Leah Acosta
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  • Pittsford, VT
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Stained Glass in an 1820's Federal??
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I'm being reminded just what a babe in the woods I am, when it comes to a house THIS old.  Can anyone tell me...would stained glass be at all "period appropriate" to an 1820's federal??  Clearly,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jane Mar 13, 2010.

Cheap source for Lolly Columns, please?
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In the course of investigation that has led me to believe that our 1827 brick federal was built NOT "on the site of the 1791 original house" but rather, having made a walk-out cellar of the original…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa Nov 26, 2013.

Painted pine floor - looking for pictures
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Hi everyone.  Can anyone suggest sources/locations of photos of painted pine floors from early 19th century?  I've found a few but they are from a "country" style farmhouse, but I'm needing some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Maher Jan 28, 2010.

OOPS, I did it again!
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I swore I was not taking on any new projects this winter. Only 3 months here, and we've had to do major repairs on every appliance, the heating system, and the plumbing is still in ruins. I really…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leah Acosta Jan 19, 2010.

 

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caseypratt replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"If it's spring fed, it is a spring house, not a cistern. Cisterns are for catching rainwater collected by the roof gutters. If a cistern is disconnected, it is possible for a high water-table to breach the walls, and it will fill to the water…"
Feb 24, 2016
Dawn replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Hi.  I did a search for, "Cistern" and this thread popped up.  Sorry for bumping it, but I just recently purchased property, out in the country, with a little old house that has a cistern in the basement.  The house sits…"
Feb 23, 2016
Franz replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"A fuse box in the attic of an older house isn't unusual at all. Consider that many houses were electrified long after they were built, many times wiring was pulled through existing gas lines for light fixtures. It was much easier to install a…"
May 25, 2014
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Thanks, Franz for explaining to us newbies yet again about the attic tanks.  After reading this, I thought again about the fuse box on the attic wall - maybe for a heater coil; not part of the pumping system?  "
May 24, 2014
Franz replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Water heating tanks in the attic are NOT cisterns, they are hot water tanks.   The system went out of favor in the 50s largely because of the adoption of cheaper house construction being unable to support the weight.  Rule of thumb on an…"
May 23, 2014
meg replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Yup, beautiful qswo panels, and how to replace some of the missing trims is causing me fits!  I hadn't heard of attic cisterns having heating elements - that's something new to research, especially as there is an expansion tank up…"
May 22, 2014
Franz replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Folks, cisterns and attic water heaters ain't Rocket Surgery!  This may amaze many, but both technologies were pretty well developed by 1700, and the majority of the systems were installed and operated by men who never heard of a College…"
May 19, 2014
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"     That is amazing - is it really bent wood panels?     Our attic tank has an overflow pipe that would have discharged onto the roof, if it came to that.  I didn't even notice it for two years as most everything…"
May 19, 2014
meg replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Don't know how I never found this thread before.  Our big 1886 vic has the pretty standard set up of a roof fed in-ground cistern just outside the kitchen, with an additional attic tank that water could be hand pumped to to feed the…"
May 14, 2014
Long Leaf Soaps replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Brilliant!"
May 13, 2014
Long Leaf Soaps replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Hi Andy, We have a similar set up except our cistern is just outside the 4 season porch out back. I only just learned (from this site) that the "wall" in the middle of the cistern is there to settle out debris. Our cistern has a super…"
May 13, 2014
Kari Dunn replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"fantastic!  What a proud cistern!!  Thank you for posting."
Mar 14, 2014
Jim Finley replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Kari - heres a pic of my cistern on the hill above the house. This pic dates from the 1960s and the house has since fallen down but the cistern is full of water which i use for gardening"
Mar 14, 2014
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Leah; Might I humbly suggest moving the washroom? Aside from the weight on the wet timbers, if the machine leaks, you will have an unusable cistern!  And perhaps a contractor can chime in here; can the timbers be isolated from the damp of the…"
Mar 13, 2014
Kari Dunn replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Would anyone be willing to post pictures of their cisterns, or at least their holding tanks in the attic?  I have one, and I'll post a picture of mine!"
Mar 12, 2014
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"I know exactly what you are talking about!    Our house had a system like that.  Much is still there - a cistern out side now filled with rubble, a well filled with sand, a metal tank in the attic with float and fuse box and another…"
Mar 12, 2014

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Tell us about yourself:
Just took on a ca. 1827 Brick Federal that was the "Iron Master's" personal home. The furnace foundations still stand, but the company store, company post office and company schoolhouse are either gone or reduced to rough outlines in the ground. We love old houses, and have dreamed of a project like this. Now we are wondering if we should have been careful what we wished for!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
The Iron Master's house will be my 5th restoration project, but my first federal. I've done everything from a brick victorian to a New Mexico colonial adobe, but I'm out of my depth here. I'm going to be begging for help! Built in 1827, I believe it's been thoroughly "remuddled" in the 1850's (?). I'm trying to envision what the original floor plan must have looked like!

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At 1:04pm on February 18, 2011, Mike Greene said…
I used to own The Iron Master's Inn in Pittsford 84-88. There is a book in the Pittsford Library on "Granger" The Smith Family updated the place in the 1850"s. There is a picture in that book that showes the earlier house and it was a story and 1/2. I think they added the full second story and attic. The second story is post and beam construction as the posts show in the corners of the bedroons. very strange. I think when they added on they used older methods and some of the doors are federal. most of the main rooms were Victorianised. The house was in the Smith family for a hundred years or so and Alan Hitchcock bougth it with approx. 70 acres. he sold it to me the next year with just the 3 acres. Let me know how you are doing.  PS. I replaced the 14 ft columns in the front with copies I ordered from PA. Oh yeah Perry King's family owned it for a summer house before Hitchcock bought it...
At 1:07pm on February 18, 2011, Mike Greene said…
I named the Inn. was considering "The Iron Munger's Inn" as he was called at the turn if the 19th century.

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