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by sooth
Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painting door hardware, or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 12383

Re: Painting door hardware, or not?

Mr. Henry: I'm not sure if you have any need of another large antique lock, but I just ran across this one on eBay, which looks very similar to yours (photos aren't the best) and it's only 10$ with 2 days left to go. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/DOOR-KNOBS-BACK-PLATE-LOCK-PIECE-/221163381196?pt=Architectu...
by sooth
Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painting door hardware, or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 12383

Re: Painting door hardware, or not?

I actually have no real use for it in my house. It's much too old, but it was just such a wonderful piece of hardware that I thought I'd restore it. I may end up using it on a cabinet, but I'm not sure yet.
by sooth
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painting door hardware, or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 12383

Re: Painting door hardware, or not?

1880: Nope. The spray paint (especially a matte one) dries in minutes. I buffed the parts as soon as they were dry (about 10 minutes). I buffed them by hand with light pressure, using a cotton rag (ie: old white sock).
by sooth
Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: House numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 8912

Re: House numbers

No idea. I'm more inclined to believe that these were easily available at hardware stores at the time, but the street signs on the buildings were probably issued by the city. Those are only seen in the older parts of town.
by sooth
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Stripping a door
Replies: 11
Views: 9860

Re: Stripping a door

Farmerjohn: That seems like a fairly decent price, but for someone like me, I'd much rather save the money and do them myself. A whole container of stripper is only about 30$, and it will do more than 4 doors.
by sooth
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: The Picture Forum
Topic: Building Restorations I Do (Lots of Pics)
Replies: 22
Views: 30505

Re: Building Restorations I Do (Lots of Pics)

Wow, what amazing and inspiring stuff! Seeing this kind of work just brings a huge smile to my face. I may steal the garage door idea/layout/pattern for my place. The t-g panels would match my porch beautifully. This is the ugly door/disaster I have currently (ignore the old screen door - this was t...
by sooth
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: House numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 8912

Re: House numbers

Most of the original house numbers in my city were done on enamelled steel plaques with an indigo background and white numbers. Here are some examples (since I have a whole album full of these): https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qYTv3qJSP1c/T68CqltO9FI/AAAAAAAAAos/1R4InANIraI/s800/142%2520First.jpg...
by sooth
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Transom Window Glazing Putty
Replies: 4
Views: 4442

Re: Transom Window Glazing Putty

I would suggest staining and shellacking your frame, and THEN matching the glazing with a paint colour that is as close as possible to the finished wood colour.
by sooth
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painting door hardware, or not?
Replies: 14
Views: 12383

Re: Painting door hardware, or not?

I've had very good luck restoring old door hardware to a "cast iron" look using flat black spray paint (the cheapest one you can get from Wal-Mart for 2.50$/can), and then buffing the paint with soft cotton. These are some lock sets that I refinished this way: Here's a before and after: https://lh4....
by sooth
Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance
Replies: 17
Views: 14459

Re: Doorway Trim - Not enough clearance

Sorry to hear about your problems. Usually the installer would be responsible to fix this kind of mistake (otherwise the client won't pay). This is usually the case, here, though we usually do anything possible to please our clients. The only other option I can see would be to chop-down the drawer f...