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by Jack Willard
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Redwood siding in Kentucky ??
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

Re: Redwood siding in Kentucky ??

How about redwood siding in South Carolina? It's the only thing that I can remember about the house my parents bought there when they were stationed in Columbia in the Army. I was only 7 then. The only reason I remember it is because my brother was born there in 1957. Apparently, it must have been r...
by Jack Willard
Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: To restore or leave copper original?
Replies: 13
Views: 9668

Re: To restore or leave copper original?

The easiest thing ever to clean copper, brass and steel is Naval Jelly. It just removes the oxidation, with no work at all, and does not remove any base material. You just brush it on, let it set for ten minutes and then wash it off with water.
by Jack Willard
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Spire Suppliers?
Replies: 24
Views: 6988

Re: Spire Suppliers?

I am now wondering how hard it would be to make my own out of copper or if I could buy some of the individual pieces already made and build my own at a much lower price. Don't even think about it. After having both a finial turret top and a huge chimney built for me, I can tell you that there is a ...
by Jack Willard
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Has anyone done marble hex tile floors?
Replies: 8
Views: 3477

Re: Has anyone done marble hex tile floors?

Use porcelain I'd say. Marble is beautiful...at first...but I would not use it again. Marble is porous and soaks up stains really bad. And getting the stains out is nigh on to impossible. I did our kitchen countertop in black marble. If I were to do it again, I would do it in granite or something el...
by Jack Willard
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: make gingerbread? totally insane?
Replies: 49
Views: 20229

Re: make gingerbread? totally insane?

Awesome. Thank you for all the replies! I'm totally going to tackle this :) One other quick question...so, my house is 2.5 stories tall. what's the easiest/safest way to get up to those gables once I make the gingerbread, and need to install it? scaffold? Our house is also 2.5 storeys tall. At firs...
by Jack Willard
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: make gingerbread? totally insane?
Replies: 49
Views: 20229

Re: make gingerbread? totally insane?

Jack, just in case you don't realize that PeaceDude thing can trigger seizures in those who have that sort of problem, I had a bit of a problem with it when it came up. LOL... :lol: Sorry McCall, when I found that gif, I could not resist. It is sooo me. I had one of those hippie busses (1962 VW van...
by Jack Willard
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Spire Suppliers?
Replies: 24
Views: 6988

Re: Spire Suppliers?

For the reasons just mentioned, plus the fact that we have a number of trees near our house that are much taller than the house, I really just was not concerned about lightning strikes. FYI, I chose to use copper on our house because it will last virtually forever and I really have a problem with do...
by Jack Willard
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: make gingerbread? totally insane?
Replies: 49
Views: 20229

Re: make gingerbread? totally insane?

Gingerbread is work, easier with better tools. Here is a porch railing done with all custom balusters that I made with a bandsaw.

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by Jack Willard
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Ketchup as a brass cleaner-wow!
Replies: 13
Views: 4483

Re: Ketchup as a brass cleaner-wow!

Naval Jelly also works VERY well on many different materials, including copper, to remove oxidation tarnish. Brush on, set for ten minutes, wash off with water. No work. But you cannot eat it like ketchup! LOL
by Jack Willard
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: I Need A Substitute Metal Polish...
Replies: 8
Views: 3084

Re: I Need A Substitute Metal Polish...

Plain old Naval Jelly works fantastic to remove oxidation from steel, brass, copper and maybe others. Brush on, set for ten minutes, and wash off with water. No hard work at all. But, it is not a polish.