Stainless Steel (629 & 630)
This finish requires minimal maintenance. They should be cleaned with a non-abrasive soap and water solution.
If it’s Satin Stainless & they become scratched, the grain can be touched up with a 3M Scotch-Brite pad.
Just remember to go with the grain!
Satin Nickel (619)
Upkeep is important here, as nickel tends to discolor over time.
If it’s lacquered, a mild soap & water will be all you need. Dry with a CLEAN soft cloth.
If it’s unlacquered, you can create a paste with baking soda & a bit of water. Cover the hardware & let the paste dry. Run under warm water & buff off the paste.
A 50/50 vinegar solution is also a safe cleaning solution.
A silver polish is also an option for stains, if the above method did not get results.
Stay away from anything harsh or abrasive! Nickel is just a plating & if it gets marred, will show the brass underneath.
Bright Chrome (625)
A non-abrasive soap & water solution is your starting point. Or strange as it might sound, pouring some cola on a clean cloth to wipe down your chrome is an effective method. Just make sure to rinse with water afterwards & wipe down with dry cloth to avoid dried, sticky cola.
Alternately, a mixture of vinegar & baking soda will work. Start with a few tablespoons of baking soda & add vinegar slowly to create a paste. Apply to hardware with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then rinse & wipe down with a soft cloth.
Again, nothing abrasive, as it could scratch or ruin the chrome plating.
Bright Brass (Lacquered) (605)
Should be cleaned with a clean, cotton cloth and water only. DO NOT use any harsh chemicals and avoid direct contact with glass cleaning solutions. A clear furniture wax (paste) is also a safe way to protect your brass. Wipe on, let sit for a few minutes & wipe off with a soft cloth. Just make sure it’s cleaned first.
Antiqued Brass (Lacquered) & Satin Brass (609 & 606)
Follow the same instruction for Bright Brass.
Oil Rubbed Brass/Bronze (613)
It’s important to wipe these down somewhat frequently, but equally important not to rub too hard. A soft clean cloth & a little mineral oil is recommended. Simply rub away grime, but do not “buff” as it could mess with the finish. Follow up with a dry cloth to remove excess oil.
It’s also ok to use a little furniture wax (try to match color as close as you can) paste. Let it sit for a few minutes & wipe away, gently. Doing this every few months will help protect the finish, but remember it is natural for oil rubbed metals to age & build character.
To maintain the laminates lasting beauty, cleaning with a solution of warm water and liquid dishwashing detergent is all that should be required in most cases.
Stains may be removed with most non-abrasive household cleaners such as FORMULA 409®,
FANTASTIK®, GLASS PLUS®, or WINDEX WITH AMMONIA D®. Light scrubbing with a soft bristled brush may be necessary to remove stains from the depth of the structure on some textured surfaces.
* While all of this information is safe for your Tice hardware, we can not be held responsible if something gets ruined once it’s out of our hands. If you aren’t sure of the finish or if it’s lacquered or not, just ask!
T-Bar Pulls added to new 2012 Price List
By popular demand we’ve added “Ladder Pulls” to our price list in two different forms:
- 1″ OD SOLID grips with 3/4″ diameter standoffs.
- 1-5/16″ OD Tubular grips with 1″ diameter standoffs
Stock pricing for 613, 629 and 630 finishes included in many lengths.
Custom sizes, configurations and finishes upon request.
Spotlight on the Machine Shop
We continue to add new machinery to the stable to broaden our horizons and make complicated geometry easier to negotiate. Below is a list of our Lathes and Machining Centers:
Doosan Puma 2000SY w/sub-spindle and live tooling
+ 2 manuals
+ 2 manual knee mills (1 with Analam CNC controls)
Yesterday I got a opportunity to wander freely inside the Portland US Customs House in Portland. The building is being auctioned off by the GSA for a starting bid of $250k. The 78,838-square-foot building was constructed in 1901 and comes with a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and other requirements. In 1997, Sera Architects estimated the building needed $18 million to $24.3 million in repairs, in 2009 dollars.
While wandering the halls I was dreaming of times past when this building was filled with the commerce of a city that was an important shipping port. Seeing the armored vault doors on a few of the floors made me wonder just what riches might have been enclosed. The building is massive and just heating it will be a huge burden. The next owners will definitely be up for a huge challenge, but the reward will be exciting to experience indeed!
