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by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: installing original subway 2x4.....NEW QUESTION
Replies: 6
Views: 6323

Re: installing original subway 2x4.....

1/16" is too much! 1/32 sounds about right. I've taken vintage tiled walls apart and I had trouble sliding a scraper blade in between two tiles, the grout lines are that tight! The original grout was probably cement with sand, i.e. a medium grey when it was new but much darker on existing walls. Loo...
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Our ca. 1880 house
Replies: 272
Views: 128367

Re: Our ca. 1880 house

There might be another source for the humidity. Apparently some of the old smoke and soot deposits can be hygroscopic and pull water out of the air. If this causes the soot to bleed through the brick and plaster you get nasty yellow/brown stains. Actually I'm surprised the PO didn't try to cover the...
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????
Replies: 41
Views: 27344

Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

In the 1787 section of the house, in the 2nd floor master bedroom, a small 2' by 4" patch board was loose and dropped slightly. I pulled it up a couple days ago and while there was no cash stash, there was about 4" of dirt including small rocks, brick bits, etc. as far as I could see looking in the...
by Texas_Ranger
Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: General Info on High Tank Toilet
Replies: 10
Views: 8069

Re: General Info on High Tank Toilet

That plastic fish tank float is just all sorts of awesome. I'm betting the plumber was Italian. They are the most resourceful guys I ever saw. The caption was in German, so it might have been a German. I guess maybe there were controled substances involved ;) I'd translate it as the "providing-wate...
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Reason for Mystery Disconnect in Basement
Replies: 6
Views: 3670

Re: Reason for Mystery Disconnect in Basement

That's hard to believe that the old outlet for the compressor is still there. 30A was a lot of current back then!
Indeed! That was a service for some people back then. And 120 V, not 120/240 V 3 wire.
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: General Info on High Tank Toilet
Replies: 10
Views: 8069

Re: General Info on High Tank Toilet

We agree with triguy - that water level is at least 1.5" too high. It should not be all the way up to the tank mounting bolts on the wall. Bend the float rod with some pliers to where the float sits lower in the water. If you look closely, you can actually see a second lower water line in the tank....
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Stripping a door
Replies: 11
Views: 9882

Re: Stripping a door

According to what I've read, dip stripping can make the entire door fall apart. I definitely wouldn't do it!

You can always do the frames/trim in one go and take your time on the doors, taking them out of the house to strip them.
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Beat this horror story
Replies: 3
Views: 2519

Re: Beat this horror story

*omfg* Now you know why we sometimes have stereotypes against Russians and Polish in Central Europe! 2 streets from here we have a different issue with rich Russians. Roughly 5 years ago, they bought a slightly remuddled but still stately 19th century villa that previously belonged to the University...
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Faux quartersawn oak?
Replies: 11
Views: 8748

Re: Faux quartersawn oak?

Indeed, that's spectacular!
by Texas_Ranger
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Faux quartersawn oak?
Replies: 11
Views: 8748

Re: Faux quartersawn oak?

If done by a good artisan, it IS a work of art! I really have to take a picture of our front door, it's a miracle! If it weren't for the beige base coat and larch grain showing through in a few worn spots, everyone would believe it to be true quarter-sawn oak! The worst graining job I've ever seen w...