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by triguy128
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Wall Construction Revealed
Replies: 11
Views: 7563

Re: Wall Construction Revealed

(It's gorgeous, but I need to run a new thermostat wire from basement to second floor and I'm dreading the day. I see a wireless thermostat in your future. Actually they are comming down on price. You mount a module that gets wired to the furnace control board just like the thermostat wires do now,...
by triguy128
Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Foursquare - Original Fireplace?
Replies: 11
Views: 11075

Re: Foursquare - Original Fireplace?

Steam was still pretty commonin 1905. Moving away from wood firepalces in hte mid 19th century, the first central heating plants were either stoves, gravity furnaces and steam boilers. Hot water requires electric pumps and expensive item at that time. So if hot water it would have been a gravity sys...
by triguy128
Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: That awkward moment...
Replies: 22
Views: 10411

Re: That awkward moment...

Fiberglass? Is it fibercast? That's stuff is expesive and is designed for high concentraction acid and caustic... stuff that will eat through stainless steel and most all metals.

Maybe it fiber reenforced plastic meant for roof drains.
by triguy128
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Help with Condensation on Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 4418

Re: Help with Condensation on Windows

The wavy glass looks the some from the inside with exterior storm windows. Yes it's somewhat obscured from the outside, but that's unnavoidable. Authentic tilt out wooden storms with a single pane of glass will give the least obstructed look, but modenrn 2 ro 3 track aluminum storms are a lot less e...
by triguy128
Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ANSWERED!!Why is this small wedge driven into corner of 2x4?
Replies: 10
Views: 8423

Re: ANSWERED!!Why is this small wedge driven into corner of 2x4?

Old craftsmen actually understood wood expansion and cotnrction very well. IN new home construction, soem consideration is taken, but IMO not nearly as much as should be. Take a new home, measure it for squareness diagonally (it's won;t be very square BTW, unless custom built by a craftsmen). Now me...
by triguy128
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Possible rental purchase. What home style is this??
Replies: 12
Views: 24949

Re: Possible rental purchase. What home style is this??

IF it was in my area, I'd put it jsut a little older. Maybe as early as 1870-1890,but not likely later than 1890. But being more of a "row home" makes it harder to date. I often look at the style of the brick. Older soft brick puts it before 1870. After than, harder massed produced brick was more co...
by triguy128
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What kind of siding is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 4556

Re: What kind of siding is this?

Why does it look like it's supposed to be almost 50% overlapped, but wasn't? Improper installation? I can't tell if there is a matching stepped shape under the bottom. Would it then be a form of shiplap?
by triguy128
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: New Here - Can anyone ID this heater?
Replies: 11
Views: 5622

Re: New Here - Can anyone ID this heater?

That looks scary. Defintely not OEM. IT looks like they took a cast iron stove, then fab'd a galvanized duct around it for convenctive air movement... making their own homeade gravity furnace. IF you even considered using it, you'd need to check for proper draft and also check the plenum for any CO ...
by triguy128
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Storm Window Strategy - Help....
Replies: 30
Views: 13344

Re: Storm Window Strategy - Help....

i'm not sure how one would measure a gap of 1/64"...we use a stiff putty knive (approximately 1/16" thick) to give us an even gap across the bottom of the storm...most aluminum storms offer an adjustment where the storm sits on the sill--this will offer compensation for an out of square opening and...
by triguy128
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Storm Window Strategy - Help....
Replies: 30
Views: 13344

Re: Storm Window Strategy - Help....

1/16" would be a little extreme. 1/64th is plenty IMO. Upstairs window in winter will NOT let out air form outside. on a 2 story home. This has not been my actual experience with my wooden storm windows on my dormer windows . I have found that something between 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch is necessary t...