under medium to heavy duty office use - utilizes the original A-Series cylindrical chassis with stylish lever designs supported by heavy duty spring cages

D Series (L Series for mortise) - heavy duty commercial hardware that can be used in residential applications as well.

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clipped on: 10.06.2010 at 09:41 pm    last updated on: 10.06.2010 at 09:42 pm

Washer/Dryer Platform

posted by: drjoann on 06.21.2010 at 03:21 pm in Building a Home Forum

We will be getting a new washer & dryer, both front loaders and we would like them raised above floor level. We can buy the matching pedestals which aren't cheap & we're not likely to use for storage. If I want to avoid bending over when putting clothes in & out of the appliance, I'm not likely to want to bend over and lift out large containers of laundry detergent, etc.

I suggested to the builder that he give us a quote on just building a platform to set the W/D on. Am I asking for trouble doing this? Is the washer likely to vibrate off the platform whereas it has some kind of locking device to the matching pedestal?

Thanks - Jo Ann

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clipped on: 10.02.2010 at 08:50 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2010 at 08:50 pm

RE: Now, you're done-what do you wish you had known while plannin (Follow-Up #58)

posted by: shelayne on 05.18.2010 at 02:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Carol,

An airswitch is a mechanism that uses air to power your garbage disposer switch, by the press of a button. It's plugged into your GD under the sink and tubing is connected to the actual button assembly, so you do not have to worry about wet hands and wall switches, as it uses air through the tube to power the switch. It is great for islands, and uncluttered backsplashes. Though most often seen on top of counters, people have installed them under the counter, in between cabinets, etc.

Here is a photo of mine, so you get an idea what they look like:
IKEA BB, cut, routed, Waterloxed, and installed.

It's that round button left of the faucet.

Hope that helped at least a little bit. :^)

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clipped on: 07.29.2010 at 10:40 pm    last updated on: 07.29.2010 at 10:40 pm