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by dfiler
Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Box gutter repair in the winter?
Replies: 17
Views: 13746

Re: Box gutter repair in the winter?

Sorry, I can't recall their name. My gutters were nicely sanded and painted but they still suffer from being way too shallow and not properly sloped. For now I'll live with water flowing over their sides during heavy rain.
by dfiler
Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Entry Lock Dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 2646

Re: Entry Lock Dilemma

The outer lockset is staying. It is original, in perfect condition and I wouldn't dream of replacing it. There isn't much point in locking two sets of doors anyway. If anyone wants to break in, they'll just break a window or kick in a door. The goal is to get functional knobs on all three doors (inn...
by dfiler
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Entry Lock Dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 2646

Re: Entry Lock Dilemma

And here is the inner front door. I'd like to save the original finish on the outer side but it may be too far gone.

Note that the knobs, lock and backplate are not original on this door.
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by dfiler
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Entry Lock Dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 2646

Re: Entry Lock Dilemma

Thanks for the advice. I'm still pondering and educating myself on the topic. For my interior doors, i crock-potted years of paint off and found beautiful circa 1890 tiger striped copper russel and erwin. Missing doors were replaced with exact matches for the original 5 panel doors (found at a local...
by dfiler
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Entry Lock Dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 2646

Entry Lock Dilemma

Despite not having posted much in the last two years, i'm still chugging away, slowly restoring an old Pittsburgh home. My newest project is replacing the exterior door hardware. It isn't original, was barely functional, and most recently a key broke off in the rim lock. The mortise lock isn't used ...
by dfiler
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Back to Stripping Paint
Replies: 37
Views: 18350

Re: Back to Stripping Paint

Covering the stripper with plastic, or various types of paper, cuts down on the evaporation rate. Peel-Away sells a special product specifically for this, but it is expensive. Regular plastic wrap out of my kitchen has worked well for me in the past. Shading the area from sunlight helped as well.
by dfiler
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Pics of Tile!
Replies: 20
Views: 3029

Re: Pics of Tile!

6'4" and bathing!? What's his secret?

I'm only 6' and still find bathing in a normal tub to be a cruel form of human origami torture. :lol:
by dfiler
Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Need help rewiring vintage chandelier
Replies: 10
Views: 5951

Re: Need help rewiring vintage chandelier

Hemostats or forceps would be perfect for this. 213586650.jpg If the existing wires cannot be reached to be pulled out, hopefully it is still possible to fish something else through. A straightened metal hanger or a tiny nut on a fishing line might work. Once you get something through, moving that b...
by dfiler
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What qualifies as "living space" for house sq ft?
Replies: 18
Views: 8745

Re: What qualifies as "living space" for house sq ft?

Another thought: As I understand it, you can always sue the government... but only after having exhausted all formal avenues of appeal as defined by that government. In other words, you have to jump through the hoops first; file a correction, then perhaps an appeal, perhaps a grievance (or some such...
by dfiler
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What qualifies as "living space" for house sq ft?
Replies: 18
Views: 8745

Re: What qualifies as "living space" for house sq ft?

Woah, how's that for a coincidence? I recently started a thread with the same but opposite dilemma. I'm trying to have my square footage reduced by excluding the third floor. Keep in mind that there is no national governmental standard. Or at least I've never heard of one. "Realtors" is a trademarke...