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by Texas_Ranger
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!
Replies: 21
Views: 12723

Re: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!

Schag wrote:
If the leak was on the utility side of the meter, how could the meter have registered the extra flow?!?
It was on the pigtail pipe just past the meter that connects to my line.
Ah, that makes a lot of sense!
by Texas_Ranger
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!
Replies: 21
Views: 12723

Re: Big water leak...a complete freaking mystery!

I guess i should have come back to this and told about the solution. I found a wet spot by the water meter and dug some. Turns out that the water was flowing down and under the street keeping me from noticing it in the first place. I found a small hole in the pipe and called the water company. They...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Second-guessing skim-coating
Replies: 12
Views: 20498

Re: Second-guessing skim-coating

I'd definitely recommend a flat finish and advie against oil, acrylic or latex paint on plaster! Period appropriate paints are milk paint, distemper (also known by the brand name Kalsomine, sometimes spelled calcimine) which is basically cellulose glue with powdered chalk, mineral paint (rarely used...
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Fire+Water=Big Mess
Replies: 9
Views: 4303

Re: Fire+Water=Big Mess

Right now the dehumidifiers don't seem to catch any more water, but as of this week, they installed a cavity dryer, which blows hot air into the joist bays (through holes drilled into the plaster & lath). Unfortunately the dryer connected is so bodged we had to shut everything down - the main hose h...
by Texas_Ranger
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Second-guessing skim-coating
Replies: 12
Views: 20498

Re: Second-guessing skim-coating

1) In terms of finish quality I don't think there will be much of a difference. However, joint compound contains a whole bunch of additives that some people consider harmful for old walls. I have to admit I use it, at least in dry locations. 2) You don't need the PVA anyway. Just moisten the old pla...
by Texas_Ranger
Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...
Replies: 13
Views: 8903

Re: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...

You need to downsize the pictures on your computer before you post them. Get a free image editing software such as ACDSee (if you use Windows) and scale the pictures to 800x600 pixels.
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...
Replies: 13
Views: 8903

Re: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...

I guess we can't really give any advice over the internet. Have you had a structural engineer look at the house? That would be the best thing to do in this situation I guess.
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...
Replies: 13
Views: 8903

Re: ~1680 Home with weird stuff...

Without looking at it, I would guess that this is a pretty good place to start http://www.nachi.org/collar-rafter-ties.htm Can you elaborate? Do you think the problem may be coming from above and not below? Could be, but I'd expect the walls to spread at the top in that case, and both the rear and ...
by Texas_Ranger
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old duct work in house heated by hot water boiler? Huh?
Replies: 19
Views: 12457

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

Well, with decent insulation the boilers I mentioned can probably heat up to about 4000 sq. feet on several floors. The smallest size combi boilers put out around 60k BTU/hr, going up to 90k. Above that you get to freestanding boilers that look more like US models (had to look up the conversion on t...
by Texas_Ranger
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old duct work in house heated by hot water boiler? Huh?
Replies: 19
Views: 12457

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

Well, as I said, probably economics of scale. Here you can get a boiler complete with all accessories (expansion tank,...) and even an indirect hot water tank for €3500, which is roughly $4.5k, and that's including installation. Pressed steel rads start at €29.99 for the smallest ones, for €100-200 ...