Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side


I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at 45 degrees on the two short sides - like !http://www.modabakeshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/turkeydraw1.png where the red line is the door. The light switch (actually a 3-position off/sensor/on) is awkwardly located under the bottom shelf at the back of one of the full walls.

What I want to do is to turn the existing receptacle into a junction box (blank plate cover for access) and then move the switch to a chest level switch, still on the inside, but mounted on the short cabinet wall right next to the door. This means it would have to be a receptacle box that sticks out from the wall - something like this I guess: !http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/f8/f80e4798-4436-4ccb-aa86-50777d412598_400.jpg

Wiring would come out of the existing receptacle...

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I want to put an 18in wide pantry cabinet here and mount the switches on the side of this cabinet.

No problem. I've done it and seen it done by others, not frequently but not unheard of.

Since the new box will only have the three switches in it, I would look at using a shallow 3-gang box, or three shallow gangable boxes joined into one. The question would be what is the shallowest box that will allow conduit to enter the end of it. That is, to enter through the side of the box nearest the wall.

Alternatively, the conduit could end in a 90o connector on the top or bottom of the new box. The end of the conduit at the existing switch box should definitely end in a 90o connector mounted to a hole you cut in a metal 3-gang blank plate. The size of the hole will be determined by the size of the conduit that you choose.

There's no need to use liquidtight here; greenfield is good enough. Adding a false wall or two to box the conduit and boxes in is an excellent...

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We gave up 12" of counter space on the refrigerator side of our small U for the pull-out. We didn't prep on that side of the kitchen anyway. We didn't think our kitchen would look custom without enclosing the fridge with cabinetry, and that's all we had room for. The pull-out is 2/3 of the floor-to-ceiling cabinet height. We have a cabinet over it with one shelf. It holds cutting boards, cookie sheets, etc.

I am able to store most food items in it. We're not Costco-type stocker-uppers, so it works for us. The top shelf currently holds 6 boxes of cereal. I keep cans, pasta, boxed foods, and paper towels in the lower shelves. No problem finding things because the shelves aren't very wide in a 12" pull-out. I have one 30" upper cabinet on the other side of the fridge for baking supplies, and that's it for food storage.

It glides out easy and is soft close. Our cabmaker made it to replace the Rev-a-Shelf version that does not have all the kinks worked...

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An Example of a Typical Installation Using LED Flex Strip (Triple Bright), and an Electronic, Dimmable Driver From Magnititude Lighting Converters

In this video project I take you through the installation of an LED tape light system of under cabinet lighting. One of the most important considerations here is to use a good quality voltage driver. The tape light I chose is excellent, and provides very good light in a nice color spectrum; however it is very intense at full power (4.4 Watts/ft). This is great for task lighting, but you would want to have the means to dim it down for other applications, such as accent lighting. That’s why I chose the E-series dimmable LED voltage driver from Magnitude Lighting Converters. The dimmer switch is the Diva series from Lutron.

Factors To Consider With Under Cabinet Lighting

As with most projects, safety and planning need to be the first steps. Under cabinet lighting can be tricky, especially making sure it is installed...

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Yeah, ideally I want the RGBW Fibaro Micro Controller for each zone (toe kick, under cabinet and up light) but that would mean I need 8 of them if I want to include island and butlers pantry. I'm having a hard time stomaching that after all the other HA stuff, its definitely a disease, but we'll see what tomorrow brings. I went in knowing I probably wasn't going to have physical wall switches for them, as there would be way to many of them and I was comfortable fully automated through other switches, motion detector or ultrasonic occupancy sensor. Let me know what you end up with, I have some LED strips in our pantry right now and I'm concerned they won't be bright enough for under cabinet task lighting. I should have just done the ready to mount GFCI strips. The metal commercial Legrand strips I used were disassemble, cut to length and then painted to match (way more work than I expected).

As for the outlets, we removed, capped lines with wire nuts and electric tape, and...

