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by poplancaster
Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Bat Urine Odor Remover
Replies: 12
Views: 14589

Re: Bat Urine Odor Remover

Thanks for the thoughts. Clean up was completed over the weekend but clorox and cleaners don't really get rid of the odors. I left the area open to dry and air out. They made themselve little rooms in the insulation where they could spread out. Other places they ganged up, leaving massive piles of f...
by poplancaster
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Bat Urine Odor Remover
Replies: 12
Views: 14589

Bat Urine Odor Remover

Looking for a rifle shot! I spent last weekend removing insulation, bats and guano from the underside of our cottage. I need to spray with some type of enzyme odor remover before putting everything back next weekend. Any experience with a product for this?
Thanks
Joe
by poplancaster
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Oil Rubbed Bronze Cleaner
Replies: 13
Views: 25619

Re: Oil Rubbed Bronze Cleaner

Be careful in cleaning "oil rubbed bronze". It is a "live" finish and more like a paint than a metal finish on most fixtures. I don't think I would use normal metal polishes on it since it is more of a flat finish and is not very thick. We just rinse ours of and dry them when they get water spots. S...
by poplancaster
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Gable Attic Fans
Replies: 1
Views: 610

I installed two in our farm attic. I think they work much better than gravity vents. We have six gables and I probably should look installing another fan. Ours only run on hot days usually from about 2 till about 6 pm. You can set the thermostat above 90 degrees to reduce the run time. The gable ven...
by poplancaster
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Victorian problem room in Cisco Texas
Replies: 5
Views: 1752

Iccol, You didn't say what type of support the floor had, I assume it's on sills. It would probably be a lot easier to put the roon on piers before proceeding with any other type of foundation. I would suggest pouring a foundation first for piers and using brick or concrete block to support the room...
by poplancaster
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Termites!
Replies: 25
Views: 5384

Barbara, Get the house treated with Termadore as someone else mentionsed. Use a company that can offer a structure "bond". Don't fall for the little baited green cans in the ground crap. That system is only about 15% effective. Be sure to have someone check the floor joist and attic framing before y...
by poplancaster
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Oh man, I just returned from McMansion hell...
Replies: 72
Views: 12968

The housing market will correct itself, give it time. The reason the McMansions are so poorly designed is the lack of experience on the buyers part. I paid $23K for my first house after getting out of college, the payment was about $120/mo. Todays two income first time buyers are spending 20 times t...
by poplancaster
Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Smelly Basement
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Make sure to check any floor drains for connection to the sewer. If you have floor drains tied to the sewer, you will need to pour a littlle water down them once in a while to fill the p-traps. Also you mentioned removing an apartment. Check all plumbing connedtions for sewer gas leaks. It only take...
by poplancaster
Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: SW Wa 1892 Insulation concerns/questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2781

sgthomas, It's likely that your house is balloon framed and angled bracing was framed into the walls for strength. You can check that out by looking in the crawl space for a sills and studs which go down to the bottom of the floor joist. (Google balloon framing) One of the big problems with these ol...
by poplancaster
Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Clawfoot Tub asking price?
Replies: 5
Views: 969

What micro said, $75-150 is probably a good price for a tub that needs work. Any more and someone can get one from the refinisher without having to haul a 300lb boat anchor around and wreck their backs. Revinishers usually charge about $400 premium for a revinished tub over the cost of the refinishi...