Hi this is my first post. I have a two family house built in 1923. I have oil steam heat using the cast iron radiators. I am in process of changing my heating system from oil to gas; which I believe would be much cheaper. I made several inquiries from contractors and have been given confusing information. 1. You can use your 10 year boiler and convert to gas using a gas gun which would cost less than buying a new boiler.2. Buy a new efficient gas boiler which would be better in the…Continue
We recently purchased a Revised Tudor home in Missouri built in 1924. When we went into the basement, we found that while the walls and foundation are stone, all the ceilings are cement and that it was obviously done in one pour. Electric boxes connected with conduit are embedded in the ceiling, along with 3/4" re-rod and 4" steel mesh. 1"x 2"s were placed on top of the wet cement to use as nailers for the hardwood floors on the first floor. The walls upstairs are plaster and lathe, of course,…Continue
So next year’s “structural” project is to get the house replumbed as I have original galvanized black pipes in my 1909 house. All the work will be done on the first floor and dug out crawl space underneath the house. My question is what kind of pipe(s) should be used? PVC, copper, PEX or a combination of both? I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and no have radiators or a boiler to deal with if that helps with the decision on what type of pipes to use. Another question is…Continue
Hello. New to the forum. We just bought this house www.dkwarrenhouse.com and are looking for a chandelier to keep continuity. I have attached a picture of what we are looking for. Any ideas? Thankschand.jpgContinue
So many of the houses for sale that we look at have baseboard heat. I lived with this system for much of my life, and I will never, ever go back to it. It was so drying, and aggravated my allergies to the point of being intolerable. But the old radiators always give a home a very warm, comfortable feel.How would I go about switching over from baseboard to radiators? Is this something that is typically done? I know next to nothing (OK, fully nothing) about this, but I would like to - it…Continue
Our family recently moved into the John Garst farmhouse in Ashland County, Ohio. This home was built in 1864 and is listed on the National Registry. In assessing the structure, we have discovered that all of the floor joists were notched where they meet the center support beam and sill. This means that over the last 150 years the floors have been supported by not much more than a 2x4, which explains why the floors are so bouncy! Any thoughts on how to strengthen this? Would it be…Continue
We are refinishing our painted hardwood floors to natural. Renovated the kitchen, getting ready to redo the bathroom. Pictures will be up shortly! Does anyone have any thoughts on insulating the attic? We are considering using the blown in insulation. Would it be advantageous in the winter as well as the summer? Thanks for any help!
Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue
Our complete rewire is coming along on our new 1903 home. Some sconces that are hand-carved wood were removed from the walls by the electricians. They are very unique and cool! The electricians say they cannot go back up and none of the antique lighting I have purchased can either because none of it is "UL" listed. The sconces I purchased from ebay were already rewired, but this doesn't seem to make a difference. I understand the electricians are working for a company and they have to make…Continue
Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint. Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …Continue
I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms. Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets. They even fit in the storm window bottoms. When I close a window, its tight!