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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post
    Back in those days, if you had electricity you flaunted it. No shades or switches would do. The pull cord says---look at me I can afford it. I have them in a few places around my 1920s place as well. I added a chain with a fancy glass bob at the end to add to the elegance.
    We have pull chains in the basement and closet. Decidedly not code.

    Pull chain lights are so much easier to wire, hence why they are so common.
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    My house was built in the 60s and it has pull chain fixtures downstairs and out in the garage. Two of the three upstairs bedrooms have a pull chain light in the center of the room, above the bed, AND a light switch by the door. Best of both worlds, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dh66 View Post
    My house was built in the 60s and it has pull chain fixtures downstairs and out in the garage. Two of the three upstairs bedrooms have a pull chain light in the center of the room, above the bed, AND a light switch by the door. Best of both worlds, I guess.
    That was too late for bragging rights.
    People think they are so rebellious and original, when really they are just banal, boring and dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Man View Post
    That chandelier really does make the room. It looks great.



    Here's a typical "chandelier" in my old house:



    When I was a boy and stayed here with my grandmother and aunt, I had a string tied to the pull-chain on the light and ran it to a hook by the bed. That way I could turn the light on and off from the bed. To a small boy, that was really something (I guess it didn't take as much to keep me interested in those days). The only rooms that have a regular light switch in this house are the dining room, the front porch, back porch, and the stairway. All the other lights have a pull chain. The electricity was put in here in 1930, and all the fixtures are still the original ones to that time.
    The pull cord to the bed reminds me, when I was a kid. My Dad was an electrician, so he would come home with a lot of new fangled devices, one was a light switch with a delay so when you turned it off, you would have time to get into bed before it turned off. I had a lot of fun with the neighborhood kids with that, I would quickly turn it on and then off, and run to the middle of the room, just in time for the light to go off. This would get all of them tapping their toes around trying to turn off the light. Like you said, we were easily amused back then!
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    We have those in the basement of our 1940 Cape Cod......with extra long pull cords.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mach1 View Post
    We have those in the basement of our 1940 Cape Cod......with extra long pull cords.
    The best were the ones that had a long lead through a pulley right to where a switch would have been if it were hard wired.
    People think they are so rebellious and original, when really they are just banal, boring and dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post
    The best were the ones that had a long lead through a pulley right to where a switch would have been if it were hard wired.
    My grandfather had those in his old farmhouse. They are probably Chinese-made wrenches now.
    Harv Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mach1 View Post
    My grandfather had those in his old farmhouse. They are probably Chinese-made wrenches now.
    People think they are so rebellious and original, when really they are just banal, boring and dumb.

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    The Old Girl tried to kill me this afternoon! I decided to take on the cat smell head on with some Clorox bleach, the scented kind. First of all, it still smells just as bad as regular. Second, yes I know, bleach and ammonia are a lethal combination! I thought, I wont be down there very long, and I have windows and a door open. Of course, I kept expanding the perimeter, and a couple of minutes turned into many. Suddenly, my nose started running uncontrollably, then my chest started to tighten. I realized this was not good, and beet feet up the stairs and out side. I'm doing fine, but, even though there is not much concrete left to do, I will by a proper mask. On a side note, my neighbor saw me and said she found Smudgy, which was the cat trapped in the basement. She was in her garage, three weeks in my basement, almost four days in the garage! Unfortunately, she was so traumatized, she wanted nothing to do with any of us. I took her down to the Humane Society, they will try to adopt her out, if not, they will see if she is a candidate for release into the wild. She was actually nice to the workers. Maybe, she figured out, she better be nice to some one, or else!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stearmen View Post
    The Old Girl tried to kill me this afternoon! I decided to take on the cat smell head on with some Clorox bleach, the scented kind. First of all, it still smells just as bad as regular. Second, yes I know, bleach and ammonia are a lethal combination! I thought, I wont be down there very long, and I have windows and a door open. Of course, I kept expanding the perimeter, and a couple of minutes turned into many. Suddenly, my nose started running uncontrollably, then my chest started to tighten. I realized this was not good, and beet feet up the stairs and out side. I'm doing fine, but, even though there is not much concrete left to do, I will by a proper mask. On a side note, my neighbor saw me and said she found Smudgy, which was the cat trapped in the basement. She was in her garage, three weeks in my basement, almost four days in the garage! Unfortunately, she was so traumatized, she wanted nothing to do with any of us. I took her down to the Humane Society, they will try to adopt her out, if not, they will see if she is a candidate for release into the wild. She was actually nice to the workers. Maybe, she figured out, she better be nice to some one, or else!
    Nice of you to take care of the little Pee Monster.
    Make sure the house doesn't end up offing you! Not only open winows but put on a STRONG fan blowing the smell out (the window toward your least favorite neighbor ).
    People think they are so rebellious and original, when really they are just banal, boring and dumb.

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