"This is one I DEFINITELY have the answer to, because I watched it unfold.
The floor in the center is original. Around 1950 somebody came along with the idea to do something about that ugly old floor, and installed the newer (light)…"
"I sure wouldn't run that contraption if for no other reason than the unvented unit will deliver tons of acidic water vapor into the containment area.
If it's in a fairly sealed entry room you could have worse problems with oxygen…"
"Cobblestone houses, barns and other structures are geographically unique to the area along both sides of the Old Erie Canal.
They were built by Irish masons who came to work on the canal, and for a relatively short period of time. The stones…"
"OK, now I'm getting toward the confused end of the meter.
Are you talking about an arch topped doorway from room to room that you can walk through?
Any chance of similar houses in the neighborhood? If there are it becomes amazing the…"
"Tile is ceramic blob is either plaster or some form of concrete.
Start by soaking the plaster side in vinegar, that should soften it so it can be scraped off with a stick
Vinegar or even muriatic acid won't hurt the tile, but don't get in…"
"Rule of thumb, electricity as a product generally became available ro residential customers about 5 years after electric street cars. Salina is interesting because street cars there were first horse cars, then cable drawn cars, then steam cars…"
"Quick & dirty search reveals municipal electric didn't exist in Beookvill until after 1918 when Kansas City Railways Company for the ... to provide for the erection of an electric distribution system in Brookville.
That date definitely…"
"If you have access to the interior side of the opening the framing will tell the story fast.
Framing materials are either all of the same time period, or they are not.
"local heritage commissions" are best dealt with with a van load of…"
"Red may be appropriate to the time frame IF it is located within 100 miles of a then iron ore mine.
Many barrels of red paint were manufactured in Rochester NY around 1900 mixing ore from the Ontario iron ore deposit and plentiful Linseed oil…"
"Hair in the ground coat, possibly horse depending on proximity to a slaughter house that sold hair.
Likelyhood of asbestos is pretty minimal given that the fibers are too short to serve the purpose horsehair served. It could also be…"
"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…"