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by Starr-Point
Wed May 03, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Utility costs
Replies: 53
Views: 14536

An excellent point. I've heard more than once from people using coal stoves in their basements as whole-house heat that they could not get the burn level right until they opened a window a few inches, i.e. the house was too tight for the stove to get enough oxygen.
by Starr-Point
Wed May 03, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: The ethics of stealing
Replies: 27
Views: 7880

Everyone here is right - the end does not justify the means. Don et.al. are right - just ask the guy nicely and keep doing so over the next two years. Show up with a 12-pack or a bottle of Maker's Mark on the holidays. It took me three years to talk a local farmer into letting me hunt woodcock on hi...
by Starr-Point
Wed May 03, 2006 1:00 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: How to shim a pedestal sink
Replies: 5
Views: 2363

My realtor is also a friend and fellow old house enthusiast. This weekend we ran into something quite similar while working on one of his baths. We removed the sink and he built a little "base" out of some mortar mix. I left him at that point, but he then faced the base with tiny pieces of cut tile ...
by Starr-Point
Wed May 03, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Proper way to drywall a basement
Replies: 33
Views: 46847

I can't speak for Colorado, but in Maryland basements do not get assessed in your property values, nor do attics, finished or not. In contacting your building department, I would not be concerned with taxes as much as getting the job done right. In other words, good for you. Let us know how things t...
by Starr-Point
Wed May 03, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Moving insurance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

I have to admit we used a local company once and a national before that. They were essentially the same in terms of care and professionalism. The national guys beat up on a few things, so next move we hired a local mover with a bunch of references. They were the same, maybe a bit worse. The one thin...
by Starr-Point
Tue May 02, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Proper way to drywall a basement
Replies: 33
Views: 46847

Here's how we did ours in the last house: nailed in 2x4s, ran the electrical service, added fibreglass insulation w/vapor barrier, put drywall up, had it taped & finished. That was based on the recommendation of the builder who built our house to begin with; he turned out to be a very reliable guy. ...
by Starr-Point
Mon May 01, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Proper way to drywall a basement
Replies: 33
Views: 46847

What about insulation?
by Starr-Point
Mon May 01, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Anybody else here secretly desire to be Amish?
Replies: 30
Views: 8173

Vicki, I didn't say we'd given up on electricity - we just try to use less of it. No power tools? Let's not get carried away!

johnb - I'll see you in prayer meeting Wednesday night.
by Starr-Point
Mon May 01, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Typical Contractor Fees for old-house work
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

There is no way to tell if that is high without knowing exactly what the fee includes. If that's the gross margin, sure it's high. But if that's the fee including contingencies, etc. it's probably ok. Isn't his "fee" part of the job? In my experience only construction managers charge a fee. But that...
by Starr-Point
Mon May 01, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Farmhouse Design help
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Without any pictures as to the style of the home, it could be anything.

But farmhouses were quite commonly center hall colonials, which fits your description. Then again, so might a dozen others, since "colonial" is a pretty broad term!