Is there any readily available wood that is more durable than Douglas fir, but not heavier than it? I’m hoping to find the time to make flower boxes for my balcony railing and they can’t weigh a ton before I fill them up.
In the US, so probably not helpful, poplar would be readily available and lighter, though not particularly weather resistant unless appropriately painted. Western red cedar should be lighter, and outdoor resistant. Redwood will be about the same weight as doug fir, and outdoor resistant.Is there any readily available wood that is more durable than Douglas fir, but not heavier than it? I’m hoping to find the time to make flower boxes for my balcony railing and they can’t weigh a ton before I fill them up.
Redwood will be about the same weight as doug fir, and outdoor resistant.
I keep forgetting about these sorts of issues, although I should know better...2) Yankee lighting wall pixies are only 1800watts max sustained load. Transitioning the the beefier outlet would mean some electrical work in the walls, and our current (no pun intended) panel is already maxed out, requiring a bit more work/cost.
screed is being poured all over those nice wiggly pipes as i type this.
Those 2“ is just about as much as is possible though, right? I like the optimization effort.
Anyone have any thoughts?
Trying to figure out a light swith/control for my garage...
My garage, approximately 22ft x 10ft:
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My garage initially only had one of these lights, on the wall, right next to the "top" door on the plan, which is the door from the kitchen, and it's wired to a wall switch right next to that same door. Even with a high-wattage LED lamp, the reach was pitiful, and much of the light was "wasted" as it was close to the ceiling. It also cast terrible shadows and dark corners.
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About 6 years ago, to "upgrade" the lighting, I initially bought four of these (about 40 watts each), plugged them in to a power strip screwed to the ceiling, and plugged the strip into the outlet on that porcelain light fixture pictured above. All of the lights were controlled by the single wall switch. I ran the lights in a straight line down the middle of the garage, and it was a HUGE improvement. So much more light, and relatively even (except for the area under the opened garage door, which blocks the ceiling when it's raised).
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The down-side to this setup is that the switch that controls these outlets is near the door from the kitchen, but there's no control for the lights at the side door (opposite wall from the kitchen door), nor the garage door on the far end of the garage. So if I try to come in the side door, the garage is dark and I need a flashlight to get to the kitchen door switch.
Since I installed those lights, a couple of things have happened:
a) One by one, all 4 of the lights have died/are dying. We're down to the last one, where one of the 6 banks in the fixture is dead, and one is flickering. Today, I just received replacements lights fixrures I've ordered: https://barrina-led.com/products/pa...t-corded-electric-with-built-in-on-off-switch I'm planning to either "railroad" them down the ceiling like the railroad ties, or I may have to run two parallel lines if my connector wires are too short, (or maybe some sort of fun zig-zag pattern.
b) We've since added an outlet in the ceiling in the middle of the garage.
In my head, I have two solution ideas, but having trouble figuring out the product solution that would best solve it.
Option 1: Occupancy sensors
Option 2: Remote switches
- I'd love to have ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor plug adaptor. The trouble here is that I can't find a plug adaptor that has remote occupancy sensors so that could see all three entrances, or a single 360° sensor which I could hang from the ceiling, and could see all three entrances.
- I could replace the light switch with something like the Lutron "Casetta" switch, and then add a wireless "Pico" Remote switch at the other two doors. This isn't Ideal, since the remotes are battery operated. Yes, I know they claim a 10-year battery life. We have 3 of these remotes currently, and have had to replace two batteries this year, just their 3rd year of service since installation. In my head, if I'm already replacing batteries, I'd rather have hands-free, occupancy sensors that automatically turn off behind me when I leave the garage.
Anyone have any thoughts?
You can hang lights parallel to, and from the tracks for the garage door. This keeps the light under the door when it is opened. It only requires a bracket and a magnet for each end of the light.