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by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old duct work in house heated by hot water boiler? Huh?
Replies: 19
Views: 12442

Re: Old duct work in house heated by hot water boiler? Huh?

Remember, forced air heating is not better, it's just a lot cheaper and integrates easily with central AC. And that's only true in the US for the simple reason that hot-water heat is highly uncommon today. Boilers and radiators aren't inherently expensive, prices mostly depend on economics of scale...
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Wallcovering identification
Replies: 5
Views: 5777

Re: Wallcovering identification

I'd say it's probably anaglypta, not lincrusta. Lincrusta is actual (thin) linoleum, whereas anaglypta is cotton and wood pulp.
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Would like to find more information.
Replies: 8
Views: 5186

Re: Would like to find more information.

Built like a brick sh*thouse I'd say :D
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Fire+Water=Big Mess
Replies: 9
Views: 4298

Re: Fire+Water=Big Mess

Time is the biggest issue for me, at least right now. It seems like all we can do is wait. I can't really see them start anytime before February.
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Plumbing
Replies: 19
Views: 9367

Re: Plumbing

Actually I think PEX is just the material itself, cross-linked polyethylene. I didn't realise that the different manufacturers use compatible pipe. At least that means if one manufacturer goes out of business, you can use different fittings,
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Fire+Water=Big Mess
Replies: 9
Views: 4298

Re: Fire+Water=Big Mess

One retired member of a volunteer FD told me: "Well, we used to call ourselves "Flood on wheels" back when I was active!". Currently, we have two dehumidifiers running in each damaged room and contractors are coming in for estimates. And yes, the insurance company would prefer us to use their restor...
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Plumbing
Replies: 19
Views: 9367

Re: Plumbing

Copper doesn't always work either. Acidic water + copper = recipe for a toxic and ugly disaster. It isn't likely to kill you, but it's dangerous nonetheless, and you get deep green runs all over your fixtures. As far as my knowledge of chemistry goes, that's only an issue in areas with soft water. W...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Fire+Water=Big Mess
Replies: 9
Views: 4298

Fire+Water=Big Mess

On Dec. 21st, one of the apartments in our finished attic (housing my uncle's office) caught fire. The FD spent three hours fighting the flames, pumping 10000 l of water (about 2500 gallons) up there. When I came home from a nice relaxing day at the spa, water was already dripping through my bedroom...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Back for more!
Replies: 46
Views: 26311

Re: Back for more!

If you think it looks bad now you should have seen it a few days ago. Reminds me of our hallway :D The apartment where I'm staying right now is usually my parents' office (never sees any visitors or clients), guest bedroom and our family workshop. This means that the place quickly attracts all sort...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Question about old floorboards
Replies: 11
Views: 9458

Re: Question about old floorboards

Actually wooden floors without a subfloor were fairly common for a long time! I'd say there are two potential issues. First of all you need to find a way to prevent cold air from blowing up through the gaps and if you refinish the old floors, you mustn't sand off too much or you'll weaken the floor'...