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  1. I don't really need one, but accidentally made one while laying out my masking tape and thought maybe a doubled-back connection would mean fewer failure points (though maybe it means more?) The accidental box I made was large, spanning from one end of the house to a second floor. If I need to make a T with the tape, doesn't it then become difficult to fold? Because I can only fold in one direction, and I probably don't want to be punching eyelets through all those layers of tape?
  2. Is a box configuration of the tape wire okay (assuming I install the eyelets correctly)? I thought I read someone's post that it isn't okay, but I can't find anything in Cir-Kit's documentation or on the web that specifically addresses it.
  3. Turns out hubby has such a tool, so I am in business!
  4. These both are great ideas - both pre-taping with painters tape, and the multi tool saw. I'm going to employ both. I've got rooms that are going to have four light sources: a chandelier, sconces, and a lit fireplace, so it quickly gets complicated, and I've been trying to figure out what the best path is to tape everything. The painters tape means I can screw up a bunch and not suffer for it. And then the saw makes it easy to jump floors - I wasn't thrilled about bringing tape out over the edges of the floors. It also means I can place my junction near the back of the house, instead of in the front. @Mid-life madness Looks like you were able to use the saw on MDF? That's what I'm working with, so it's great to see your picture.
  5. I successfully made light today! (on my test MDF), so feel more confident moving forward. Now I just have to figure out how to lay all the tape out. I want as many fold-turns as possible (as opposed to cut-turns). I didn't think that planning out the tape would be so difficult!
  6. Yes, troubleshooting was my other motivation - if I have a bad connection somewhere, at least not all the lights would be affected, and I could always maybe tap into that second circuit. Not sure if I'm thinking clearly on this though.
  7. I am about to embark on my first wiring project (tape wiring the Grosvenor Hall), and am looking at putting a lot of lights in. I have two questions - have you ever wired a house where you later felt like you had too many lights in it? I may have 2-4 per room (15 rooms). Does that just make things too bright? Second question - I'm wondering if it makes sense to have two transformers. I'm thinking maybe that takes some of the pressure off the number of lights that I want, and maybe that might make it easier for wiring? I actually am not sure how it would make wiring easier, but I heard someone mention that in a tutorial somewhere and it's stuck with me.
  8. I say forget the tea - pour yourself a big glass of wine, ignore the house for a few days, then come back and systematically test where possible, or re-tape and re-connect on surfaces that are exposed.
  9. Oh my goodness, I wish I had some good advice for you!
  10. Wow, you're building that from scratch? Very neat!!
  11. I make jewelry as a side hobby, those skills came in handy with this chandelier!
  12. Thanks for the advice - I definitely need to add trim to my door - haven't gotten around to that yet. I think you're right about lightening it up - the dark red isn't really working somehow. I'm a big fan of Old Town Alexandria, it does remind me of some of the streets down there!
  13. I had the same problem with a dollhouse I'm currently renovating - it's a non-standard scale, and nothing fit right. I ended up enlarging the window openings and using the smallest standard windows I could find - they're enormous compared to the front door, but the overall effect works out allright. But you could make windows with various sizes of moulding and scrap wood, use transparency sheets for the glass - it would be a bit more tedious than force-fitting standard windows, but it could be done. I'm finding that with my renovation, I'm having to build more components / furniture than I'm buying ready-made, simply for the fact that the sizes are all off.
  14. I made my own lighting for the first time last night - this is a chandelier for a non-electrified house, but it's not going to be difficult to add a hanging bulb for when I make these for my electrified Beacon Hill. Sorry for the bad picture quality, it was surprisingly difficult to photograph! The ceiling medallion is just a decorative wood thingie from Michael's that I gold-leafed.
  15. wow, I'm impressed! Really one of the best homemade minis I've seen!!
  16. The stars and moons are great - I like them!
  17. They have chairs? Our Dollar Tree had two tables and lots of chests/dresser-type structures. I would love to find chairs!
  18. My boss has been out of the country for the last 2 weeks, and since we're a small company, we each decided to take a free day off while we had the chance! It's been nice leaving at 4:00 every day!
  19. I just returned from visiting our Dollar Tree for the first time - I picked up 7 different pieces of furniture, some scrabpook embellishments that I'm going to gold leaf and put on the wall, and some stickers for my toddler - all for $10!! Our store was a mess, but I just happened to find the dollhouse section in the first 5 minutes. These definitely need some painting - and if I screw them up, I can just spend another $1 and get a replacement!
  20. Great job!! Are the bottles really Lite Brite bulbs?
  21. "Wally World" must be a Southern thing - while reading this thread, I kept thinking it was amazing that they had a store named after the theme park in 'Vacation'!! Our Wal Mart is horrible - dirty, ugly, overcrowded, and I've never seen any minis in it.
  22. OOOhhh! I'm going to visit our Dollar Tree today - I had no idea they had minis!!
  23. From the album: Grandfather's dollhouse

    Still a lot of details to take care of with this house, but I've gotten quite a lot done so far.
  24. caitejay

    Grandfather's dollhouse

    Built in 1965, in the Colonial Williamsburg style
  25. From the album: Grandfather's dollhouse

    I was very unhappy with all my bathroom designs and almost returned the bathroom set until I stumbled upon this old scrapbook paper in a drawer - and it turns out it worked perfectly!
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