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by Patrick
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Who else is working on a major fixer upper?
Replies: 27
Views: 6367

We're in our seventh year of rehabbing our 1881 Italianate....which had been covered in ashpalt siding and stuccoed/remuddled...We are still NOT settled in our rooms (almost)...thus the name our blog. http://campingwithamortgage.blogspot.com/ We started with the foundation, roof, plumbing, gas, etc....
by Patrick
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Clogging Waste Lines
Replies: 17
Views: 2058

Well--Doesn't that give new meaning to the term "Squirrel Poop?" :D

Besides the dead squirrel, it is important that waste drains are properly vented--otherwise it's kinda like drinking out of a clogged straw...ahem, bad metaphor, but you get the idea.
by Patrick
Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: sealing small tiles (octagon & dot)
Replies: 18
Views: 4515

First--your floor looks great!

With the sealers I've used in the past, you apply it over everything and wipe (and wipe and wipe) off the haze off the tile...but check labels...

It's always a good idea to seal--just provides more protection for your hardwork (and keeps it clean)
by Patrick
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Attic insulation
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

You may want to consider closed cell polyurethane foam...it can be applied directly to the roof deck...comes in at about R7 per inch so it wouldn't need a whole lot of space.

You'd need to check with a reputable installer and make sure it's done right...Not cheap, but it works real well.
by Patrick
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Tankless Hot Water
Replies: 26
Views: 3089

Believe me, I'm all for saving energy whenever possible. However, the first thing I'd ask you is where in the US you live, because that can have a dramatic effect on how useful a tankless water heater is. Yes, where you live has to be taken into consideration when sizing a unit. But as I mentioned ...
by Patrick
Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Tankless Hot Water
Replies: 26
Views: 3089

We installed a tankless...and I'll never go back to a tank again. We installed a Noritz (Japanese) 8.4 GPM. Love it. Endless hot water. No pilot light. No tank to rust. Bullet proof construction. MUCH lower gas bills. All the things that people complain about tankless either exist with tanks or can ...
by Patrick
Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old Wooden Staircase
Replies: 13
Views: 5386

Derek-- You can catch my blog at: http://campingwithamortgage.blogspot.com/ The other's have given you some pretty good advice...Do the stairs toward the end of your project--otherwise you may be really messing them up as you rehab your home...Top to bottom is generally a good rule. Best of luck wit...
by Patrick
Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Old Wooden Staircase
Replies: 13
Views: 5386

Well, well, well....Doesn't that look familiar? Here's my before: http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e110/patrick2870/P6020300.jpg And here's the (almost) afters: http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e110/patrick2870/IMG_0553.jpg http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e110/patrick2870/IMG_0586.jpg Our railin...
by Patrick
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: New Windows
Replies: 3
Views: 909

We replaced our lovely 1970's single pane aluminum windows with Marvin Ultimate Double Hung wood windows....all 47 of them. Regarding the price...let's just say that the home I grew up in in a Southern California beach town cost LESS than our windows! (That's just the windows--no trim or installatio...
by Patrick
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Seeking advice (and encouragement!)
Replies: 11
Views: 2033

Since my project was a total rehabilitation job, I'll give you the order that I have done things...You can take it for what its worth.... 1. We "lifted the house" and installed the foundation. This took care of the most basic need--a good, well, foundation. 2. Next we did the roof--getting the house...