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by ChrisF
Thu May 16, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: 1918 Wood Siding Dismay
Replies: 3
Views: 4354

Re: 1918 Wood Siding Dismay

Consider leaving the wood siding in place and putting vinyl over it. If you have the siding removed, you have to go through all of the EPA silliness (and huge costs) regarding lead paint abatement. Siding over it, you don't have to. Also, at some point in the future, a new homeowner may want to rest...
by ChrisF
Fri May 10, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: How to Refinish an Exterior Wood Door
Replies: 9
Views: 11452

Re: How to Refinish an Exterior Wood Door

You might want to consider a spar varnish...they're meant for exterior use. The higher volume of oil in spar varnish gives it more flexibility, so it should be able to deal with the elements better.
by ChrisF
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What's happened to our board?
Replies: 23
Views: 12144

Re: What's happened to our board?

The problem is that the "spammers" are actually bots that create these accounts automatically. There's not a whole lot you can do to block them, unless you can enable some sort of system (like a CAPTCHA or something else) that requires a human to answer. I work in IT for a living and maintain a numb...
by ChrisF
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: The End of An Era -- sad sad sad
Replies: 18
Views: 26869

Re: The End of An Era -- sad sad sad

I won't argue the fact that there are some materials in our old houses that simply can't be obtained anymore (like old growth lumber). This does not, however, mean that everything produced today is utter garbage. Mass housing developments use "contractor-grade" (ie: cheapest available) materials eve...
by ChrisF
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Granitine?
Replies: 1
Views: 1853

Re: Granitine?

I had one of those sinks until a few months ago when it finally gave up the ghost and had to be replaced. It's simple concrete, not granite.
by ChrisF
Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Help with Condensation on Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 4419

Re: Help with Condensation on Windows

The glass has warmth on one side, cold on the other. That makes the glass cold, and that causes the moister air inside the house to condense on the inside of the glass. No amount of weatherstripping that window is going to fix that. You want an air gap between the outside air and the inside air to p...
by ChrisF
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Faux quartersawn oak?
Replies: 11
Views: 8665

Re: Faux quartersawn oak?

The thing of it is that the sanded wood looks like raw white oak to me. Raw wood can have a drastically different appearance than something with a finish on it....even a single coat of oil can make a huge difference. If you have a largish area that's been sanded, try wiping the raw wood down with mi...
by ChrisF
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Kitchen Range reccomendations
Replies: 16
Views: 13216

Re: Kitchen Range reccomendations

One thing to keep in mind regarding Kenmore appliances is that you can determine who actually makes the product in question by looking at the model number. IIRC, the first two digits identify the company who makes the product. A little Googling should produce a list of numbers and their correspondin...
by ChrisF
Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: What to do with the ceiling?!
Replies: 14
Views: 9262

Re: What to do with the ceiling?!

Did they popcorn over the original plaster, or did the put up drywall then popcorn over it?
by ChrisF
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Dampness where floor meets wall in basement
Replies: 4
Views: 4292

Re: Dampness where floor meets wall in basement

What are the chances that the basement floor isn't quite level, and water table is right underneath it? The low spot of the floor is at table level and gets damp, while the rest of the floor is just above the table level and remains dry? I have that issue with my house, and just keep the dehumidifie...