The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Oh, about the MR16 bulbs. Most of the LEDs I've seen in that factor are larger (deeper) than the halogens they're supposed to replace. Can your fixtures take them?
     
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    I'm sure this will be lost in the land of questions I cannot find answers to, however speaking of MR16's; has anyone replaced the lamp in their Tizio classic lamp with an MR16 LED replacement?

    NM, it's a GY6.35 bulb.
     
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  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Has anyone who has owned a Toio lamp had a problem with it not working? (Not the bulb). Do the transformers go out or is it usually the foot switch?


    Updaye: The companies CS dept. got back to me today. It is the foot switch....a fairly easy fix.

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    Hi all,
    I'm doing a bit of a renovation and putting in new hardwood flooring to replace some damaged brazilian cherry. Going with a medium brown/grey maple pre-finished and am on the fence between a gloss finish and a satin (more dull) finish. I like the look of the gloss but am concerned that it will show every little scratch and nick. Thoughts on what people here prefer, a more polished or dull finish to the floor.
    Ken
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A matt finish is more popular these days. But, get what you like.
     
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    well, I do like the gloss. But I know myself and I'll be irritated at any marks that I see in it, I might not notice them as much with the matt finish. Also, some hardwoods almost look fake because of the gloss finish. I don't think the one that I picked does but I really won't know until it's down on the floor (and too late).

     
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    I would go matte and never look back.
     
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    A lot of the water based matte finishes, especially on darker woods, look awfully con-trad.
     
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    But doesn't gloss tend to look ShitTrad? I mean, you have to pick your battles . . .
     
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    Prefinished wood's not going to have a water-based finish--at least I hope not. Anyway--matte.
     
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    I think it depends on the wood and on the particular finish. Alcohol based finishes look a lot better to me than water or oil, and they come in matte, satin or gloss. I think we did satin, and I like the way it has aged.

    To me it is more about wood selection, and then figuring out what looks good on the particular wood. Most dark woods look terrible to me, but then you get one that just looks fucking great. I kind of prefer not noticing that a floor exists.
     
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    I'd go matte.

    The prefinished floors are going to have about as bulletproof a finish as you're ever going to get, so a gloss would be less likely to get dinged up than one finished on-site, but I think all floors get scuffed over time anyways.

    But the beveled edge on a pre-finished floor is going to be more visible and more obnoxious, IMO, with a high gloss finish.
     
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    I am totally without knowledge of wood finishes, so I can't contribute meaningfully on that specific subject. All I can say is, generally, I have found shiny floors to be more obnoxious than non-shiny floors. Regardless of material. So, to your point about floors being best unnoticed (which I totally agree with), wouldn't matte/satin always be a better choice? If a particular wood looked best shiny/glossy, I guess that I'd just stay away from it altogether.
     
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    I enjoy the look of many med-dark woods, though i generally avoid anything with a red tone for flooring.

    Walnut - oil
    Teak - alcohol based finish, I don't like how teak darkens with many oils. Fwiw cheap teak looks awful, so if you consider using it then be aware of your source. Good teak always has a tight grain and a darker color.

    In the realm of white woods I like rift sawn white oak with a soap finish.

    Most wood floors with a super durable plastic finish will require very little maintainence, but will also look pasticy, matte or gloss.
     
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    Well, I don't really like wood floors to begin with, but yeah, it is hard to think of a wood that looks great high gloss. I think some look better satin than matte. For example maple, and the more figured it is, the more that is the case. I do like a lot of glossy floors, though in various stones, lacquers, concretes, etc. What I really hate are con-trad dark oak matte finished floors, which isn't to say I haven't seen ones I do like.
     
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