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  1. Hi Leslie, I feel your pain. I used to love tapewire and then I started having problems like you are describing. When I gave in and went to round wire (hard wire) I was just so much happier. It is so much easier to fix when something goes wrong. I made a house for a 4 year old about 2 years ago and her mom brought it to me last week because one set of lights are not working. To fix it I'm going to have to rip out wallpaper in one room. I decided instead I'm going to rewire it for her in hard wire after Christmas. This doesn't help the situation you are describing, but if you can't
  2. It depends on the hutch, but I took one apart recently by running a flathead screwdriver around the point where I wanted it to break (which was between the top shelved part and the bottom console like part) and then I pulled it apart with my own little hands. I had a little spot on the console part where I had to sand it, but otherwise it came apart beautifully. Here's he blog entry tht shows how the top part came out: Cabinet Good luck- they are pretty easy to bash and for $1, if you mess it up it's not too terrible a mistake. :yes:
  3. Me too (PM). Oh, the possibilities. . . :yes:
  4. Thanks, Holly! The dremel wasn't easy either, but I had to do something. I put the thing together and then decided to bash it. Next time I might plan a bit better (but probably not) and cut the piece with a power tool (jig saw or something!) while it is flat and clamped down on saw horses. That would have been much easier. But I managed to get a semi straight hole and not cut my hand in the process so I say it's a win. Cutting MDF is tough in the best of circumstances! It's nice when I work in plywood and wonderful Greenleaf houses to know several swipes with a sharp utility knife will
  5. Barbara, I used a dremel with the drywall attachment to cut holes in my SF. I added an addition (which needed doors cut into it), a bay window on the third floor and a door to go out to a terrace on the third floor and all of those were cut with the dremel. I hate to disagree with Holly because she has a ton of experience and is always so helpful, but any hand held saw was useless on MDF for me because I just didn't have the strength to make it work. Pick hatever method works best for you. Cutting MDF with anything isn't an easy task, but I did it OK with the dremel. It makes a huge
  6. I agree with Holly. I bought an end table for the San Fran at Good Will and it has curved legs in Queen Anne style that match the style of my house. Oh, and it was all of $12. Can't beat that!
  7. Is this a minature ornament or full size? For full size I just bought 6 clear ball ornaments at Michael's for $2.49. You can fill them with glitter, confetti, potpourri, or anything you can think of and tie a bow on them. Or you can pour paint in them and swirl them around for a marbeled effect, or paint the outside with glass paint or acrylics for a quick and easy ornament. Or even use paint pens on them. There are a lot of possibilities! With this you could paint each child's interest on them, of put the family name. . . You get the idea. We're having a luncheon for my department
  8. Gee, Jo, are you sure you don't want to sell any of those? I mean, who needs five of them. . . I only need one! But seriously, they are really stunning!
  9. Pat, I totally feel your pain. What you are talking about in your last post is a hardwire system. You run the wires to a strip under the house (or hidden somehwere inside the house like a cabinet I made in my San Fran for that purpose) and plug them in. I nearly went crazy trying to tapewire my San Fran and I even had that electrification tool to push in the grommets. I gave up and went with hard wire (also known as round wire) and I'll never go back. I used to be the biggest proponent of tape wire but now I love the hard wire method. Do what works for you, but for me in an MDF house
  10. It does look like it's a Tennyson the more I look at it. I can see where the balcony appears to have been ripped off. Poor little thing. Here's the side. And here's the back. What do you think? It sure looks like a Tennyson to me! A sad, beat up one for sure. I'm hoping it's worth saving, meaning that it won't disintegrate as I start to work on it. And thanks for the welcome back notes. That feels really nice!
  11. Thanks Holly and Corry! Who knows when I'll get to fixing up the poor little thing, but at least it's a smaller house and not as intimidating as my Joseph Angel! I'll post pics tonight.
