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by Daniel Meyer
Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Advice on door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 12561

Re: Advice on door locks?

I wanted to chime in as to the (perceived) security of old and new locks.... No lock will keep a determined criminal out. Old Locks - These locks are usually pretty simple in design so they can be opened with other keys if you have a bucket of old skeleton keys laying around. When was the last time...
by Daniel Meyer
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: A Letter From Code Enforcement about my house UPDATE
Replies: 45
Views: 23661

Re: A Letter From Code Enforcement about my house UPDATE

This is why we lose so many of these beautiful old houses.

"Fix it in 90 days or we fine you."

"Can't fix it in 90 days, but can tear it down in three..."
by Daniel Meyer
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: You know you're an old house owner if ...
Replies: 664
Views: 439343

Re: You know you're an old house owner if ...

On my Christmas list:

Contractors trash bags.

Third year in a row!
by Daniel Meyer
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Advice on door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 12561

Re: Advice on door locks?

Daniel Meyer wrote:I just added a modern deadbolt. They are available in finishes (rubbed bronze) that can match what you have and even shapes that can be unobtrusive with what you already have.
I should clarify..."rubbed bronze" was a finish that worked with MY old hardware...there are others! LOL!
by Daniel Meyer
Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Why is the paint flaking like this?
Replies: 13
Views: 6981

Re: Why is the paint flaking like this?

Don't assume there's lead, test it. Kits are available for 7-12 bucks from your local hardware store. Lead paint was heavily used in government buildings/etc but it really was expensive and a premium paint of the time. Our house for instance, has two places (glossy trim) with lead, no other areas ha...
by Daniel Meyer
Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Advice on door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 12561

Re: Advice on door locks?

I just added a modern deadbolt. They are available in finishes (rubbed bronze) that can match what you have and even shapes that can be unobtrusive with what you already have.
by Daniel Meyer
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: stupid article on our own site!
Replies: 14
Views: 10017

Re: stupid article on our own site!

I would be willing to bet that if you were home shopping and saw a vintage home that has been maintained at a high level vs a new home for the same price, you would probably purchase the vintage home. Me? Heck yeah! But I love the old homes, and have the skills to keep 'em up. If you have an expens...
by Daniel Meyer
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: stupid article on our own site!
Replies: 14
Views: 10017

Re: stupid article on our own site!

No Daniel, that's not where I'm coming from. What I'm referring to is people who are purchasing homes and without a second thought, completely gutting them, interior and exterior and rebuilding them with big box store garbage. Also doing room additions that are completely out of character to the or...
by Daniel Meyer
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: stupid article on our own site!
Replies: 14
Views: 10017

Re: stupid article on our own site!

Legal right yes, moral right, I would have to say no. Seriously? How so? If there's a moral obligation to "preserve" the house, then that means it must be altered to suit at least some of the demands of current living. Otherwise it will sit there vacant till if falls down. I can show countless exam...