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by catya
Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Yet another plaster question...
Replies: 12
Views: 5784

Re: Yet another plaster question...

For large holes like the ceiling drywall patches can be used. Cut shape to fit, screw onto lath/joists, then fill in the gaps using bonding agent and plaster similar to Plasterr's EXCELLENT instructions. Last coat would be a skim coat over drywall and everything for a smooth unified appearance. I've...
by catya
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Repairing A Gouged Door
Replies: 19
Views: 4234

Re: Repairing A Gouged Door

Wow ! Im kind of artsy & have done all kinds of fudging with wood fill, including rebuilding and recreating entire sections of a chair and window sash. What I would do - fill in the gouges with wood fill and sand smooth, then using artists oil paints match wood color exactly and paint on faux graini...
by catya
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: How did you (or did you) give up your first old house?
Replies: 14
Views: 2436

Re: How did you (or did you) give up your first old house?

The only previous home I miss was an old 3-flat rental bldg (not subdivided, built in 1905 with apartments on each floor) in a prime historic neighborhood on the very best block - street narrower and treelined on that block. With a mix of fellow tenants that at the time got along amazingly well. I l...
by catya
Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Porch Discovery !!
Replies: 14
Views: 3435

Re: Porch Discovery !!

Wow - fantastic!!! I was going to say, too bad they didnt have google street-view back then. But what you found is pretty darn close :)
by catya
Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Anyone cleaned out their cistern?
Replies: 22
Views: 10457

Re: Anyone cleaned out their cistern?

Don't know if there are any "Lost" fans here, but that shot of Mr. Henry's hatch brings back some fond memories - LOL. I've been googling and reading about cisterns, including people who methodically dig the trash out of theirs and restore to its proper use. Some Im reading about seem a bit deeper t...
by catya
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Porch Discovery !!
Replies: 14
Views: 3435

Re: Porch Discovery !!

I dont have the depth of architectural knowledge of some of you, but do have a good intuitive sense of what looks right. . I too would be very reluctant to mess with what's there. I'm having trouble visualizing how a full length porch with roof woulld fit without obscuring too much of the windows/fr...
by catya
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Just crying over the windows
Replies: 35
Views: 9352

Re: Just crying over the windows

Ive been scouting around looking at houses a little bit - with some thoughts of selling and buying something smaller. Im SHOCKED at what's been done around here in the last 15-20 yrs since Ive last looked. It used to be quite easy to find places with original windows, siding, and other features, eve...
by catya
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Anyone cleaned out their cistern?
Replies: 22
Views: 10457

Re: Anyone cleaned out their cistern?

Ive been putting off asking this question, because I'm not sure I want to know. It might mean MORE WORK I have to do but have no time for .. What exactly should one DO with a cistern? Why are you cleaning yours out? I know I have one- there is some sort of big round cement cap that in the back of th...
by catya
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Get Involved in The Old House Web Renovation!
Replies: 16
Views: 8714

Re: Get Involved in The Old House Web Renovation!

To whom it may concern, I tried to write to the author of the rock faced cement block article (William Kibbel) to ask some follow up questions and either he doesn't exist or he didnt want to bother answering my questions. I tried googling him and came up with some old web pages with his name on, but...
by catya
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Coping with a basement laundry
Replies: 31
Views: 11542

Re: Coping with a basement laundry

I had to LOL at the title of this thread. I guess for me the rental experience is recent enough that I actually ENJOY having a basement laundry... andnot having to schlep clothes 10 blocks to a laundromat and pay $2.00 a load for the privelege of washing them in grungy old machines. Stairs no proble...