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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 John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"very interesting!  Thanks for the post!"
Apr 22
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
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
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
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
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
Andy Streenz replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"Not much of a story, per se, but the contractor who restored my home removed an original, intact, 1897 victorian bathroom including clawfoot tub and marble sink in favor for a plastic tub/shower surround and modern sink vanity.  Thankfully, he…"
Mar 10
Andy Streenz replied to PStewart's discussion Late Victorian Dining Room Update II - Nearing the Finish Line for Woodwork
"Wow.  You could seriously fool architecture scholars into thinking this was the original woodwork and not a re-creation.  About the only thing missing is the 125+ years of wear and tear the original would have received (which could be…"
Mar 10
Andy Streenz replied to Mike Viselli's discussion Broken Mortise Lock case
"Hi Mike, sorry for the long delay.  I looked through every lock in my inventory and even stopped off at our local architectural salvage and looked through theirs.  I just can't find anything that will precisely replace your existing…"
Mar 10
Andy Streenz replied to Mike Viselli's discussion Broken Mortise Lock case
"Hi Mike.  Phil is dead on.  Your lock is cast iron, and would weld or braze ok, but it would be very difficult to do so, since the parts are so small and the internal lock parts depend on there being no "slop" where the welded…"
Mar 1
Andy Streenz replied to Cat Wood's discussion Old hardware: replate or leave patina?
"Cheers, Cat and Richard!  If this were Facebook, I'd give you both "likes.""
Mar 1
Andy Streenz replied to Cat Wood's discussion Old hardware: replate or leave patina?
"I am a locksmith by trade and I repair a lot of antique lock hardware.  In my opinion, since you live in an old house, and are proud of it, you will never be able to fool anybody in thinking that anything in the house is new.  One of the…"
Feb 26
Andy Streenz replied to Pam's discussion insulation question
"As has been stated by "both sides" of this issue, there appears to be lack of hard evidence as to the benefits/pitfalls of insulating an old house.  My question is this:  If insulating an old house is considered a no-no because…"
Feb 26
Andy Streenz replied to Dan Miller's discussion Hemacite hardware
"Hemacite is hard to come by these days if you are looking to try to replace all your missing hardware.  It didn't hold up well to the test of time.  It is prone to cracking and crumbling.  Also, if it gets painted, it can be…"
Oct 28, 2013
Andy Streenz replied to Bill Hendrickson's discussion Investing in Local Historic Property
"What about constructive re-use if a hotel/restaurant is too risky?  Perhaps an upscale apartment complex or business condos.  Historic hotels are expensive to renovate because everybody expects to have his own bathroom and all the modern…"
Oct 28, 2013
Andy Streenz replied to Kari Dunn's discussion Basement egress door
"Let me know how you fare on this project.  My outside basement steps were filled in circa 2000 by the former owner and I could kick him for doing so.  Like you, I would like to use my otherwise unusable basement for garden tools as I have…"
Oct 28, 2013

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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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Comment Wall (3 comments)

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…


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):


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

Jodi Click :)

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