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by beachbons
Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:06 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Does Your House Have a Name?
Replies: 44
Views: 11695

My great grandfather's home, which I bought from his spinster daughter's estate last year has been referred to in our family as "The Big Brick" All of the outside walls are five bricks thick. No wood framing.
by beachbons
Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Help! Need to cover porch columns
Replies: 5
Views: 4875

Don't go with the vinyl for several reasons. 1) Yeah, it IS ugly. 2) When you cover the existing columns, you may "encapsulate" any moisture problems and, thus, will promote further rot. 3) If the columns were not tapered, the job MIGHT be easy, but, since you mentioned that they are tapered, then i...
by beachbons
Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: HGTV's Los Angeles Search
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

I wish they'd come to Little Rock.
I read a book years ago "If Walls Could Talk", I think that's the title. Anyway, it was about a man who researched the old home he lived in, located in Little Rock. Does anyone remember the book and author??

Greg
by beachbons
Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:57 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: What did you find in your house? (Part Deux)
Replies: 1
Views: 1399

We had an 1883 home whose back porch area was enclosed years before we bought the house. Time took its toll on this enclosure so we decided to tear it down shortly after we moved in as it was not original and had no real foundation. Inside one of the walls that we opened up was a full set of keys ha...
by beachbons
Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:17 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: newbie gonna buy his first old home
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

The current problem with Pensacola is the roller coaster ride we've been on with home values and contractors. Shortly after Hurricane Ivan I had an unsolicited offer of $425.000 for my $275.000 home. Trouble was, where else was I going to go?? Contractors were very hard to find right after Ivan unti...
by beachbons
Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:24 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: newbie gonna buy his first old home
Replies: 12
Views: 1568

Hey Naveypilot, Welcome to P'cola!! I, too, live here although my old house is in Ohio. When we first moved here in 2001 our real estate agent wouldn't even consider showing us any of the old house stock in the city. Oh well ,we weren't ready for an old house adventure at the time. Since then we've ...
by beachbons
Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:51 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: 1890 house, POcket doors needing adjusting
Replies: 8
Views: 2671

Give this a try. This is just one of many discussions regarding pocket doors.

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/viewto ... cket+doors
by beachbons
Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Any other ways to find out a house's age?
Replies: 10
Views: 1951

For an old house that I owned years ago, we went to the library and culled city directories from the time period when we thought the house was built. We went back to the date. 1883, when no one was listed at the address as a resident We then went forward to the date when the property was occupied. H...
by beachbons
Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What to do with this old hardwood floor
Replies: 3
Views: 1800

Do a search of all forums and you'll find your answer. When I first came to this site I spent hours just reading previous posts, lots of good info. Regarding your question check out http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/viewto ... =soft+wood
by beachbons
Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:03 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Driveway ideas on the cheap
Replies: 23
Views: 19411

Reminds me of an old house, ca 1883, that I owned years ago. It had a gravel driveway, gravel front sidewalk, gravel back sidewalk, and a gravel parking area in the backyard; the house was once a duplex. One day the city started road work in front of our house and we discovered later that night that...