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 Susan Lofton's discussion Paneling ID Help Please
"This looks like the stuff I had in a house I owned way back when.  The house had been moved in the late 60's and the walls paneled to cover moving cracks.  I pulled off the paneling and repaired the plaster.  The stuff is ugly…"
Aug 12
Lair Tienter replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"Stephanie, I agree with you 100% or more if that is possible.  Keep looking and you will find just what you want.   Best of luck!"
Aug 12
Lair Tienter replied to Phil's discussion Time to replace front porch deck: fir vs mahogany T&G?
"I am trying to figure out why I have replaced flooring 100 years old and it seems in fair shape.  The new boards put in are rotted in 5 - 10 years.  Have they changed the trees or are they just not making them like they used to.  If…"
Jun 14
Lair Tienter replied to Al Shehadi's discussion Old Iron Radiators
"I don't know about gun oil but if you use linseed oil they will sticky for a long time.  I know someone that stripped and oiled his hinges with A-1 oil.  they looked great but not sure how often you would need to apply the oil again."
May 23
Lair Tienter replied to Eileen Dushek-Manthe's discussion storm windows: replacement options
"I'm not sure about your talents but would like to point out screens are not difficult to make yourself.  All you need is some top quality wood and a couple inexpensive tools. A router would be the most pricey tool.  There…"
May 20
Lair Tienter replied to Jayelle C's discussion Best way to strip and repaint radiators in place?
"I've had my best luck using a stiff putty knife.  Actually I use the kind made for working on window putty. It is stiff, has a sharp side and a point on one end.  Between that and a stiff wire wheel on a drill have had the best…"
Apr 27
Lair Tienter commented on Emma Lawson's blog post 4 Most Common Old House Renovations
"There is a piece of my life I won't get back. Reading your blogs always ends up being a waste of time.  Maybe if you want to blog you should write about something you know about.  Try maybe living in a new house and caring for two…"
Apr 10
Lair Tienter commented on Rosie Murray's blog post How to clean wood furniture
"I agree with Randall.  This is the worst advise I have read in a long time.  Anyone who owns antiques or fine furniture would never use water to clean it.  Maybe some of the fine furniture from Walmart is the thing you should try…"
Apr 9

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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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http://www.picturetrails.com/lairz

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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

Comment Wall (9 comments)

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…
Hi;
I'd love to have someof those light switches if you still have them.
Loietta
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.
Loietta
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.
Loietta
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)
Loietta
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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