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Old 18-04-2015, 07:38 PM
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Default Some progress... at last!

Hello everybody,

Hope that you and yours are all happy and healthy. Apologies for the delay in updating this thread, but I had some work come in and that has taken up almost all of my time.

There has been some progress.

First, Iíve purchased the remote control for my lights. It came from Malcolmís Miniatures and the unit provides remote control of 20 ďchannelsĒ Ė essentially 20 on-off switches. Each switch can control up to 30 bulbs (the whole unit is rated for 100 bulbs) and can be optionally programmed to flicker like a candle or glow like a fire. Initial testing of the unit shows that it works fine and I am pleased to have all of this functionality in just one circuit board.

I've got uses for 15 out of the 20 channels. 6 will be used for to control the fires in the rooms and the other 9 will be for the lighting in the rooms and in the stairwell. I'm saving the remaining 5 for the basement - which is the next project.

As I am finding out on this project, as I solve one problem, I create new problems for myself. Now I am wondering where to house the circuit board and how to route the wiring between it and the lights and fires. The unit also comes with a little infra-red sensor that picks up the signal from the remote control and I am wondering where to hide/place this sensor on the front of the house so that itís not too obvious. These are problems to be solved in due course.

Second, Iíve made a start on the flooring. I bought some oak floorboard strips from here and glued them onto a cardboard template that will be secured to the floors with double-sided sticky tape. The photos show them in their ďrawĒ state, but Iím planning on sanding, staining and varnishing them later to see if I can make them look older.

I am still mystified about the hole in the roof. The kind people at DHE provided me with the earliest version of kitís construction instructions that they had and thereís no sign of a hole in the roof in that document. What was I thinking back in 1991? Anyway, a replacement roof panel has been cut out from some hardboard that I had left over from a hacked Ikea bookcase and is ready to be installed after Iíve got the top floor decorated.

Thatís about it for now. Iíll try not to leave it so long next time.

Thanks once again for all of the positive comments and encouragement.

All the very best,

Steve
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Old 18-04-2015, 09:49 PM
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This sounds like a very interesting build Steve. I've seen those remote control units and am interested to hear that so far it seems to work well. I love that you can make things flicker as well as just light up normally. Wiring is something I've never finished as I don't understand enough about how to finish everything off and get power to the unit. It doesn't help when you have to cut plugs off and strip wires to join lighting to a transformer.

I'll look forward to your further updates.
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Old 19-04-2015, 07:46 AM
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Well done Steve. I have seen those units too. Interesting. I look forward to hearing how well they work. Certainly a talking point for visitors being able to turn one's dolls house lights on and off automatically

The oak floor is going to look wonderful when it is down. Are you going to oil it? I think the oil would bring out the colour of the oak beautifully.

Good work.

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Old 19-04-2015, 10:34 AM
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Wow the lights will be very interesting to see. I have seen something similar.Your oak floor is looking really great a d I am looking forward to see what you come up with next.
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Old 20-04-2015, 09:56 AM
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The light set looks quite sophisticated (too sophisticated for me ). The flooring looks very pretty, too. Real wood always looks and feels better than paper.
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Old 21-04-2015, 09:58 AM
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This sounds like a very interesting build Steve. I've seen those remote control units and am interested to hear that so far it seems to work well. I love that you can make things flicker as well as just light up normally. Wiring is something I've never finished as I don't understand enough about how to finish everything off and get power to the unit. It doesn't help when you have to cut plugs off and strip wires to join lighting to a transformer.
Thank you Shannon. I do understand where you're coming from. I'm by no means any sort of electrics expert and I am still learning as I go along. My "proper" hobby is model railways and there can be a lot of wiring on one of those. I hadn't a clue as to where to start and it all looked completely daunting. But I read up on the subject of electrics (didn't understand it all and still don't!), gave it a try, messed up a couple of times (who's counting?), but finally got things to work.

Keep with it and I'm sure you'll get there!

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Well done Steve. I have seen those units too. Interesting. I look forward to hearing how well they work. Certainly a talking point for visitors being able to turn one's dolls house lights on and off automatically

The oak floor is going to look wonderful when it is down. Are you going to oil it? I think the oil would bring out the colour of the oak beautifully.

Good work.

Sue
Thank you Sue. Yes, the flooring looks too much like a modern laminate floor at the moment and so I'm going to try and make it look older and "heavier" - if that makes sense. I'm making up a number of mini test floors to try up different "recipes" to see which comes out the best.

If anyone out there has some recommendations as to stains, polishes and varnishes, then I'd be very happy to hear them.

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Wow the lights will be very interesting to see. I have seen something similar.Your oak floor is looking really great a d I am looking forward to see what you come up with next.
Thank you Rebecca. As for what I come up with next, one of the things that I have been thinking about is a music room with real music. All I need now are some 1/12th scale musicians!

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The light set looks quite sophisticated (too sophisticated for me ). The flooring looks very pretty, too. Real wood always looks and feels better than paper.
Thank you Michael. I'm sure that you're doing yourself a huge disservice there. The lighting unit comes with comprehensive wiring instructions - copies of which can be found
here. Seriously, if I can get this to work, then anyone can. I quite agree with you about the look and feel of real wood for the flooring. If I can get the polishing right, I may even get it to smell right too!

(Having read back that last sentence, I'm beginning to think that I may be taking this dolls house lark a little too seriously. Is there someone out there, like a Dolls House Anonymous, who I could speak to about this? )

All the very best,

Steve
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Old 22-04-2015, 07:23 AM
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Steve, we are all nuts here! So don't worry
I recently used boiled linseed oil to finish a piece of mahogany furniture I made from a kit. It takes ages to dry but I was in no hurry. The kit makers recommended it. Mcqueenie Miniatures if you want to check it out. Buy boiled, don't boil it yourself

I have also used wood stain for the beams and floors in my bakery. (Thread "Millie's Bakery and Tea Rooms" in Home Sweet Home) in my case it was Coloron Jacobean Oak. Rustins wood stains are also good.

Hope this helps

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Old 25-04-2015, 08:05 AM
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I also use boiled linseed oil on anything I make but instead of staining first I add the stain to the linseed oil. This usually gives me the effect I want and the stain spreads easier.
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Didn't know you could do that Rosebud. Thanks for the tip. I might try that on some white wood furniture I have.

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I recently used boiled linseed oil to finish a piece of mahogany furniture I made from a kit. It takes ages to dry but I was in no hurry. The kit makers recommended it. Mcqueenie Miniatures if you want to check it out. Buy boiled, don't boil it yourself
Thanks Sue. I found some boiled linseed oil left over from some ancient DIY project. I'll give it a go.

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I also use boiled linseed oil on anything I make but instead of staining first I add the stain to the linseed oil. This usually gives me the effect I want and the stain spreads easier.
Thanks Rosebud. I hadn't thought of adding a stain to the oil, but it's something else to try.
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