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As you know there are many things to consider when building a house… here is a compilation of lots of little things you may want to do or at least consider when going through the planning or design process. Including my own experience as well as researched what other buyers did that they loved, or wish they had done????

Closet & Organization

Make sure your closet has enough space for both double hung rods, and singles to accommodate long clothes Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items out of sight More closet/linen space than you think you’ll need! Plenty of storage for holiday or seasonal decoration Cubbies in mudroom with an outlet in each one (may want to consider outlets with USB ports for charging phones, tablets, etc.)


Outlets inside vanity cabinets (upper and lower) in bathroom for dryer, and other accessories Heated towel racks Don’t let them caulk the bottom of your toilet to the tile...
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Making Your Own Custom Cabinets isn't as Hard as it Looks.

This is the first of many pages on cabinet making, and we need to cover fundamentals. There are three basic types of cabinets: base, wall, and tall. You can build them yourself at home.

Building Base Cabinets (Construction and Parts Made from Plywood)

1,2) - Side Base - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF* - 1 Finished Edge
3) - Bottom Base - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge
4,5,6) - Spanner - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge
7) - Back - 1/4"(5.5 mm) Plywood SCF
8,9) - Back Cleats - 1/2"(12 mm) Plywood
10) - Leveller Legs - Plastic

* SCF - One Side Clear Finish // ** 2SCF - Two Sides Clear Finish

Adjustable legs resolve problems of non-ideal flooring and more: eliminates use of wedges (shims), save a material (one standard sheet makes six sides of base cabinet), the sides no need to be notched for foot space. An...

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Fixed Shelves: This is one of the alternatives for the top part of the full height unit. These shelves may start anywhere from counter height and run on up to the top of the unit. However, we recommend they be at least eye level or shortly above for the primary kitchen user, and from there go to the top of the unit.

Pull-Out Shelf (not pictured): The pull out shelf is very similar to the trays described below, except the sides do not extend above the top of the shelf itself, so that there is easy access from all three sides. This shelf does include a vertical back to prevent items from sliding off the back.

Vertical Dividers: Our experience has been that this is one of the features most desired by our customers. As you can see, they are very handy for serving trays, cookie sheets, muffin pans, cutting boards, and the like. They usually run about 14 to 18" high, depending on the size of your trays, and 4 to 6" across. Try to include provisions for three to six of these slots....

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Isn't it nice when you realize smart people have been innovating and improving products that you didn't even know you needed yet? More light switches have been invented and perfected than you may realize, but that doesn't mean you don't want them. Light switch designers have gotten very good at helping you achieve the lighting and efficiency you want. From standard dimmers, to timers with built-in atomic clocks, to in-wall dimmer/timers, you can now light your home efficiently, beautifully, and, best of all, conveniently.

Toggle or Paddle Switches

Boring! Just kidding. There are many times when an on/off toggle switch is all you need. Quick anecdote: I used to live in a trailer on my friend's parents' property. When you flipped the light switch in the bathroom, the light and nearby socket would burst to life. Because we always had the radio plugged in and tuned to the rock station, when you flipped the switch, you would be greeted by a wave of hair metal. For this...

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Ikea’s Sektion kitchen wall cabinets caught my attention a few times, and I cannot resist playing with them nearly every time I visit the store.

They offer a version of Blum’s Aventos hinges, Utrusta, which lifts a cabinet door up and out of the way. So it’s part hinge, part “stay.” They’re adjustable, for matching to a door’s size and weight.

The hinges are pretty pricey – $49 per pair. The last time I checked, Blum Aventos of similar power weren’t any cheaper.

I’ll be exploring the benefits of these vertical lift hinges in an upcoming cabinet installation. Because the doors open up and out of the way, one could potentially leave the door open when retrieving things from a cabinet or moving things back and forth.

Open a traditional horizontal wall cabinet door, and the door will get in your way.

So with these hinges, I’d think you get the access benefits of using an open cabinet or shelf, but also the benefits of having a door you...

