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by melissakd
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Historical datav & photos for my old home
Replies: 14
Views: 4345

Re: Historical data & photos for my old home

If you have too many people by the same name, here's a backup source to telephone directories: City directories list everyone (or all adults), not just one person per telephone account, plus each person's address and usually at least one other tidbit such as occupation or "widow of Bill" (and occasi...
by melissakd
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: date this house and what style?
Replies: 11
Views: 3369

Re: date this house and what style?

Hmmm. A real puzzle ! High ceilings, I would guess, predate the 1930s, as bungalow chic changed the majestic old Victorian proportions. The enclosed side porch was fashionable for a time, somewhere between 1910 and 1940, but I forget exactly when. Gutters on the main gable seem to have been taken fr...
by melissakd
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: So that's how long concrete steps last...
Replies: 34
Views: 8523

Re: So that's how long concrete steps last...

Dfiler---Not just anything will grow under maple trees, so I recommend consulting your university's cooperative extension service. There also are books available on low-care plants (ie no maintenance required on a steep sloped yard) and even on plants available in your house's historic era . . . for...
by melissakd
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Hot water boiler versus forced air.....HELP!
Replies: 22
Views: 2833

Re: Hot water boiler versus forced air.....HELP!

Re heating: I've not compared directly in a single dwelling, but I have lived in different places with forced-air heat and with hot-water radiators. I LOVE radiator heat. Lay your bath towel or pajamas and slippers on the radiator in the winter...ahhhhh, cozy warmth. Oddly enough, with a programmabl...
by melissakd
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Poll: Showering in a clawfoot tub
Replies: 33
Views: 10561

Re: Poll: Showering in a clawfoot tub

My husband and I are renting an 1890 duplex split into 4 units. Here's our set-up: clawfoot tub; shower curtain ring made of copper pipe and hung from the ceiling on chains; plastic handheld shower head connected to a plastic hose and fastened to the copper ring with plastic zip ties (the kind the p...
by melissakd
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: linoleum kitchen countertops
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Oh, no. Shoot. I didn't mean to do THAT. (I did report it to TOH if I recall correctly.) It's an article from This Old House website about linoleum. At the end of it, people have used the comment feature to leave tawdry invites. There's an ad for Lowe's across the top and everything. At least that's...
by melissakd
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: linoleum kitchen countertops
Replies: 19
Views: 5015

Hi Nan. I know it's been two months since you posted your question, but we can all always use another vote of confidence. I happened to see an article elsewhere on the Internet which mentioned "____ _____, an architect who has used linoleum on countertops and backsplashes." So lino countertops have ...