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by eperot
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Question about old floorboards
Replies: 11
Views: 9468

Re: Question about old floorboards

Ditto. We've got just one floor...random width pine tongue and groove, face nailed. in the 1870's there weren't a lot of people with the money to blow on both a subfloor and a top floor. It would seem that would be a more modern, 20th century arrangement. Additional layers have been added to ours ov...
by eperot
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Another One Saved!
Replies: 4
Views: 2612

Another One Saved!

It comes with great excitement that I can tell you all, that one of New Jersey's top ten most endangered buildings on Preservation New Jersey's website has been, at long last, saved! The McCloughan Mansion is a fine brick Italianate built in 1860. It was vacant since 2001, and subsequently consumed ...
by eperot
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Renovation, How much is too much?
Replies: 12
Views: 10407

Re: Renovation, How much is too much?

Hmmm. An interesting question. Let me begin by offering a caveat: anything I am about to say is solely my opinion and only for furthering discussion. That said, by definition renovation, restoration and rehabilitation are three words meaning more or less the same thing. However, the distinction I ca...
by eperot
Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Potty suggestions anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 5340

Re: Potty suggestions anyone?

I second the use of a standard (low) height over the modern "comfort" height. As ugly as it may sound I believe elimination to be easier on the body in the lower position. I favor round bowls but more for authenticity, although elongated bowls were around back then as well. I have perhaps the best l...
by eperot
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: the saddest house in NYC
Replies: 24
Views: 32223

Re: the saddest house in NYC

Why, oh why? There are lots of people in this world who just don't "get it". The Ginzo who did this mayhem probably also built the matching beach house on the island my folks lived on in Massachusetts. Lots of little cottages, gray shingled with white siding, and then BLOTTO! Three story McMansion i...
by eperot
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 26
Views: 10837

Re: Hurricane Sandy

Here in NJ we all got hit pretty hard. Just trying to drive from one town to another is pretty interesting and getting gas? Not likely. Supermarkets are just getting back up running again (told my wife I now know what a Russian Supermarket must feel like...bare shelves everywhere). Fortunately, our ...
by eperot
Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Early Electrical Lighting in Homes
Replies: 10
Views: 4511

Re: Early Electrical Lighting in Homes

Great article. I just wandered around the basement and noticed many components (no longer in use) seen there. An early surface mounted switch, complete with wood "wire grip" molding, and an early porcelain bulb holder (cleat style) rated at 50 candlepower. I shall save all these components to docume...
by eperot
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Trick or Treat!
Replies: 6
Views: 2876

Re: Trick or Treat!

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by eperot
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Neighborhood deterioration
Replies: 23
Views: 16356

Re: Neighborhood deterioration

macwnj, I don't mean to sound defeatist or without vision...just that after 34 years of living in Warren county you learn certain realities. Much of the trouble with Phillipsburg has to do with issues inherent in lower socio-economic areas of which P'burg is a part. Just as an area like Mendham in M...
by eperot
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Neighborhood deterioration
Replies: 23
Views: 16356

Re: Neighborhood deterioration

macwjn, Wow...someone nearby. I know P'burg well, as I live in Hackettstown. Warren county as you know is unfortunately not the best off ... especially when you consider our neighbors like Hunterdon, Morris, and farther, Somerset. I grew up in Mansfield twp. which is a nice rural place, but went to ...