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Your ceiling fan has a broken light pull chain. How do you fix this fast and easy? Ceiling fans with lights have a pull chain to turn the fan or the lights on or off. These pull chains get pulled on daily and can be broken. If you pull too hard on the pull chain the chain can break or come out of its socket. Also, the light switch itself may wear out or fail. If this happens the lights will not turn on. We will show you the easiest way to fix either of these problems below. Since you are working on your ceiling fan, find out the best ceiling fan direction for Summer or Winter.

Below are 2 different scenarios, one is a broken pull chain and one is a bad switch.

Always turn off power before taking apart a ceiling fan or light switch.

Pull chain for a ceiling fan light switch

To replace the fan light switch pull chain:

The switch housing needs to be removed.Unscrew the screws holding the lighting assembly to the fan.You should now see the...
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I have a Chamberlain that i'm upgrading to the MyQ wall panel. I can't get the wall unit to work. I have 2 identical garage doors, 1 works just fine. The second is blowing my mind. Here are the facts:

- The old panel works.

- New panel LED will not turn on. If I play with the red wire (rub it on the back a bit) it will start the garage door moving, but still won't turn on the LED even for a moment.

- I stripped new wires and tried those. Still nothing. But the old panel will still work fine with the new stripped wires.

- Chamberlain was very kind and sent a new panel. Same outcome with all the combinations from above.

What could possibly be wrong? The other garage door was very easy to change out and has worked just fine. What really gets me is the old wall unit continues to work just fine.

Why I need to change it? I don't really, but as I've been automating things in the house, the garage doors are nice to control from my phone. I can set...

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Earlier this week I showed you how we created a soft, even, warm glow on each shelf of our still-in-progress DIY bookshelf, all for about $30 total. Even better – it uses almost no electricity. (I think it’s 18 watts per entire 16-foot reel, even though earlier in the week I told you it was 3 watts. Still super efficient.)

Here again is what our bookshelf looks like all lit up with these fancy lights (keeping in mind the bookshelf is still under construction!).

We picked up these LED reel lights on Amazon at this link. This is what one reel looks like when it comes in the mail:
That’s about 16 feet of lighting. For our project, we needed two reels. These lights are available in different colors, and we opted for “Warm White 3100k,” which looks similar in color to an incandescent bulb. You also need to pick up a transformer/power adapter like this. We’re using two reels of light with one transformer and it works great.
Once your junk comes in the mail,...

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Question: I just bought an 8 pack of GE 13 Watt, CFL 60 W and 2700K Warm White light bulbs. These are the types of light bulbs that have a twist to them. They are actually Compact Fluorescent Lamps in the shape of a normal light bulb. They are supposed to save energy so I thought it would be a good idea to replace all the light bulbs in my house. The bulbs work everywhere except in my living room. I tried multiple bulbs to ensure that it wasn’t a bad bulb, but that wasn’t the issue. What could be the issue here? Maybe a voltage or wiring problem?

New CFL Light Bulb Not Working In Living Room Light Fixture

Answer: Are all LEDs and CFLs dimmable? NO! Do all LED and CFL light bulbs work with all dimmers? NO! The most common reason a CFL light bulb will not work is because the switch it is connected to is a dimmer switch. Most CFL light bulbs do not work on a dimmer. Sometimes on a dimmer, the CFL bulbs will never shut off all the way. You either...

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Example Systems

We offer all types of custom systems but the most requested system is the Single Panel Flush Mount Door. It typically has the following specs:

Includes Motor tube, lifting straps,door guides and roller assembly. (Door panels not included) Door will be flush with its surroundings when closed. Lifting straps attach to the back of the door and are completely hidden. Guides are 1.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep and fit behind the door opening on each side. Door will tilt back approx 2.5 to 3.0 inches as it rises. Two inch diameter motor tube will need to mount near the top of the door when the door is in the open position and will require 10 inches of depth at this location. IR Remote control that can be included on a universal transmitter for operating both the TV and the cabinet door. Motor will have starting and stopping limits that are set at installation.

CLICK on the following for a presentation on the different Automatic Door Drives...

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