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by HB
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Covering up cracks in internal walls
Replies: 4
Views: 6270

Re: Covering up cracks in internal walls

I drill holes in the plaster where its loose and inject Loctite adhesive caulk into the holes and then screw the plaster back to the wall and lathe with deck screws in a fender washer. After 24 hours i remove the washer and the screw And the glue holds a plaster tight to the wall. Once I’ve glued an...
by HB
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Insulating an historic house's attic
Replies: 2
Views: 5839

Re: Insulating an historic house's attic

I will also vote against use of spray foam. In addition I would remind you that you are adding a lot of weight to the roof members with the Sheetrock and scabbed boards. Finally, are you planning to eliminate the insulation between the climate controlled space and the attic? My attic is similar to y...
by HB
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: lime putty mortar/beehive oven/flue parging
Replies: 3
Views: 6638

Re: lime putty mortar/beehive oven/flue parging

Hi killian. It may be hard to ensure that there are no cracks in the mortar of the chimney. Most times they install a stainless steel flue in an existing chimney to prevent the byproducts of combustion from getting into the house. Once the flue is suspended in place they blow packing in around it. S...
by HB
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: nine over six windows
Replies: 1
Views: 5304

Re: nine over six windows

I have those in my 1791 Berks county house. The sashes don't have a parting bead. The lower rail of the top sash and the upper rail of the lower sash are slanted to meet each other as a wedge. The upper sash is fixed and does not move AKA single hung Windows. The sashes are original as far as I can ...
by HB
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Removal of Ceiling Beams
Replies: 3
Views: 6723

Re: Removal of Ceiling Beams

Derar Grad - it depends on the construction of the house. It sounds as if your friend wants to remove the the joists that supported the attic floor so that he can see all the way up to the underside of the roof for the cathedral ceiling effect. You do not have to be an expert in old home constructio...
by HB
Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: 1791 colonial stone wall foundation...
Replies: 3
Views: 4621

Re: 1791 colonial stone wall foundation...

HI - I have a 1791 Stone colonial too! So much to address in your post, so here we go: Insulation - I would stay away from insulating the walls of the basement, especially if they allow water to flow through. If the water can't get through the basement walls and then drain away, it will wick up thro...
by HB
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Insulation questions- moisture, no soffit vents, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 4131

Re: Insulation questions- moisture, no soffit vents, etc.

Hi Lucy - I think you will be fine in putting the blown in stuf in those cavities where you can't get the floor up. The blue board and gypsum plaster is not really moisture penetrable, so it's a fairly formidable barrier to moisture getting into your insulation. the only issues that I can see would ...
by HB
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Electrical wiring question??
Replies: 5
Views: 2928

Re: Electrical wiring question??

You could trim the original wire back to a better location for a junction box.
I've done that and jut covered the box with a blank plate painted the same color as the wall. You will be the only one that ever sees it. Most others aren't as observant as we give them credit for.
Good luck.

Hb
by HB
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Source of Sand for Lime Mortar
Replies: 4
Views: 3607

Re: Source of Sand for Lime Mortar

Type N is NOT SUITABLE. It's not the rigidity and strength of the concrete mortars that is so terrible, it's the fact that they have NO moisture permeability. Pure lime mortar acts as a wick to remove moisture form a building. In the case of a Bbrick building, if you use portland cement based mortar...
by HB
Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Do you think this idea will work
Replies: 15
Views: 5305

Re: Do you think this idea will work

If you go ahead with Casey's recommendation (a good one, by the way) just be careful to gauge the alignment of the grove to accept the spline from the rear of each board since they're probably not all the same thickness. If you measure from the front on some and the rear on others, you'll find that ...