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by macwnj
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Toilet on Elevated Platform
Replies: 1
Views: 1169

Re: Toilet on Elevated Platform

Most likely the toilet is elevated to accommodate some kind of pipe-work between the raised floor and the original floor. I think the only way you would find out is to take it apart. Just be prepared to rebuild the platform in case you can't (or don't want to) deal with a possible "can of worms" tha...
by macwnj
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What style house is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 9963

Re: What style house is this?

Judging from the architectural lines, a craftsman bungalow. Gotta wonder what detail, if any, is behind the vinyl siding and closed in porch.
by macwnj
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Living in old house
Replies: 7
Views: 18146

Re: Living in old house

You didn't say how old or what is the style of the house, or state the nature of your proposed renovations. Whatever you do, proceed slowly. It is best to live in a place for some time (more than a year or two) before one begins making changes, unless the work is immediately necessary for structural...
by macwnj
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Standards for kitchen cabinets
Replies: 1
Views: 9931

Re: Standards for kitchen cabinets

My parents modernized the kitchen of their 1868 Victorian in 1954. That was before mass-produced cabinets were common, and a local carpenter did the work. They are made of plywood and solid wood, and have held up perfectly. They were always painted, and have been repainted at least once, maybe twice...
by macwnj
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Age perspective
Replies: 0
Views: 6105

Age perspective

A visitor to my 1951-built home recently commented on how warm and comfortable my "old house" was. I had never thought of it as "old" because most of the houses I've lived in were built around 1900 or earlier. It dawned on me at that moment that all time is relative. I grew up in an Victorian built ...
by macwnj
Thu May 11, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: refinish exterior door
Replies: 3
Views: 7924

refinish exterior door

house front.jpg front door.jpg The front door of my 1951 cape is varnished wood, with a fan window in the top panel. The varnish is "alligatored," and has turned almost black near the latch edge and in the lower panels. I went at it with some steel wool, and smoothed out most of the roughness, but ...
by macwnj
Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: pad stuck to the floor
Replies: 2
Views: 5112

Re: pad stuck to the floor

I've been using an old rubber-soled shoe, rubbing it over the mess like an eraser. Actually works pretty well. Still need to use a scraper for the stubborn bits and cracks between boards.
by macwnj
Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: pad stuck to the floor
Replies: 2
Views: 5112

pad stuck to the floor

When I took up the old carpet in the attic of my 1951 cape, I found that it was the type with the padding attached to the carpeting...popular notion that I remember from the 1960's. The outermost layer of the padding is stuck to the wood floor. The wood is varnished pine in very good condition, and ...
by macwnj
Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: color clash
Replies: 4
Views: 5226

Re: color clash

I chose a shade of terra-cotta from the tile, held my breath and painted it on. Very successful...makes the blue really pop out. Still more work to do....second coat of paint for one, along with ceiling repairs and shelf installation, but I needed to go ahead and test the color. Thanks for your advi...
by macwnj
Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: I need, I need...to see pics of your home's exterior!
Replies: 780
Views: 635122

Re: I need, I need...to see pics of your home's exterior!

Here's a picture of my old row house in Phillipsburg, built around 1900. Sadly, I had to leave it because the neighborhood had deteriorated so badly. The slumlords have taken over...no appreciation for the architectural and historical value, just how much $$ can be squeezed out of these old buildings.