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Why candles?  The hand-rolled beeswax candles by Dadant are superb for three reasons. (1) The base can be easily crimped with one's fingers allowing the candles to fit into virtually any candle holder without the use of wax or other aids.  (2) The malleability also allows you to position the candle vertically even though, for instance, a candelabra arm may be crooked. (3) And, for reasons that I do not fully understand, these candles seem less drip-less than drip-less candles; this is an essential feature when they are burned while using a a forced-air heating or cooling system. 
 
  
Why cleaning products?  First, certain cleaning products such as the Miracle Shine by GMS and the heavy-duty micro-fiber cloths by Unger are essential to care for the fine hardware, plumbing fittings and light fixtures sold by Stone Standard.  Second, certain items are very difficult or impossible to find.  For example, the clear glass spray bottle with white leak-free sprayer, while quite simple, is not available elsewhere.  It should be noted that I have used the micro-fiber cloths in my own home for years and I have yet to see one even fray.  They seem to be virtually indestructible.
 
Why cloth covered wire?  Perhaps this is the one online item that does not need an explanation since light fixtures and wire go hand-and-hand.  Insulated copper wire that is covered in cotton cloth (not rayon) and then twisted in a pair is difficult to find.  In 2005, Stone Standard was named by the New York Times as a supplier of cloth covered wire and we continue to ship wire throughout the United States.  This wire is used primarily to for light fixtures where a plastic cord would be unsightly.  The "putty" color is shown at right.
 
Why fine linens?  Since Stone Standard is a distributor of fine plumbing fixtures,  bath towels didn't seem to be to much of a stretch.  Our clients have given high marks to the Italian bath towels.  After towels came robes and then 500 thread count bed sheets.  We apparently couldn't stop ourselves, so we had cocktail napkins with mitered corners made to our specifications.  The "single use hand towel" that is listed is actually the towel originally supplied to the Four Seasons hotels for their lobby restrooms. 
 
 
Why light bulbs? Stone Standard is a distributor of light fixtures so providing light bulbs is not only logical but helpful.  By providing difficult to find as well as common bulbs on our website, clients can reorder with ease.  Our favorite bulb, the 7-1/2 watt "petite turn tip", is perfect for chandeliers with exposed bulbs.  If your chandelier or scone has shades that clip onto the bulbs, you should choose a "torpedo" shaped bulb rather than a "turn-tip" bulb so the shade sit straight.
 
 
Why Sonos?  Stone Standard provides audio-visual equipment and you will be hard pressed to find a better system for any price and how delightful it is that Sonos is relatively inexpensive.  The fact that you can independently control the volume in each room and that each room can play different music is truly amazing.  That the system can be controlled from your iPhone is remarkable.  In addition to Pandora, I recommend a subscription to Rhapsody, a online music service, to get the full benefit of the Sonos system.
 
Why a vacuum cleaner?  Since its inception in 1997, Stone Standard has assisted clients in the management of their homes and the front artillery in the housekeeping battle is certainly the vacuum cleaner.  Nilfisk started making industrial vacuums and people who suffered from allergies soon found that their filtration systems were superior.  This vacuum is particularly well suited for a staffed home because there are few parts to break (no cord retractor to stop retracting) and, in the unlikely event that the bag tears, the vacuum has several other filters to assure that dust will not blow out the back like a skit from I Love Lucy
 

                                  

 
 
 
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