home clinic; illuminating the patio: hide those lights for the best effect
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Increasing lighting in the well can greatly extend the service life after dark.
Since the terrace or terrace is usually adjacent to the back door or side door of the house, this lighting can also increase safety and safety. But the all-too-
The common practice of simply installing some floodlights on the side of the House and targeting them on the patio is rarely satisfactory.
This kind of lighting will not only produce unpleasant glare, but may also cause complaints from neighbors.
Especially when the lights come into the bedroom window.
The smart planned outdoor lighting should be soft and pleasant, and the light source should be at least partially hidden or shaded as long as it works.
Lighting should not only provide sufficient visibility, but should also be decorative and highlight attractive trees, bushes, or other features.
The garden supply store and most dealers selling lighting equipment and related equipment have a variety of suitable outdoor lighting equipment.
The most common types are those that are mounted on short spikes for sticking to the ground around the patio, or those that are mounted on short piles or pipe lengths, as shown in the attached drawing.
Many of them have shadows or spheres that tend to reflect down most of the light, thus protecting the eye from direct glare to a large extent.
Advertising indirect or reflective lighting is always better than direct lighting.
So if the homeowner feels the need to install floodlights on the side of the House
Or if there is no other place to put the lights
Then, if the lights are installed under eave or overhang and then positioned to make them glow at that overhang, rather than directly on the terrace, it will produce a more satisfactory effect.
In this way, there will be a pleasant reflection of light.
In the same ad, if there is an umbrella table on the terrace or terrace, open the umbrella at night and clip a small floodlight or spotlight on the umbrella post.
Then place the lamp so that it will shine up to the bottom of the umbrella instead of straight down.
Another way indirect lighting can be used to produce an attractive nonglaree effect is to attach light to the bottom of the tree, which also highlights nearby trees or shrubs, or install the light on the bottom of the tree or bush, and then direct the light to the branch.
For a tree or very large bush, place the light on one side of the patio of the plant as shown.
In this way, more light is reflected from leaves and branches to the terrace.
In the case of low shrubs or groups of plants, placing light behind the plant can achieve a more significant effect (or plants)
So that the light can outline it.
The best type of light fixture for this lighting is the bullet-
Shape metal cone or shield with waterproof floodlight bulb inside.
You can\'t see the actual light bulb at all unless you look straight at the light fixture.
These fixtures carry mounting piles (
Plastic or metal)
It can be pushed into the ground and let the light rotate as needed.
They are also equipped with a flat mounting base that can be screwed to the sides of a fence column, house wall, tree or similar solid surface.
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Before installing the lights permanently, it is better to experiment in different positions and different positions after dark.
Use a long extension cord so the lights can move around until you are happy with the effect and remember that the lights from different fixtures overlap so don\'t use only one light at a time.
When you settle down where it seems to be working properly, make sure that the lights don\'t disturb your neighbors, and they don\'t shine on the street, putting the driver in danger.
Keep in mind that after dark, eating or socializing requires only a relatively small amount of light
In most cases, all you want is a pleasant light, not a bright pool of light.
In the evening, it is unlikely that someone would like to read or work on the terrace.
As discussed in this column June 22, outdoor power outlets will be required in order to install patio lighting, or you can call a professional electrician for the necessary cabling.
It is also possible to purchase lighting devices that use special transformers to \"lower\" the current to a low voltage equivalent to the use of a doorbell or toy train, but you still need at least one outdoor outlet so you can plug in the transformer.
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My house has a plaster wall, and there are cracks in the plaster.
In a room, the plaster cracked and the paint peeled off.
What\'s the best way to fix these walls so it doesn\'t look like a patch job? -L. P. W. , Scarsdale, N. Y. AdvertisementA.
In the room where the paint comes off, all the paint that comes off should be scraped off or polished off first.
In the room with a line crack, gently fill the crack with fine sand.
I suggest using a ready-made-
Mix the latex formula because most of them shrink less than the powder type and bond better.
If patched and filled carefully, if all patches are in stock
Ready before painting, after the painting work is completed, the repair should not be visible.
The same basic technique is used for larger cracks, except if they are more than 8 inches wide, I would suggest filling almost the surface with a patch plaster first, then fill and smooth with spackling compound. Q. I have a cold-
I want to solve the weather problem before coming next winter.
The two Eaves met right on the steps in front of me, and when it snowed, it accumulated a lot of snow in the formed Valley.
Therefore, water flows into the ditch and freezes, blocking the ditch.
When the remaining snow melts, it runs through the ditch and ice, and runs down to the porch, where it quickly freezes again --
Form a dangerous pile of ice.
What can I do next winter to prevent or remedy this situation? -M. L. K. N. MamaroneckY. A.
First, I will check the insulation under the roof and under the eaves.
Heat is leaking, causing the snow to melt, so more insulation may be needed.
Second, I think you might benefit from installing the heating cable in the sink and downpipe --
At least in that corner.
And the roof eaves and valleys in that area.
These should be controlled by the switch so you can turn them on when it is expected to snow and the temperature is close to freezing point.
The cable will melt the ice so that the ditch will not be blocked and the water will flow out safely through the ditch before the ditch spills.
Questions about house repairs should be addressed to Bernard Gladstone of The New York Times, 229 West 43d Street, New York. Y. 10036.
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A version of this article was printed on page CN11 of the National edition on July 6, 1986 with the title: Family Clinic;
Illuminate The Patio: hide these lights for the best results.