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So I don't know if you kept the fixtures but we were troubleshooting a blower motor at work the other day and the idea of underpowering came up. Apparently if you run a 130V halogen bulb it will save energy and likely last longer. Might be worth a test.

http://blog.1000bulb.....ght-bulbs/

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will have to give that a shot, thanks 

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KVR said
alright, this is driving me nuts

we blow through halogens on our track lighting, we just replaced these 2 months ago

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we replace them like 2 to 3 times a year, I have had the same halogens in the restaurant for 8, what gives?

I'm about ready to rip them down and put up oil lamps.

The only halogens we used were the "MR16' (reflector) type which made a lot of light mainly in a down 'spot' (task area) use. Otherwise halogens are HOT and just not great for general lighting. Compact florescent bulbs have dropped in quality (cheap materials used and from China mainly) but at least they are cheaper than they were initially (like $15 each!). Maybe LEDs will be the answer, only time will tell. 

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Boy does this take me back! We would have liked to have built a semi-bermed house, but the engineering and county building department gave us DIYers nightmares so we ended up opting for a 'conventional' style - adobe (which was understood in our location) -

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We built pre digital camera days so don't have a lot of pictures to share re construction (shhhh - we left these in a 'time capsule' in the walls for some future discovery). But I so remember all the planning and hard labor - 99% done by our 4 hands and 2 brains. The beauty of (stablized) adobe is that the walls are finished when the laying is done. So the interior is a lovely as the exterior. And yes those are real beams - not laminated or 'boxed' finished plus real tongue and groove 2 X 8s for roof deck -

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There was one project that I did by myself and wish I hadn't started but gritted thru - I built all the kitchen cabinets myself from plywood and formica finishing. (NEVER again!)

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The clerestory windows not only provided light to the interior, they all opened (long pole) to allow lovely circulation and hot air venting in summer time. (note the stone under the wood stove - came from hill on the property)

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And our patio was like wise all mixer made cement and hand laid -

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We felt like Michaelangelo must have felt when he sold some of his own 'masterpieces', but like him, it just needed to be done. Actually we are happier for it so all's well that ends well.

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that is a beautiful home

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KVR said
that is a beautiful home

Thank you and sadly the 'rest of the story' is that it WAS a fabulous place. Set up for homesteading too. However because it was bought as an 'investment' (central California), the buyer did NOT maintain it allowing all the 30+ fruit and nut trees and dry land landscaping (which isn't ZERO water) DIE. He also burnt out the deep cycle batteries for solar system because he didn't maintain the water in them. The next buyers put several horses on the 'lush' pastures which immediately ate those down to a dirt level that 20+ years of pasture management HAD reversed. We are very sad that this happened, but when something is sold, its no longer your concern. And it was DEBT FREE and probably now a mortgage owned property. People don't know the difference between owNing and owE-ing a home/property.

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Damn, that is sad

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Well looks like the house saga is continuing, we are tearing out the wall on tuesday

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