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« Reply #8430 on: September 25, 2013, 09:33:08 AM »
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"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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« Reply #8431 on: September 25, 2013, 09:41:56 AM »
The USA postal service is no longer government supported - hasn't been for decades.  They are trying to figure out how to keep going without raising the postage - but they have lost so many paid services that OTHER companies now provide with faster & more reliable results (Fed Ex, UPS, and even email or fax machines).

The door to door delivery route is the most expensive - so they are trying to get rid of it and go to a drive by mail box on a post or a neighborhood lock box for apartment houses and newer developments. 

The other thing about door to door delivery is that you need a sidewalk for the delivery person's safety - those aren't routinely being built any more either...

The local neighborhood lock box has larger boxes for the delivery of packages - but so many keys have been lost or broken that they can no longer be used without rekeying - and they'd run out of money to rekey back in April...so - we find packages on our front porches, by the door - if we're lucky, behind a brick pillar or planter so it isn't obvious that something is just sitting THERE. 

And they don't have the time to ring the door bell more than one brief press - so you have to check the porch if you've been gone or aren't sure if you heard anything....because that one brief press might be enough the door bell to go "ri..." instead of "ring".

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« Reply #8432 on: September 25, 2013, 10:01:14 AM »
And they don't have the time to ring the door bell more than one brief press - so you have to check the porch if you've been gone or aren't sure if you heard anything....because that one brief press might be enough the door bell to go "ri..." instead of "ring".

I have no doorbell, and I do have problems with your average person knocking as if they were afraid that someone was going to hear them, but Not with the postal service!!  Both UPS and USPS knock as if they're trying to batter down the door, and I can hear them from the farthest back part of my apartment, in a dead sleep, with the shower running.   

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« Reply #8433 on: September 25, 2013, 10:15:00 AM »
Growing up, we lived in a rural area. Our mailbox was by our driveway but that was almost a 1/4 mile from the house. The mailman drove from mailbox to mailbox dropping off mail.

In apartments and townhomes I lived in, we had community locking mailboxes.

In our last home, we had a mail slot in our door. In this house we have a mailbox by our front door. This neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks and the mailman usually just walks across the lawns from door to door. He parks his car in front of our house (best shade). We have approximately 30 homes on our street and I think it takes him 30 to 45 minutes per day.

At my MIL, she has a regular neighborhood lot but they all have mailboxes in the front and the mailman drives to each dropping off mail.

One of the reasons my DH dislikes the "new" neighorhoods being built in our city for the last 20 years is that they have community mailboxes which he has a weird hangup about.

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« Reply #8434 on: September 25, 2013, 10:17:23 AM »
RingTailedLemur wrote:

"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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Most places have an even better feature. We can choose from the available formulas or bring in a color sample - drapes, upholstery, even a picture if there seems to be 1/2 inch square of one color, a paint chip, a stick painted with a color from another company or no longer on the formula list - and it is put under a viewer and the machines figures out the formula. It works quite well. We matched an old green that way, and recently the background of old wallpaper that we wanted to leave up.

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« Reply #8435 on: September 25, 2013, 10:38:41 AM »
RingTailedLemur wrote:

"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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I thought everyone did it this way :-)!  I presume it's because the store only needs to stock the "tint base" and you can make thousands of colours out of it.  For example, Benjamin Moore says they have over 3,400 colours, including 164 shades of white.  Can you imagine having to stock that many cans of paint?!  Just in case someone wants "Corinthian White" rather than "Montgomery White"?

How do they do it where you are, RingTailedLemur?

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« Reply #8436 on: September 25, 2013, 11:27:54 AM »
RingTailedLemur wrote:

"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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I thought everyone did it this way :-)!  I presume it's because the store only needs to stock the "tint base" and you can make thousands of colours out of it.  For example, Benjamin Moore says they have over 3,400 colours, including 164 shades of white.  Can you imagine having to stock that many cans of paint?!  Just in case someone wants "Corinthian White" rather than "Montgomery White"?

How do they do it where you are, RingTailedLemur?

I think you can get special colours mixed up in some places.  Other than than the shops just stock a range of colours .  I guess if they don't have one you specifically want in stock they could order it in.

I've only ever bought the colour I want off a shelf (I generally have a rough idea of what sort of colour I want in mind, then see what the shop has).  I've never seen paint being mixed.


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« Reply #8437 on: September 25, 2013, 02:53:14 PM »
RingTailedLemur wrote:

"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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I thought everyone did it this way :-)!  I presume it's because the store only needs to stock the "tint base" and you can make thousands of colours out of it.  For example, Benjamin Moore says they have over 3,400 colours, including 164 shades of white.  Can you imagine having to stock that many cans of paint?!  Just in case someone wants "Corinthian White" rather than "Montgomery White"?

How do they do it where you are, RingTailedLemur?

I think you can get special colours mixed up in some places.  Other than than the shops just stock a range of colours .  I guess if they don't have one you specifically want in stock they could order it in.

I've only ever bought the colour I want off a shelf (I generally have a rough idea of what sort of colour I want in mind, then see what the shop has).  I've never seen paint being mixed.

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« Reply #8438 on: September 25, 2013, 03:06:24 PM »
Our big home improvement stores don't have house name brand, so when there is a paint mixing station it's still one from a paint brand.
That paint brand will most likely also have their product on shelf, along with several other brands.
Quite frankly when I had to chose a new color for my bedroom I only looked at one brands catalogue (I only made sure it was the same price range as the other brands) or you are quickly overwhelmed, and picked up a 5/8 of a gallon off the shelf, same for the primer.
They can probably order it with you want 'pastel lilac' from brandX and they do carry brandX, they just don't have 'pastel lilac' in stock.

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« Reply #8439 on: September 25, 2013, 03:18:35 PM »
Thanks, everyone  :)

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« Reply #8440 on: September 25, 2013, 03:32:48 PM »
Now you can say you have: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61lW-UkGvpw

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« Reply #8441 on: September 25, 2013, 04:08:46 PM »
Now you can say you have: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61lW-UkGvpw

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« Reply #8442 on: September 25, 2013, 05:04:17 PM »
RingTailedLemur wrote:

"I keep reading about having paint colours mixed up specially in shops.  Is that common in America?"

It's so common that most big home stores won't do it any other way except for stuff like spray paint.  All of the house paint and such is white and if you pick another color, they have a machine that drops measured amounts of dye into the white to turn it the right color.

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I thought everyone did it this way :-)!  I presume it's because the store only needs to stock the "tint base" and you can make thousands of colours out of it.  For example, Benjamin Moore says they have over 3,400 colours, including 164 shades of white.  Can you imagine having to stock that many cans of paint?!  Just in case someone wants "Corinthian White" rather than "Montgomery White"?

How do they do it where you are, RingTailedLemur?

I think you can get special colours mixed up in some places.  Other than than the shops just stock a range of colours .  I guess if they don't have one you specifically want in stock they could order it in.

I've only ever bought the colour I want off a shelf (I generally have a rough idea of what sort of colour I want in mind, then see what the shop has).  I've never seen paint being mixed.

B&Q and Homebase both mix paint in the UK.  I think all of the paints I've used have been mixed.  My bedroom at home is something like "Creamy Linen No 4" where there were 6 different shades of creamy linen.

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« Reply #8443 on: September 25, 2013, 05:10:58 PM »
Yep, all the bigger stores in the UK mix paints - we have several specially mixed ones the walls and they cost the same as the off the shelve ones do.
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« Reply #8444 on: September 25, 2013, 06:04:38 PM »
I've done most of my house in Wilkinsons own brand   :-[