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Asbestos shingles
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The house next door to us has asbestos shingles over its original clapboards.  It is not a fancy or beautiful house...just an 1870s vernacular workman's cottage.  The fact that they are asbestos…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Streenz May 2, 2013.

Are there any Facebook Old-House discussion groups?
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Not that I don't love this forum, but I've been noticing the traffic has been dwindling on here and was wondering if it was because people were using some other form of online forum/discussion group…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tanya Aug 30, 2013.

Buried Treasure
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Hello all,I know this post will generate some interest, since I was practically salivating upon this discovery.  Check out the two pictures below.  We are putting in a brick patio in the back yard…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Streenz Mar 28, 2012.

Attic/roof insulation in 1885 Queen Anne
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I understand this topic is nothing new to this forum, but I've looked back on most of the past discussions and not found an exact case such as mine.I live in an 1885 Queen Anne in Illinois, so our…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson Sep 18, 2012.

 

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Andy Streenz replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Thanks Lair.  I don't think I'm ready to go to quite that much trouble.  However, if you see a stack of double hung sashes on their curb, jump out and get 'em for me!  =^)"
Oct 27, 2015
Andy Streenz replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Yes, I have tried that with our local architectural salvage warehouse.  Of course, typically what happens is when none are located within a month or so, it passes from the forefront of their minds and is ultimately forgotten about.  I do…"
Oct 27, 2015
Lair Tienter replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Andy, I know of a house that has those on every window, or at least it did at one time.  If you would be interested I could give you the address and you could write them and see if they would be interested in getting rid of any of them.  I…"
Oct 27, 2015
Richard Pryor replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Another suggestion might be to leave a "call me if you find these" order with architectural salvage joints. They have stuff going through their stores all the time. Here in Ohio there are 2, one in Columbus and one in Toledo. The one in…"
Oct 26, 2015
Andy Streenz replied to Elaine Cozort's discussion slated for demo
"Contact the Old House Society in Bloomington, IL.  Phone:  309-820-0548 They deconstruct houses that are doomed for demolition.  The Society provides the owner with a "donation" tax write off, and the Society is then able to…"
Oct 21, 2015
Andy Streenz replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Hi Dennis, no, I have not found a single one.  I am encouraged, however, to hear that you have these on your house...I was beginning to think mine was the only one.  Tell me, what brand is your lock hardware on your doors?  My lock…"
Oct 21, 2015
kevin replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Did you look in Van Dykes Restorers catalog ? "
Oct 20, 2015
Dennis Sheahan replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"I know the chances of you seeing this on a thread that is over four years old is slim but I have those exact sash locks and was wondering if you had found a place to get some?"
Oct 20, 2015
Andy Streenz replied to Allen Pierce's discussion Finding Studs Behind Plaster
"Lair, that is crazy!"
Aug 18, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to Allen Pierce's discussion Finding Studs Behind Plaster
"Ahh, the beauty (and curse) of original lath and plaster.  Conventional stud finders are totally useless.  It's like the manufacturers of these things think that no one in the world lives in a structure not built before 1950.…"
Aug 14, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"very interesting!  Thanks for the post!"
Apr 22, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"Judd.  Awesome job sleuthing, all!  I'm gonna have to keep my eyes open for these at the flea markets."
Apr 21, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"John, If this is original hardware, it is quite uncommon.  Your picture makes it appear that the lock is newer--did you restore this one?  Are you in the United States?  This sort of hardware, if original, was made during a time…"
Apr 17, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
"13.  Square (or cut) nails are hard as, well, nails.  Good luck with them."
Apr 7, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to Cathy's discussion Original Windows without sash weight/cord
"Sashguy, These are the very stays that I purchased, although I found a box of a dozen new-old-stock on eBay for less than House of Antique Hardware is asking for just one.  I have yet to install them, so we'll see how good of quality they…"
Mar 17, 2014
Andy Streenz replied to Melissa Braxton Ramp's discussion The House I just bought!!!
"Melissa, I agree with the age assessment and overall opinions previously expressed.  It is truly a beautiful house in its simplicity and form.  The porch has definitely been modified as previously stated, although, I'll have to admit,…"
Mar 10, 2014

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Tell us about yourself:
Locksmith by trade, owner of an 1885 Queen Anne. Antique lock repair is my specialty.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
1st house was a vernacular 1916 railroad worker's house. Restored it to near-period detailing, sold it in 2009 when our dream house came on the market, an 1885 three story Queen Anne, already fully restored. Now living here hoping to raise a family and continuing to care for and restore this beautiful mansion.
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http://www.billskeyandlockshop.com

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At 6:32pm on April 11, 2011, Phil said…
This is a very impressive property.
At 7:11am on May 20, 2011, Karan Andrea said…
Gorgeous, gorgeous home!
At 2:46am on August 21, 2011, Jodi Click said…

Andy,

I saw on a post that you are a locksmith (and see it again now on your page)... Do you make/copy old skeleton keys or know where I can have that done?  I see that the store you have a link to has antique lock hardware, but I've not had luck with anywhere else that carries antique locks & keys.  The key to the exterior door of my house is a skeleton key and different from all the others in the house (and, according to every locksmith I've tried, my entire area of the state).  I haven't found anyone who had a blank to make another and I really should have more than one key to my house!  I don't want to remove the original lock as it would ruin the door... Just curious if you have any suggestions.  Here is a link to my album with pictures of the key (in case you can tell just by looking at it why it's different than normal, making it so hard to get another):  http://www.myoldhouseonline.com/photo/albums/keys

 

Thanks for any ideas you may have or tips for finding someone to make a key for me!!

Jodi Click :)

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