Lair Tienter
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Update on the opinions I wanted
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven C Phillips Aug 14, 2011.

Does anyone know what the term is for ?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Feb 8, 2011.

I need opinions
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Scofield Feb 9, 2011.


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Lair Tienter replied to MD4square's discussion Addition to our 1925 Foursquare home: Question on cabinets
"In my 4 square house built in 1906 I went with kitchen cabinets made in the style of Hoosier cabinets.  They were a light hickory colored wood.  the doors were very plain with just a slight rounded edge.  In the center was a divider…"
Nov 19, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Wonderful house!  Back in those days a blue print was rare.  You would hire a carpenter that you liked their work on other homes.  Without plans the house plans were in the contractors head and the building would start.  When the…"
Nov 11, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Davey's discussion What style is my 1880 home ?
"first of all we need to see a picture of the whole house, not just a portion of one side.  Also some pics of the interior, woodwork, hinges, and other details are needed for even a guess.  That may be why no one has answered your post."
Oct 13, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Dee Parks's discussion Painted wallpaper
"Dee, you and I have a lot in common.  I moved from a 4,300 down to just over 1000.  It is also wallpapered.  I had planned on removing the wall paper but once I got the house I discovered the wall paper is over cheap paneling. …"
Sep 23, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Denise M Costley's discussion Removing polyurethane with hydrogen peroxide
"Tried it and did not have the same results you had.  In fact I had no results.  I tried drug store peroxide and then I tried 20 volume peroxide with the same results."
Sep 21, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Dee Parks's discussion Painted wallpaper
"I would love to tell you there is a quick trick to take care of your problem.  There is not.  I have redone over 40 houses and have tried every short cut.  The results were always the same.  An awful looking wall that you will…"
Sep 21, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to RAH's discussion Brick Repair
"My sister has a home with the exact brick at least color and I think size.  She just had a mason relay her bay window using some original and some replacement bricks.  The brick is a perfect match and the mortar isn't yet but they say…"
Sep 6, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Jessika Aguilar's discussion Chimney in the garage?!?
"That isn't strange at all.  If there was work that need on the car you would fire up the stove on the weekend and work on the car.  Back then a lot of people took care of most things themselves.  Also if they burned wood in the…"
Sep 6, 2018

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Tell us about yourself:
I'm a retired babyboomer living in the hills of Eastern Iowa.I moved here 16 years ago from Denver, CO. I have worked full time the last 16 years on my 1860's Second Empire home. I purchased the home from the lady that purchased it the day I was born.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I was a contractor in Colorado restoring old homes. Being the only one in the area I did very well and was busy for 25 years. Old homes are in my blood and I can not get away from them. I have restored 14 of my own and 38 for other people.

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Masonry stripper, has anyone used any?

Yesterday I went out to repair a couple spots on my painted brick. I used a scraper on the edges. No need for that, I could take a piece and pull and it came off like vinyl wallpaper. Big pieces of several square feet. All 5 layers right down to the dusty first layer. I tried it in 3 places with the same results. As a result I have a very ugly wall and a dilemma. Should I scrape it all off and repaint or strip. I did a lot of stripping back in the late 80's and have the scars to prove it using… Continue

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

Is Anyone watching over this site??????

Every day I come on line and there is a new member who does not know enough about America to enter his address correctly. The next line is about a blog selling one thing or another not of interest to anyone who loves old houses. I am able to ignore these people but what I am concern about is their access to my personal profile. In the last week I have started getting spam from numerous places. I have been very careful since I lost my last computer to a virus from spam. I have another computer… Continue

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 11:05am — 12 Comments

Painted Brick Homes

I have seen a lot of discussion on this site about painted brick homes. I have been around old homes a long time and remember something very few of you know or remember. When('60's) I purchased my first home (soft brick) at closing I was given a paper. This paper gave instruction for the care of your brick home. It was much like the papers you get now days on the dangers of lead based paint. The theory back in the 50's and 60's was soft brick needed protection from the elements. It suggested… Continue

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:10pm — 3 Comments

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At 4:48pm on November 12, 2009, Jane Goodman said…
Thank you so much for your welcome! I will be looking for expertise, comments , advice and camradarie. I'm a bit slow with the computer, so bear with me. One of my first projects will also be a porch, but with a somewhat different set of problems from your own. Pictures will follow soon. We had only begun on the house. I will try my very best to continue the work, knowing that houses are never really finished, nor should they be.
Jane G.
At 11:15pm on January 8, 2010, Jody Daringer said…
Hi! Your house is gorgeous! I just started getting this magazine and they happened to send two back issues so I saw your article. Congratulations! I may have to take a road trip sometime just to see it up close.
At 12:06pm on January 25, 2010, Gail Schuermann said…
as long as you are using an oil-based tint and varnish, I assume you can get the tint from anywhere- couldn't you use an oil-based tint from an artist's store?
At 8:05pm on August 24, 2010, Loietta Adams said…
I'd love to have someof those light switches if you still have them.
At 1:06pm on August 25, 2010, Loietta Adams said…
Hi Lair;
That will be fine,I'm in no hurry.,they'll be sitting here for a while too.
At 1:11pm on August 25, 2010, Loietta Adams said…
Light fixtures?any left? I love old lighting,nearly killed myself rewiring a old chandilier about a mo. ago,a lesson well learn. If you have any your willing to part with ,please let me know.
At 5:08pm on August 25, 2010, Loietta Adams said…
That's wonderful that you can use them all,I would too.
Your home looks so pretty. I'm on Face book,lots of Victorian Dresden and French porc. and a few of my table lamps.pets, roses(Victorian,Dresden portrait china first love, roses,my second love)
At 7:33pm on December 8, 2010, PStewart said…
Lair -

Thanks for your very nice commments about our work on the house in Oswego, NY. Its always nice to know that someone takes notice! The project is probably about as big as I imagined ---- what I did not imagine was how I would lose some of the energy I had when I started. I still work on the house every week --- but it used to be everyday. I just found myself getting tired and there is a long way to go. I finally hired a carpenter to help out...simply because of the volume of work. You can only run so many miles of baseboard in every room (replicating the originals) before you say "I'd like some help with this." Its just a long haul. Im excited though, that this Christmas, I expect the entryway to be finished and the parlor as well!!!

As you know I really love your house. And I love the mouldings on teh inside especially. That turn-of-the-century grillwork that divides those two main rooms is amazing. And like our house, yours has those "totem style" mouldings where there is a rosette for where a chair rail meets teh casing. My favorite kind!
At 11:52pm on September 11, 2012, cblehmann said…

Just wondering what you found out about the cistern relative to your theory that it absorbed groundwater  for purpose of "saving the cellar."  We have  a "well" about 12' from foundation that fills wiht water during rainy times then dries down. It is covered

wiht a manhole cover and brick lined (maybe concrete lower down)  Cousin from east said "exterior sump" but  haven't found any locals that know what it is.  Probably from 1900, whne 1830 house remodeled and  all cistern and pressure water systems and sewers put in. There is a beehive cistern elsewhere outside  and a windmill powered its water up to a tank in the attic. Then in the basement there is a pillow sized patch in the cement  floor.  A letter from a grandchild of the house said there was a cistern in the cellar and an  outside one and a well outside. Still, no one is interested.  OHJ online is the only source for finding these things out!  Even the library has gotten rid of bookds old enough to help and the city threw all the  oldest  house sewer permits and plans out in the 1970's, I'm told. 

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