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by S
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:00 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Waxing Wood Floors?
Replies: 7
Views: 2167

Re: Waxing Wood Floors?

You could use BLO, but one thing to keep in mind is that if you ever want to use another finish you will need to make sure it's compatible with an penetrating oil on the wood.
by S
Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Insurance Question- Replacement Value
Replies: 16
Views: 2405

Re: Insurance Question- Replacement Value

Oh, you might be surprised at what I do for a living ;-)
by S
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Insurance Question- Replacement Value
Replies: 16
Views: 2405

Re: Insurance Question- Replacement Value

My question is, if your house burned to the ground would you honestly rebuild it using using the same type of materials (i.e. old growth wood, etc.) or would you find another comparable bungalow in town and buy it at the going rate. If the answer is the latter, then you don't need full replacement t...
by S
Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Waxing Wood Floors?
Replies: 7
Views: 2167

Re: Waxing Wood Floors?

I grew up in a house w/ waxed wood floors. Pretty easy. Clean the floors w/ mineral spirits to get off old gunk. Put down some paste wax (SC Johnsons & Butchers both make a nice paste wax). My mom owned a buffer machine, but you can rent them, Buff the wax until it has a nice sheen. Done. Walk caref...
by S
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: cistern in back yard
Replies: 40
Views: 11997

Re: cistern in back yard

There's a pipe coming out of it pointing to the house that's been cemented. I don't see anything in the basement that it could have been attached to and the house has had public water for a long time. I'll try to get more pics tomorrow. I'll probably put a deck over it but I'm curious about how big...
by S
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Remodeling our Kitchen in an old
Replies: 6
Views: 1732

Re: Remodeling our Kitchen in an old

Granted my stove is gas, but it is 3" away from my sink. I'd do a little research on your local requirements and when a change tips you into pulling things up to code. Your city website should have info. (I think this is usually regulated at city level) I had a concrete guy who insisted that if I ha...
by S
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Replacing windows - saving the originals from the dumpster!
Replies: 113
Views: 60871

Re: Replacing windows - saving the originals from the dumpster!

I actually agree with window salesman to a degree. There are many well constructed windows out there - Anderson, Pella and Marvin all make solid lines of windows. They are perfectly appropriate in new construction and those companies are probably making some of the best. My parents have Anderson win...
by S
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Sink leg question
Replies: 8
Views: 3077

Re: Sink leg question

My dream it to some day own a pink fixture bathroom.

I think some of those holes are just for the ceramic/porcelain creation process and don't serve an actual purpose once the sink it out of the kiln.
by S
Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Transform 1951 cape to a bungalow
Replies: 71
Views: 26253

Re: Transform 1951 cape to a bungalow

I believe the insulation is fully encased. When I look at the insulation from in the house/attic it has paper on the inside also. The box is the kitchen vent fan that is mounted on the wall. Then, I'd personally suspect that there was a loose joint in the vinyl that allowed water to seep underneath...
by S
Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Transform 1951 cape to a bungalow
Replies: 71
Views: 26253

Re: Transform 1951 cape to a bungalow

Is that the insulation vapor barrier we see? Looks to me like it's facing the wrong direction (i.e vapor barrier should be on the "conditioned" side). Could this have cause a "situation"??

Whats the little box to the right of the window?