No. I'm isolexic, Or maybe they said photolexic. Or polyunlexic.
But I think maybe the real problem was that we didn't have any new
wire and the old stuff had curves already in it. I didnt' want to
cut off 6 inches to get to the part that was straight.
Also, it wasn't the knot at the top but just an overhand knot I was
doing, and one side always seemed to overpower the other.. I
eventually stopped making knots inside plugs on the theory I never
pull the plugs out by the cord anyhow.
Michaels probably carried some basic miniature lighting gear, but there
are loads of online sources with all manner of transformers, wiring,
sockets, fixtures, etc. Don't need to be an electrician to install it.
If it was doable, refurbishing an old dollhouse, I would update it with
more modern trans. and wiring...for safety as well as aethetic.
What is the safety issue? The little bulbs don't get very hot.
I have radios going back to the 1930's and their transformers, cords,
and internal wiring are in excellent shape. The only thing that
wears out is the capacitors, which a doll house won't have.
Aesthetic is a matter of taste, of coures, but I would like to keep it
original, and also no one I know uses LEDs for lighting.
Good advice, but for radios. I doubt there's very much metal in the unit
anywhere so there's nothing really to ground. As Micky pointed out, the
only potentially dangerous part is the line cord. I don't think polarized
plugs are much of an issue, either, because of the transformer and what
sounds to be all wood construction. The OP can tell us if there's metal
used that could become a shock hazard. The easiest solution to all of that
is to install a GFCI plug.
Depends what you call expensive and where you buy them. The loacal
HomeDespot wants $23 each for them. I imported mine directly from Hong
Kong for $11.80 each, delivered to the door, Quantity 10. And that is
the "dimmable" 85-240 volt model, The straight 110 volt non-dimmables
can be had for about $9.00 each. Priced 50 watt GU10s lately??
Lethal. One of the very first stories I reported on when I became a police
reporter was one of a little 3 year old kid who was on the kitchen counter
and kissed his reflection in the toaster. DOA. It turned out that the
insides of the toaster had been mangled by repeated attempts to remove stuck
items with metal forks. He apparently made contact with the sink rim with
I'm thinking there's probably an old model train transformer in that house -
they had multiple taps and short-circuit protection that made a funny
"tick-boom" sort of sound when activated.
Jennifer - The output of a transformer is AC, not DC. Considering the
age of the dollhouse as evidenced by the cloth power cord, it is very
unlikely that the output of whatever transformer was used is converted
to DC using a rectifier. So, work on the assumption that everything is
AC. IF you can find someone who is reasonably knowledgeable, there
are ways to test if the voltage is AC or DC, but with your situation,
I'd just go with the AC.
On Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:42:00 -0800, Jennifer Murphy
I very often use a jumper wrie with alligator clips on each end,
especailly for connecting the black test lead of the meter to a
grouond, or anywhere I want it connected. That leaves both hands free
to use the other test lead. I buy ten 12" wires for 3 or 4 dollars at
Radio Shack, and I clip one end to the metal proble of the test lead.
For small things, I put a hat pin, or corsage pin, or straight pin, or
headless nail thinner than the original probe in the alligator clip at
the other end. So I can test i cramped areas.
For a doll house, if it's plugged into the wall, it's AC.
If it runs on batteryies it's DC.
IIRC, you can measuere DC current with an AC meter. The reading will
be wrong, but consistent and proportional to the actual value. The RMS
iirc. This is with an analog meter. Not sure how digital meters
On the other hand try to meaure AC with a DC meter and the average
value will be zero. Because the *average* voltage of AC *is* zero.
On an analog meter that's what it will show. Not sure if it would
jump around with a digital meter, or not.
Dolls have excellent vision, and don't need much light to read.
Don't forget, that if they are only 3 inches tall and you are more
than 60 inches tall. the light seems 20 times brighter for them.
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