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  1. Thanks for all the great advice you guys. I really appreciate it. I have a question about electrifying. If my dollhouse has Milled in clapboard siding, where would I put the junction splice? All the tutorials show them being put against the flat side of the outer part of the house before the siding is added. If the siding is already there, there's nowhere flat to nail it into. Any advice?
  2. I'll do that next time Havana. Unfortunately, that's where I'm at now. I tend to be literal, and figured if I followed directions exactly I'd be ok. Ha ha. That works with most things, just not in dollhouses, as I'm learning quickly. The directions clearly state that stairs go in last, so I didn't question this.
  3. Hi All: I've seen a bunch of posts here on electrifying a dollhouse, but I have a few questions: 1. Is cir-kit something a newbie should attempt (I'm completing a Simplicity--my first house)? 2. How many years will this wiring realistically last? 3. Are certain lights better for beginners, i.e. sconces, floor sockets, fixtures, ceiling lights? 4. Any general thoughts on the aesthetics of lights? Pros and cons of electrifying a house? Thanks for any input, and I can't wait to hear what you think! Jack
  4. Hi All: I'm back for more advice. It amazes me how many steps there are in building a dollhouse. Anyway, I noticed that my stairs are a little too snug to get into place. Any suggestions? Should I be trying to shave a little wood off? If so, should I do this on the stairs themselves or the hole for the stairs? What tools should I use? Is it possible to sand, or would that take too long? Thanks for any input. Jack
  5. One of their illustrations [#3] instructs you to flush something together on the wrong side. Down the line this will prevent attachment of the front of the house. The words in the instructions are correct, but the illustration with an arrow pointing to where the items should be flush together, is wrong.
  6. Thanks for all the help. I was able to fix the problem with the putty knife and hairdryer suggestion. Although there will be some finesse required to try and correct the slight damage done to the wood. The company also said they would fix the incorrect illustration in their instructions. Thanks for all the support. Who knew this could be such a challenging hobby? Ha ha.
  7. Part of the problem is that I did do a dry fit and it went well. However it wasn't until several steps later that I realized that there was an issue based on an error earlier in the instructions. It was such a small detail, at least seemingly so, that I didn't catch it. However down the line it prevents attachment of the face of the house, so it's a super important detail. The other issue is that the nails are inserted from the outside of the house, and it is a milled plywood clapboard siding. So any major maneuvering of the nails will destroy the finish and the milled clapboard siding. I did use water-based Elmers glue but I'm not sure how to undo it as those areas are covered now. Would I just soak wet rags and put it along the joins in the house? I am really annoyed about this, as the company claims this to be the easiest to assemble dollhouse on the market! How can you make an easy dollhouse kit aimed at beginners, and then leave faulty instructions in the package? That seems crazy to me. Thanks for the advice. I am still waiting for more emails back from the company but so far nothing has been helpful. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent, and thanks for the advice so far. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
  8. Hi Everyone: Ughhh, the newbie needs help/advice. I recently tried to put together an old damaged kit of the Quillen from RGT. I think it was from the early 80s. It did not go well, and I decided to go with a RGT Simplicity--as I wanted an easy first project. Long story short, I found an error in the directions, and ended up glueing/nailing the frame incorrectly (but correctly according to their directions). The company hasn't been too helpful, and based on email responses, the guy trying to help clearly isn't reading my emails fully. What do I do? Since this was an error in their instructions, should I demand some type of replacement? Not sure what to do. I just wanted a nice hobby, and so far, this has been torture. Sooooo frustrated. Thanks for any help/support. Jack
  9. Hi Everyone: Ughhh, the newbie needs help/advice. I recently tried to put together an old damaged kit of the Quillen from RGT. I think it was from the early 80s. It did not go well, and I decided to go with a RGT Simplicity--as I wanted an easy first project. Long story short, I found an error in the directions, and ended up glueing/nailing the frame incorrectly (but correctly according to their directions). The company hasn't been too helpful, and based on email responses, the guy trying to help clearly isn't reading my emails fully. What do I do? Since this was an error in their instructions, should I demand some type of replacement? Not sure what to do. I just wanted a nice hobby, and so far, this has been torture. Sooooo frustrated. Thanks for any help/support. Jack
  10. Hi Everyone: Ughhh, the newbie needs help/advice. I recently tried to put together an old damaged kit of the Quillen from RGT. I think it was from the early 80s. It did not go well, and I decided to go with a RGT Simplicity--as I wanted an easy first project. Long story short, I found an error in the directions, and ended up glueing/nailing the frame incorrectly (but correctly according to their directions). The company hasn't been too helpful, and based on email responses, the guy trying to help clearly isn't reading my emails fully. What do I do? Since this was an error in their instructions, should I demand some type of replacement? Not sure what to do. I just wanted a nice hobby, and so far, this has been torture. Sooooo frustrated. Thanks for any help/support. Jack
  11. Hi Everyone: I am new to the forum. Nice to meet you!! I am new to the world of miniatures, and stumbled on this forum. I recently tried to build a RGT house from the 1980's with limited info, and bad instructions. After I washed my hands of that, I am now working on a Simplicity by RGT, as I want to start off with something easy. I was told that this was the easiest. Anyway, I look forward to learning from everyone, and moving forward with my dollhouse project. Jack
  12. So I had an issue with the Quillen. Unfortunately, it was too big a job for my first run, and I messed it up--big time. Given the amount of work it would take to try and fix it (combined with the fact that I want this new hobby to be fun), it went bye bye. I am going to do the Simplicity by Real Good Toys as an easier way to get into miniatures, as I was assured this would be much easier. Plus the model is current, so there are instructions and videos. It is amazing the difference in construction options between the early 80's and today. The Quillen had major modifications that needed to be made by the builder, and the instructions were so poor.
  13. The simplicity can be either. I have the plywood. Thanks for all the advice. I think I'm gonna try the template card suggestion as I plan to wire the house. That was a great idea.
  14. I didn't do an intro. Oops. Didn't realize that was a thing. I'll do that soon.
  15. Hi All: I have a question about flooring. Recently just started building my first dollhouse. It is a Simplicity by Real Good Toys. My question is whether or not to score and stain the original floors, or to use overlays once I am done. Are there pros and cons to each? Is one way more difficult than the other? I am also afraid that if I put a lot of work into the flooring, it might split once I nail and glue the structure together. Please help.
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