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Door Bell Question

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Joined: Mar 28 2003

I just finished re-paneling my Sacramento Eichler (it turned out great!) and am in the process of putting all if the switchplates and stuff back on. I still need some of the original brown ribbed switch and outlet plates.

I really need to replace the doobell chime box. The previous owner put in a gawdawful mediterranean style one. What did the originals look like? Could someone e-mail me a picture, or is anyone tossing one or have one for sale?

Thanks,

Dane Henas

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

dane: past discussions say these plates are extremely hard to find (like the escutcheon plates). I have seen regular brown plates at Home Depot. You may want to try some older electrical stores in your area, someone who has been in business for 40-50 years. You never know...

Another option that works well is a stainless steel plate with a brown switch. It's a nice look, both 48 years ago and today. I have seen stainless steel plates in old pictures of kitchen and bath areas. But the look would work through out the house.

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Our ACE Hardware here in Walnut Creek has a great selection of brown switches, sockets and cover plates (without the cool grooves though). I guess they carry the items beacuse of the large number of Eichlers here.

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Joined: Apr 30 2003

Dane- I have a few of the brown ribbed switch and outlet covers that are all yours if you still need them.

Kristian & Ami

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Dane,

Like a lot of other details, I think the manufacturer for the doorbell was the same for most tracts but the model differed. I believe Nutone manufactured the doorbells. I'm in San Jose and the set up included: bell in the kitchen (above the short fridge, set into wall with just perforated cover visible), transformer in the garage, doorbell outside the front door. Hopefully someone from your tract can show you what cover grid for the original one would have looked like.

Ebay often has vintage Nutone items for sale (they also made the built-in kitchen centers seen in some models and the kitchen exhaust fan). Also, you can explore their website

http://www.nutone.com/

From there you can tract down the nearest service/repair company who might have old stock or at least parts if you find one in need of repair.

Good luck.
Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Mar 28 2003

Kristian & Ami,

Yes, I can still use them. Please e-mail me at dhdesign@aol.com and we can discuss details.

Thanks,

dane Henas

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