  12. It's been a while since I've been around here. Life just gets in the way sometimes! A friend at work delivered an abandoned dollhouse to me this morning. It's in pretty sad shape but I think I can rehab it. It looks like the poor thing was left outside. The wood is very weathered and the house is coming off of the foundation, and of couse the shingles are a mess. I think I deteted a bit of mold, so a goold sealing and painting with a Kilz kind of product will be in order. The front door is glued shut and there are no window panes. ANd I only looked at it for a minute when I transfe
  13. I think "realtors" is just a marketing ploy, but a cute concept! Well, not so cute if you look at those pices! Good heavens! As much as I love minatures, even if I had that kind of money I'd think I'd find other uses for it.
  14. I tend to agree. Why spend all of this time and effort if the person you are giving it to doesn't take care of it? Just my 2 cents. I'm sensitive to my work not being taken care of well.
  15. Yipee!!! I knew it had to be a fuse with the same symptoms. Can't wait to see photos. BTW, I don't know about in the UK, but here you can get those fuses at an auto supply store or even the gas station. They are so inexpensive I hate to see you buy them on ebay. I'm so glad we figured this out! :groucho:
  16. I'll bet you it's just the fuse. I think in Muriel's diagram the plus signs were meant to indicate the screws, not positive and negative, but that's just a guess. Replace the fuse, Muriel, and let us know what happens.
  17. Problem solved. I replaced the fuse and all lights function properly. Is being embarassed a prerequisite for learning? I asked the lady in the hobby store to stock the fuses and she did the laughing thing where you try to hide the fact that you are laughing, then sent me to the auto parts store for regular fuses. $6 later (I bought 10 just to have them on hand) I have lights again. How was I supposed to know that this is just a regular old fuse and nothing special for this particular dollhouse socket strip??? At any rate, if anyone else ever has this problem, now we all know IT'S
  18. I was just reaearching this and found this statement in a tutorial: "Check that the socket board works. If the fuse has gone the light on the board will be lit." I'm wondering if the fuse is then the problem. So on my way home from work I am going to get another socket board and some fuses. I hope this does the trick! :groucho:
  19. I thought that too (the wires touching somethwere) so I tried a couple of lights straight out of the package. Same problem. I'm going to go get another power strip today and see if that is the problem. Thanks for your help!
  20. Hi Sue- I didn't get any directions with the socket strip, so I was wondering if that light comes on when there is a problem too. Since it gets brighter with the number of lights I add, I'm wondering that too. I swear I'm not an idiot! LOL Why am I having so many electrical problems? With my Greenleaf houses I never even had a second of problems lighting them. I'm going to go get another socket strip and some fuses tonight and see what that does. Thanks for you help!
  21. Really? Wow. Mine has two pins, one for making the hole and the other for pushing in the eyelet. I bent both in about 2 minutes. I'm thinking electricity does not want to be in this house! I posted in another thread, but now I tried using round wire and the socket, and when I plug one light in it's fine. Add another, and everything goes dim. Add a third, and they are so dim you can't see them, but the light on the socket is blazing. I have the big transformer and it worked fine (well, at least no dimming) with the tapewire. I think I need to walk away from electricity for a while.
  22. Did anyone every find a solution to this? I have the EXACT situation. I plug in one light to the socket, and it is fine. The next light plugged in dims both considerably, and by the third you can barely see the lights lit, but the little light on the socket board is blazing bright. I have the big transformer- the one that comes with the big house kit and it worked fine with the tapewire system I was trying to make work, but gave up because I got tired of the eyelets and MDF. I'm thinking this house does not want to be electrified!!!
  23. Yes, it will all be documented on my blog. After this I will be an expert! :thumb:
  24. Thanks, Sue. I have that. I'm glad it worked for you. It didn't work so well for me. What kind of a silly tool makes you switch needles between making the hole and pushing in the eyelet? I used it about 3 times before the pins bent so badly it became useless. I think the tapewire was not meant to be in this house! :thumb:
  25. I don't blame you at all, Sally! I was in the store a year or so ago and the people working there didn't know the answer to any question a customer asked. I was answering everything and the lady working there told me I should buy the place. I wish! But I wouldn't want to take all their negativity. The grandson really ruined the Mott's name. At least I had a place to walk in and look at stuff in person when they were open. I have a store in my town with one little aisle of stuff. That's better than a lot of people have, I guess. There was a big craft store that had two full aisles
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