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by shizzy
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Storm Window Strategy - Help....
Replies: 30
Views: 12647

Re: Storm Window Strategy - Help....

+1 on exterior storms. I installed 39 Larson Gold Series 2 track storms on my home last year. Made a hug difference in how weather tight and amazing how quiet it made it. Having 2 panes of glass seperated by a larger distance and different sizes and thickneses absorb more noise than a regular doubl...
by shizzy
Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Stripper recommendation
Replies: 31
Views: 42210

Re: Stripper recommendation

peel away 1 had a bad reputation years ago...don't know if ingredients have changed...dumond chemical (maker of peel away and smart strip products) lost a class action suit with pa#1...folks were not sure how much neutralizing to do and there was a lot of paint failer and angry home owners...peel a...
by shizzy
Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Insurance Company Forcing Painting
Replies: 17
Views: 11473

Re: Insurance Company Forcing Painting

Actually it makes a lot of sense. Bad economy=less acceptable business risks taken. A number of them have multiple lines, and might be getting ready to pay out on crop failures with the drought. OR some insurance risk assessment firm has done "research" and decided older homes are a greater risk, s...
by shizzy
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Dangerous tree/uncooperative neighbor
Replies: 27
Views: 5605

Re: Dangerous tree/uncooperative neighbor

I would be on the phone bright and early Monday morning with the POA person. These people gave you years and years of problems. You have been more than patient. I feel bad for the fact that the Wife is now dead and he is in failing health, but that's no excuse for still being a "you know what". Call...
by shizzy
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: How long did it take to build an old house?
Replies: 13
Views: 6955

Re: How long did it take to build an old house?

All of the houses on my side of the block share the same basic layout with the exception of Chimney location and trim details. My house is 1930 and some of the houses on the block are 1931. Not sure what all that would mean, but as far as I can tell the houses were built at the same time.
by shizzy
Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Vinyl vs. Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 3811

Re: Vinyl vs. Wood

when I first bought my house I knew nothing of saving the old ones. I got a few quotes on replacements and soon realized the payback on the "energy savings" was 47 years. :shock: With this said, I then found out that my heating bills for my 4000 Sq Ft house (duplex, both units share one boiler) with...
by shizzy
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: JRC's Nightmare on Elm Street (lots of pictures)
Replies: 263
Views: 143955

Re: JRC's Nightmare on Elm Street (lots of pictures)

the citru strip is NOT one of the wicked chemical/fume types and I did find it to be quite forgiving. Not sure about 48 hours though.
by shizzy
Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: JRC's Nightmare on Elm Street (lots of pictures)
Replies: 263
Views: 143955

Re: JRC's Nightmare on Elm Street (lots of pictures)

Today was my first day using a heat gun to strip the glue and paint from the wood wainscot. This is what I got done: (I'm trying to be careful, but I'm very nervous about burning the house down. But, I'm not sure of any other options that would work on the glue and paint so quickly) http://i29.phot...
by shizzy
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: So I did something rash...
Replies: 21
Views: 8978

Re: So I did something rash...

My preferred method is a garden sprayer with water and some dif. The garden sprayer makes it easy to soak an area while you scrap another location. The shot below was 3 layers of wallpaper. Those little spray bottles don't get enough volume to get the paper saturated quickly. http://ayers.smugmug.c...
by shizzy
Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Flooring advice needed
Replies: 20
Views: 10171

Re: Flooring advice needed

I've always been one to want to get back down to the original floor before adding another layer to it. Most times the layers were NOT installed correctly. Even if the original flooring isn't usable, you would then be down to a floor that you know and can trust. At that point a new subfloor and floor...