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Franz replied to JRTebow's discussion Chandelier restoration questions
"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…"
16 hours ago
Franz replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion New Restorer Buys Huge 1893 Stick Vick
"Pre 1900 you'll want to go with natural gas or acetylene lighting to be correct. You'll probably want to base the decision on was natural gas available at the house when it was built."
17 hours ago
Franz replied to David's discussion 1920's garage/apartment in South Texas - insulation advice needed!
"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…"
Thursday
Franz replied to Shane's discussion Connected bedrooms?
"ESCAPE in the event of Fire."
Jan 8
Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"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…"
Jan 8
Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"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…"
Jan 8
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Jan 8
Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"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…"
Jan 7
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Jan 5
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Jan 3
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Jan 1
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Dec 24, 2016
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Dec 24, 2016
Franz replied to JRTebow's discussion Chandelier restoration questions
"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.  There was…"
Dec 23, 2016
Franz replied to Paul Friesen's discussion Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this?
"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…"
Dec 21, 2016
Franz replied to JRTebow's discussion Chandelier restoration questions
"Usual quick & dirty test is to find out when electricity was first available in the town. "
Dec 19, 2016

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Tell us about yourself:
I'm a cantankerous old fart, possibly older than your parents or house.
I'm too damn old to waste time stating anything other than facts. If you can't deal with facts don't read my stuff.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I live in an old house. I've spent my life maximizing the house's possibilities.
I detest moron contractors and ignorant archetects.

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