Text from GSA page:
“Fueled by Portland’s economic development during the late nineteenth century, the U.S. Custom House was constructed to accommodate the city’s burgeoning prosperity and status. In 1875, the U.S. Customs Service first established a presence in Portland, moving into the newly constructed U.S. Post Office, Courthouse, and Custom House building (now known as the Pioneer Courthouse). As the city outgrew the space, a new Federal building was planned to house the Customs Service and additional courtrooms. In 1898, construction began on the present U.S. Custom House, reaching completion in 1901.
The building was designed in the office of James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury Department, and constructed under the supervision of locally noted architect Edgar Lazarus. Lazarus is known for his designs for the Vista House at Crown Point and the Agricultural Palace for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (no longer extant). Together, Taylor and Lazarus brought the new Custom House to fruition in a style inspired by the English Renaissance architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with similarities to the mannered style that characterized London architect James Gibbs’s public architecture.”
“In 1938, the east and west wings gained fourth floors to accommodate additional office space. In 1968, when the U.S. Customs Service moved into the Old Post Office Building at 511 NW Broadway, the North Pacific Division of the U.S. Corps of Engineers occupied the building. The building’s scale and distinguished design aesthetically enhances its neighborhood and serves as an anchor on the margin of the North Park Blocks, a row of seven blocks originally intended as open space in the late 1800s. In 1970, upon the recommendation of the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, the City Council designated the U.S. Custom House as a Historic Landmark. In 1973, the U.S. Custom House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”
“Typical doors and trim are stained and varnished oak. Doors typically have half lights of ribbed glass and clear glass transoms. Door and window casings are moulded and have plain architraves with classical crown mouldings.”
“Portland’s U.S. Custom House is a large edifice, encompassing a full block bounded by NW Broadway, Everett and Davis Streets, and Eighth Avenue, near the downtown. The four-story building is symmetrical, H-shaped in plan, featuring pavilions extending to the north and south from the central mass. An elegant one-story granite loggia of five tall, arched openings with rusticated walls and a scrolled parapet encloses the entry courtyard and opens onto Eighth Avenue and the North Park Blocks beyond.”
“A grand cast-iron stairway extends from the center of the first floor to the fourth floor, featuring marble treads, double balusters with spiral and acanthus ornamentation, paneled stringers and soffits, and a molded oak handrail. Originally, windows at the landings opened into a light court, which was covered with solid panels in 1949, leaving the oak framing and trim intact. The existing vestibule and main stair lobbies are well-preserved spaces which remain as the most detailed and significant areas in the building.”
Elisabeth Ruth (Betty) Tice died peacefully on October 8th. She was 95 years old. She was born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England on February 6, 1916 to Evelyn Beatrice Morgan and Harry Bean Street. Her brother Peter was born 2 years later.
The family emigrated to the United States in 1924, following her father’s untimely death, and settled in Portland, Oregon. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, boarding school at St. Margaret’s in Victoria, BC, and earned a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC.
Betty married James G. Tice on May 14, 1943 in Memphis, TN. They were married for 40 years. He died in 1983. Although officially a “housewife”, Betty supported and volunteered at many organizations such as Campfire, (was a counselor at Camp Namanu), AAUW, Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and was an early member of the Grey Panthers, an advocacy organization for the rights of the elderly supported by then, congressman, Ron Wyden. She was proud to have purchased the first issue of Ms. Magazine. Betty also volunteered in the Rental Sales Gallery at the Portland Art Museum. She was city and Oregon state PTA President, and taught adult education classes at PCC. She also kept the books for the family hardware manufacturing business, Tice Industries. She was a life-long member of Waverly Heights Congregational United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school and was active in the Women’s Fellowship. Betty also enjoyed gardening, doing calligraphy, and was a fan of Asian art.
She is survived by daughters Nancy Tice and Rebecca Pellechi, son John Tice, grandsons Scott and Aaron, great-grandson Oscar, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff for the wonderful care she received for many years at Encore Senior Village, and Adventist Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Waverly Heights UCC Church, or to one of the organizations she supported.