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Joined: Apr 19 2007

we had a chance to pop-by the open house on shay this weekend @ 8050 shay drive. wow -- what a specimen. take a look.

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Amazing! Thanks for takings pics and sharing them. It's unheard of to find an Eichler this original. I hope someone who appreciates that buys it.

Cheers.
Jake

P.S I knew exactly what you meant about a lot of the pictures being "where this meets that". Got a lot of those myself ;-)

eichfan at rawbw dot com

Joined: Aug 6 2006

Wow! It's almost pristine...It's amazing that the appliance manuals are also preserved. It would've been interesting to see it furnished with mid-century furniture as well.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction."-E. F. Schumacher.

LW
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Joined: Sep 15 2007

Does anyone know where to find light switches like the ones in the photo?????

My house has some of those & I would like to find a few more (3 singles, 2 doubles)

Thanks for any info

Oh, and I love to see all of those original details. Although my house has many of them, things are not in as good of condition!!!

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Joined: Feb 8 2005

If you are talking about the brown switches, I saw them at OSH.

LW
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Joined: Sep 15 2007

I'm looking for the ones like redneckmodern took a picture of with the slanted buttons. Really at OSH?

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Joined: Apr 19 2007

are you talking about the switches or the switchplates? since you indicate the number of holes, i'm guessing switchplates as the switches themselves are always singular. modern hardware stores do carry switchplates, but like all things new, they'll likely be a bit different than the old ones. you might take a look in the dusty corner of your old locally-owned hardware store, but otherwise, online auction sites would be a good place to continue the search.

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Joined: Mar 25 2005

I assume they're looking for the switches themselves - not the faceplates. Not sure of the proper term of art but I think they want the original small, rocker-style switches. You could post a request on this forum or the Maintenance forum asking if folks have any extras around. Good luck.

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Joined: Sep 15 2007

geichlersv wrote:
I assume they're looking for the switches themselves - not the faceplates. Not sure of the proper term of art but I think they want the original small, rocker-style switches.

Yes, I'm looking for the actual switches. :) I am guessing that people just throw them out when remodeling? I've tried my local freecycles too.

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Joined: Nov 4 2003

Thanks for posting this info on this house in Oakland!

It's extremely nice. My Eichler is a 1967 build on Foster City and I can see a lot of identical detail, from only the 2 year build difference. Closet doors are identical, floor tiles are identical, though most are gone now, the cooktop is identical, which I still have fortunately intact. The shower and bath have similar fixtures and tile treatment too.

A lot of the stuff in my house was worn when I bought it, so it's great to see one so pristine. Even the doors and frames in bedrooms are the same. If I don't get a chance to see this place before it sells, I hope you can post higher rez images on your site, redneckmodern!

I can't imagine how the owner lived there and not use the kitchen appliances. I guess she washed dishes by hand!

I sure hope someone who will appreciate this house, or someone from this forum can buy it! I wish I could.

Nelson

Joined: Sep 30 2009

From prior posts, it appears that the original Eichler spec rocker switches can still be found at hardware stores in Northern California, but I haven't seen any references for retail locations in SoCal. Anyone have them for sale, or have an online resource, or some other way a Southern Californian can buy these switches, outlets, and plates in quantity? I, too, have a home with a mish mash of old and new, and would like to outfit with all original.

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Joined: Apr 19 2007

i fear the above posters are mistaken. we've been to many electrical supply shops in many places and haven't seen the switches you're looking for (from you ll/bb post)... best best is to find some used/rescued ones, imho.

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