"I'd say 1, possibly 2 of the hanging fixtures were installed in that house when the house was electrified.
I'd also venture the house was NOT electrified when it was built!
The man who did the knob & tube was a good skilled mechanic…"
"I'd get rid of the sash weight system even though it can probably be repaired. There are retrofit devices that work better and are fairly easy to install, even though in your location heat loss via the weight pockets isn't really a…"
"NO Casey, lack of sufficient masonry thickness wasn't why trussing rods were installed.
Trussing rods have long been used to increase load bearing capacity of light timber beams. Masonry under a beam must be sufficiently strong to carry…"
"Please do tell Casey, why such steel tie rods weren't necessary for Centuries of masonry buildings?
I really want to know, having worked in a few hundred masonry multi story buildings with cross timbered wood floors that didn't have the…"
"The lucite is 1/10" material and friction fit into the casing.
1/10 is a very nice material to work with in that it can be cut by scoring with a utility knife and snapping, similar to cutting glass. If you need to trim sanding or…"
"Since you said want to purchase, the best advice I can give you is to hunt up the local authority having jurisdiction, and talk to him about your plans before you make any forward motion on buying.
I've seen too many projects…"
"Lets see if the pictures work for me.
Inside temp 68f, 38% rh with gusty winds to 15mph from the west.
This window is on the west side of the house.
Note, there is no condensation occurring on the window pane or lucite. Temperature of the…"
"Paul, I would venture Winnipeg has little Rochester NY lacks, in terms of winter.
we've played bouncy between 20 and 50 so far this winter, and my inside humidity in the house is 45%, a bit higher than I like. Since this thread…"
"Last night I ran this situation past a group of young associates who assure me I tortured them at every opportunity rather than just give them the answer. The only exception to the torture argument is one wife who reminds them how much money I…"
"If i was living in that house I'd be doing some experimenting.
I see at least 2 roof vents. I see a fireplace chimnet.
My first move would be making a plywood closure for the front of the fireplace with a computer fan to exhaust…"
"Couple things you need to look at.
Unless you've added more humans or GreatDanes to the occupancy of the house, or somebody has taken to living in the shower, your new basement insulation system has cut off a lot of air infiltration and…"
"Pushbutton switches are late 20s through the 30s generally.
Gently remove the cover plate and look at the type of box the switch is enclosed in.
I'm betting the house was electrified after it was built, probably in the 20s.
"Cold floor edges around the walls are not the result of stopping exfiltration. Before you insulated the inside of the cellar wall it was a giant thermal battery accumulating heat and delivering it to the floor system above. By insulating…"