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by csnyder
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: refurbishing cast iron radiators
Replies: 14
Views: 12821

Re: refurbishing cast iron radiators

I asked our heating contractor for a recommendation, as they had just done a similar project at another house. Otherwise, your best bet is to call around. If you're not sure if they'd be competent, ask them what temperature they'll bake the radiators at when they're powder coated - anything much abo...
by csnyder
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Kitchen lighting ideas? Source for similar light fixtures?
Replies: 6
Views: 1708

Re: Kitchen lighting ideas? Source for similar light fixtures?

try ebay.com +1 I found (actually, an OHW member found it for me) an identical match for an early-mid-20th century Lightolier fixture in our kitchen. Some sellers offer fixtures that are in need of repair (the one I bought needs rewiring, as does our existing one), but many offer fixtures that have...
by csnyder
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: refurbishing cast iron radiators
Replies: 14
Views: 12821

Re: refurbishing cast iron radiators

The radiators are finally back from the shop. Two Men and a Truck ended up being Four Men and Two Trucks to move them back into the house. Here's a sample of how they turned out: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7134/7774812586_80a2d416c1.jpg They look like they're brand new, and the finish should last...
by csnyder
Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them
Replies: 59
Views: 12936

Re: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them

I'm also not sure how granite isn't durable enough versus quartz earlier in this thread? There's a lot of marketing competition that influences the buyers. Like most things online, you'll find people and companies exaggerating the greatness of their product and the poor quality of the competition. ...
by csnyder
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Old house sympathetic Insurance Companies?
Replies: 17
Views: 17774

Re: Old house sympathetic Insurance Companies?

You might want to try talking to an old-fashioned insurance agent who can write policies with multiple companies. We've been very pleased with this arrangement (currently have homeowners, auto, life, health, and liability with them), and they're able to get us the best deal (among the companies they...
by csnyder
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Insurance Company Forcing Painting
Replies: 17
Views: 11919

Re: Insurance Company Forcing Painting

My brother and his wife had to paint their house a couple of years ago because their insurance company demanded it. The house was definitely in need of paint, but I also fail to see how it impacts the house from the insurer's perspective (wouldn't rotting wood not be covered by the policy anyways?)....
by csnyder
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: 1910 house, the work begins
Replies: 40
Views: 18983

Re: 1910 house, the work begins

Ugh - sorry to hear about the insurance issue. I've heard that some parts of the country are worse than others with this - thankfully, here in Michigan, I haven't had to deal with that. From the way our electricians were complaining (good-naturedly) while they were working, I gather that they prefer...
by csnyder
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Painting aluminum siding?
Replies: 8
Views: 2533

Re: Painting aluminum siding?

We just got our old house (1948 GI Bill home) painted in preparation for listing for sale. The painter power washed the siding first, then sprayed the new paint (Behr Ultra from Home Depot - his choice, not mine). It looks very good, but it's only been on about a month, so I can't give any long-term...
by csnyder
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them
Replies: 59
Views: 12936

Re: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them

We are going with quartz - Hanstone Odyssey, to be precise. No particular reason for Hanstone over any of the other manufacturers, other than that they had the particular finish we wanted; they were a bit cheaper than Cambria, which we also got a quote for. We had narrowed it down to quartz or grani...
by csnyder
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them
Replies: 59
Views: 12936

Re: NPR article: Designer Kitchens and Why We Think We Need Them

I would agree that kitchen renovations don't have to be authentic to the period of the home. If that is what you enjoy and it works for you, that's fine. The original postings were concerning the need to spend fortunes on kitchen renovation, the feeling that one must have granite, stainless, etc. T...