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by matchbookhouse
Wed May 30, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Old House Pets
Replies: 195
Views: 139199

Re: Old House Pets

Utopia, I recently tranported a kitty to a rescue home that had a permanent head tilt - otherwise she was quite happy and healthy. Also, if Sweetie Pie's back legs give out a lot, you might want to get the wheely cart thing for her. She'll be able to get around quite well. Of course, this all depend...
by matchbookhouse
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Choosing a color for hardwood floors
Replies: 35
Views: 12237

Re: Choosing a color for hardwood floors

Different woods definitely turn different colors using the same stain. Is there any way you can try the stain in a more unseen area (like a closet), or have a scrap piece of wood you can try it on? I've devised custom stain colors for my heart pine floors that I've redone, but the floors in the livi...
by matchbookhouse
Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Home offices?
Replies: 14
Views: 4034

Re: Home offices?

Ooh, Chris - I love your in-wall shelving. I have something that looks similar, where some PO installed shelving between the door frame and the old chimney in my front bedroom. I have finally decided to make that bedroom a home office. It has the larger closet (house only has 2 closets, both add-ons...
by matchbookhouse
Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Must Paint Over Red---Please advise
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: Must Paint Over Red---Please advise

I would vote for Zinsser, or else Duron's Gripper primer.
by matchbookhouse
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Question for folks in low-risk flood zones
Replies: 13
Views: 2284

Re: Question for folks in low-risk flood zones

I live in a low-risk flood zone, but did inquire about flood insurance anyway. The company through which I have my homeowner's insurance told me that flood insurance is a Federal program and found me a quote for it. Since even Hurricane Isobel didn't flood my property, although the winds pushed all ...
by matchbookhouse
Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Anyone here ever felt they bought the wrong home?
Replies: 25
Views: 19027

Re: Anyone here ever felt they bought the wrong home?

Well, despite the noise from the naval base, what Kansas said is the reason I bought my house: it's old; it's only one story (bungalow/cottage) so I can age (even more!) in place; and it's only 2 blocks from the main gate so I could walk to my former job. Also, it's only 1/10 mile from the river. As...
by matchbookhouse
Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: New patio just in time for summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 2711

Re: New patio just in time for summer.

You know, threads like this one remind me why I can't go without oldhouseweb for even a day! My laptop was out of service for a week (thankfully it was just a bad power adaptor), and I REALLY missed reading this site. PS., I agree with catperson that Dan is MUCH better looking than the "hearts of ch...
by matchbookhouse
Wed May 25, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Is shellac the answer to pine being hard to stain?
Replies: 10
Views: 3070

Re: Is shellac the answer to pine being hard to stain?

Just my experience: my house has original heart pine floors (84 yrs. old). The bedroom floors had never been stained or finished and were looking kind of rough. I had them screened by a floor finisher, then I used wood conditioner followed by wood stain. I finished up with a top coat of clear Restor...
by matchbookhouse
Wed May 25, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old Ontario Homes (previously why NOW?!)
Replies: 39
Views: 10909

Re: Old Ontario Homes (previously why NOW?!)

Oh, my husband and I toured Casa Loma when we vacationed in Canada a while back. It is a cool house (and obviously built by someone with a LOT of moola!).
by matchbookhouse
Sat May 21, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 46
Views: 24019

Re: What are you reading?

Kathy, the antiques mystery books by Barbara Allan are great! I had to go to two different libraries to get all of them, but now I've read all but the newest one (thanks for mentioning it). I like that the protagonist is far from a perfect person, and the end of each chapter has some great tips on a...