Devyn
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What Style is my Philly Rowhouse?
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I am in the process of buying this rowhouse in South Philadelphia and I can't quite put my finger on the style. I think it is Italianate based on the details around the front door and the cornice…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nora James Mar 5.

Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
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I am planning on stripping off 100+ years of paint accumulation from of our door frames and baseboards, however I have recently refinished our wood floors and need to protect them.Concerns: Using…Continue

Tags: protect floors, paint stripping

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Marder Apr 9.

 

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Randall Marder replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"I've been restoring historic homes for over 45 years and their is no way.  It is easy and quick to do floor touch-ups.  Also if you are using a water based remover, the water in the chemical will damage your patina and turn it grey.…"
Apr 9
Pamela Logan replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"My house is 227 years old.  Some paint just flaked off.  I really wanted to take it down and start from scratch, but I decided not to.  The layers tell a tale, the varying colors even the flaky spots, like you have near the bottom on…"
Apr 8
Mike flynn replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"If you tape and use the paper, that will work well IF you use an infared paint remover. It will make short work of that thick paint. You wouldn't have to risk removing it, and the wood would be super clean after, with no chemicals"
Apr 4
Nora James replied to Devyn's discussion What Style is my Philly Rowhouse?
"Georgian for me. "
Mar 5
Devyn posted a discussion

What Style is my Philly Rowhouse?

I am in the process of buying this rowhouse in South Philadelphia and I can't quite put my finger on the style. I think it is Italianate based on the details around the front door and the cornice (which once had urns on the end brackets). My online research is giving me mixed information saying that it is Federal, or Georgian (which I believe to be older styles). Here is what I know:It is a 16' wide row on a block of 14 nearly identical houses built at the same time (the one on the right has…See More
Mar 3
Mike Stoffo replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"I've used sheets of light gauge aluminum, like maybe you can cut from 6" wide rolls of aluminum flashing.  And slide it under the trim. If it was too tight to slide the flashing under I might try taking my trusty Bosch Flush Cutter…"
Feb 24, 2016
Devyn replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"Thanks johninelgin I am in a Manhattan apartment, the place was always a rental until we bought it. Truly a fixer upper (with really good bones). No kids, but I completely agree about not doing it with them around. Not worth the risk. We do have a…"
Jan 4, 2016
caseypratt replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"That is true; I have heard a lot of great things about the infrared _silent paint stripper_ tool. Since here in the northern hemisphere it is bleak midwinter, it's no time for doing any chemical stripping. The chemicals slow their work…"
Jan 4, 2016
johninelgin replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"If you use a heat gun while stripping in place, the standard answer is to go through all the rigmarole for lead paint removal, but its not necessary if you use common sense and work carefully.  Lead exposure is not a big deal for adults unless…"
Jan 4, 2016
caseypratt replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"I would suit up (full lead paint precautions) and have at it with a heat gun. I have used Makitas for decades. The best heat gun IMO. You need a sharp paint scraper of this type to work with the heat gun, and you must keep it very sharp with a…"
Jan 3, 2016
Devyn replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"Thank you... Unfortunately removing and stripping elsewhere isn't an easy option as I live in an apartment and have no space outside of my home to do any work. The floors were refinished a year ago with a high traffic poly finish and really…"
Jan 3, 2016
johninelgin replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"Gotta agree with Casey's first choice, I've never found a fool proof way to protect the floors.  If it were me, I'd take it down and strip on a bench."
Jan 3, 2016
caseypratt replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"Carefully remove the trim and strip it on the bench, reinstall. Or, tape around the trim with blue tape, tape down a layer or 3 of rosin paper, then protect it with a piece of Ramboard. Don't use original Peel Away 1, it will stain your oak…"
Jan 2, 2016
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Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.

I am planning on stripping off 100+ years of paint accumulation from of our door frames and baseboards, however I have recently refinished our wood floors and need to protect them.Concerns: Using plastic is a no brainer, but how to you keep stripper chemicals (peel-away) from soaking through the masking tape is a major concern. Is there a different type of take to use? Suggestions and/or experience for protecting the floors while doing work would be very helpful.…See More
Jan 2, 2016
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Upper West Side Classic NY Apartment Building. Pre-WWI, built solid.
Jul 12, 2014

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Owner of a portion of a 1910 Classic Six Co-op on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We purchased it in 2014 with plans to do restoration. The bones are amazing, much of the original features are intact. But it needs a lot of TLC.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Somewhere between a newbie and an intermediate as far as skills go. I hope to restore the grandeur to a part of New York housing legacy.
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http://halfclassicsix.com

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