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  1. The small dome ceiling lights are all dim red. One thing I did notice, is the longer the system is plugged in the brighter those dome lights became. They never get what I would call bright, but they were better after about 15 minutes. Some of the plug in floor and table lamps and newer looking wall sconces are much brighter.   

    I agree, its probably not the connections. In some cases a bulb was simply loose, but a light is either on or off.  It must be the bulb type used in those dome lights is weaker somehow or it maybe similar to using a tiny nightlight vs a 100 W light bulb in your own livingroom. I don't really know how some lights could get less power than other ones with the same power source. 

    Looks like I am going to need to replace all those older dome ceiling lights. 

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  2. fov,  I purchased the largest transformer that Cir-kit has the  CK1009D 12VDC 40W Tabletop. I think it said good for up to 160 3v bulbs. 

    I did wiggle a few of the bulbs that were out and they  did come on. I still have a few that did not. Those probably need the wiring connection re-checked or replaced. 

    Some of the light are bright, some are dim red, and a couple are tiny barely there dim red dots of light.


  3. I recently bought a used Duracraft Victorian Mansion vm-800. I am just starting on re-doing the inside of it. The dollhouse was already wired with lights using the flat tape method. It did not come with the 12V  power cord and transformer.  I just purchased one for my dollhouse. I have never seen the inside of a dollhouse lighted in person before now.  I took pictures of some of my lights. In person they glow a dim reddish glow. They do not give off much actual light at all. However, they look much brighter in a photograph.  Is the dim reddish glow  normal?  I also have a few  2, 3 and 4 arm chandeliers that have a burnt out bulb or have a non working bulb.  Are they repairable?

    I am going to have to remove carpets and Wallpaper anyways, so I will have access to the tape wire.

    Looking for some suggestions on what I should do?





  4. On 4/18/2017, 3:54:56, KathieB said:

    I plan to keep the staircase removable, so I sawed off the tabs without a second thought. Now I have an idea to replace the kit balusters with a bannister with round balusters, so I see a major overhaul in its future. :)


    Hi KathieB,

    I have been looking over your blog on modifying the BH staircase.  I loved what you did. I realize you did that back in 2017, now looking back are you still happy that you made those changes. Would you do it all again?

    I really want to buy the Beacon Hill Dollhouse, the #1 concern of mine is I do not like the look of the wood or the design of the BH staircase. #2 is that is seems to be a real pain to get it together and installed properly in the dollhouse.  I really love the look of a grand nice staircase  (like the photo shown in wormwoodz  below).

    I found a picture on Google of a Beacon Hill Dollhouse that someone installed a curved staircase.  I really like the look of that one.  But not sure if the ones I see on websites today would work at all.  I am posting pictures of what I found.   Do you think a full Spiral Staircase would work?  They come in sizes for a 8", 9" or 10" ceiling.  Would love to hear what you think about using a completely different staircase vs rebuilding the BH with new spindles like you have already done.  Also do you see a problem with removing the wall between the entry/dinning room and the Living Room?

    On 4/18/2017, 3:54:56, KathieB said:

    I plan to keep the staircase removable, so I sawed off the tabs without a second thought. Now I have an idea to replace the kit balusters with a bannister with round balusters, so I see a major overhaul in its future. :)







  5. On 4/21/2017, 11:43:30, wormwoodz said:

    Thank you all for the helpful tips, the stairs are now fitting in just right and I can slide them in and out without scratching the papper!

    I also tried the staircase runner idea, it is barely visible from the back of the house... looks good if I peek in through the living room doorway, but otherwise that staircase is pretty much a "dead zone" indeed. I think I will glue in the trims, rail and decorations before I close the front wall, I figured I can slide them in from upstairs but it's so hard to work in this area with limited visibility. 



    Wormwoodz, love alterations on the BH staircase.  On this picture you have quite a bit of the wall between the staircase entry and the Living Room  removed.  I am really liking the opened look. Do you think it would  be possible to fully remove that wall and install some decorative columns to support that end of the staircase instead?

  6. Hi Everyone,

    I am new to Dollhouse building and minis.  I got a taste of model building in college. We built Landscape Design models. It re-started my love of Model building. When I was young I inherited my Grandmothers old Antique Singer sewing machine.  I of course learned to sew and decided to start making lovely Barbie clothes. That led to designing Barbie houses from cardboard boxes.  I did a fair build. That also led to creatively finding objects I could use to create furniture and decor items for the "Barbie House"   I was young and had no money to buy the fancy store things.  So I spent many years doing that.  Now that I am nearing my retirement age, I want to start this new hobby of Dollhouses and miniatures.  I have been doing a lot of research and photo collecting of ideas and information.  I am currently looking at the Beacon Hill Dollhouse as my starting point.  I have a few questions that I need to resolve first though. That's why I came here hoping to find more information and a resource for some help.


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