Lorraine Nacey
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Restoring a log house
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I am uncovering logs from early 1800's and need to figure out the best way to clean them

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Nacey Apr 12.

 

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Lorraine Nacey replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Here are a few pics"
Apr 12
Pamela Logan replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"remember, water is the enemy.  I wouldn't go any further with water.  especially in the inside.  those logs don't look sealed, and they wouldn't be on the inside.  be very careful when it comes to water and wood."
Apr 11
Lorraine Nacey replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"I am using a regular scrub brush and water after vacuuming thoroughly. Lots of work but the logs are in great shape for being so old"
Apr 11
Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Pamela's right. If a wire brush is in your future, use a brass wire brush. I would do a few tests first."
Apr 11
Pamela Logan replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Those are hand hewn logs.  Don't use a wire brush - you'll crape the wood.  I have a log home - I know how to care for them. "
Apr 11
Lorraine Nacey replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Well I got it to post in photos anyway. I am guessing the house to be from about 1820's or 30's but haven't tracked the deeds all the way back past 1860. I found 2 dead bats and a massive hornet nest in the logs. I was going to try…"
Apr 11
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Apr 11
Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
" although chinking is the commonly used term, I learned thru the historic state fund, that the term dobbing is the correct term.  The fund shared that chinking is the scrapes place between the logs to hold the dobbing in place.  I…"
Apr 11
Lorraine Nacey replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Thanks. I am just doing the interior part so no chinking will be put back in unless I do a mortar and stone on the lowest layer of logs. How do you get a picture to post btw?"
Apr 11
Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"a corn broom used to sweep and a vacuum as mentioned above.  If you dub with lime and sand mixture be careful and ware good full rubber gloves to protect your hands.  The lime mix or bucket of lime water rinse will slowly burn your skin"
Apr 9
Pamela Logan replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"That's a tough one.   Get a good brush on your vacuum and use that.  My fiance has a log cabin.  It really is the best way to clean logs.  Just vacuum them."
Apr 8
Lorraine Nacey replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Sorry....a log house, just the interior"
Apr 2
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Restoring a log house

I am uncovering logs from early 1800's and need to figure out the best way to clean them
Apr 2
Lorraine Nacey replied to Jacqueline Whitesell's discussion Ideas for finding salvaged kitchen cabinets? Vintage 1920's?
"sounds great. cant wait to see pictures. I would like to redo my kitchen but it was built around 1805 and is log. I would have to go really primitive and I am not sure I like the extreme primative look"
Apr 9, 2012
Lorraine Nacey replied to Jacqueline Whitesell's discussion Ideas for finding salvaged kitchen cabinets? Vintage 1920's?
"my apollo house is the same way. butlers pantry is now first floor laundry and powder room. In answer to custom cabinets in different styles, there was a company at the home show that will build just about anything that you want, and they looked…"
Apr 9, 2012
Lorraine Nacey replied to Liz's discussion Why did you buy your house?
"well it looks like my daughter will be moving into the house in apollo now, so I will be flipping the one she is in in Tarentum. That one is more of a dutch gambrel type, 1920 I think but I already have a tenant for it. I already put in some…"
Apr 9, 2012

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enjoys working in and restoring old houses
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have remodeled a 1910 bungalow, a 1900 victorian, a 1940 craftsman style, and have an 1870 red brick school that i am starting on. I live in an early 1800's log house that I want to restore in my "free time" also.

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At 4:02pm on April 5, 2012, Will H said…

Hey! You live across the bridge from me! I would greatly appriciate any advice you can give me as it seems you really know what your doing!

At 6:08pm on April 5, 2012, Lorraine Nacey said…
what are you working on? I am juggling two or three right now but I love to hear what everyone else is doing.
At 7:58pm on April 5, 2012, Will H said…

Well I'm working on wiring and trying to get the last of the stuff for my bathroom to get redone because it's the first room I need to do (the plumbing for the run needs redone). I'm also working on my garage and when the warm weather hits, it's back to painting outside. Too much to do! lol

At 6:41am on April 6, 2012, Lorraine Nacey said…
oddly enough i love the painting part. i get a contractor for the wiring and plumbing stuff. I am pretty decent with tile, but have only done two projects with tile. Where do you get the plumbing for the clawfoot? That is almost as expensive as the tub. I an doing a separate shower to avoid the hanging curtain rods to make the clawfoot double as a shower.
At 10:38am on April 7, 2012, Will H said…
Well I picked up the tub yesterday and it doesn't need reglazed and is in great shape! You're right about the plumbing though. I'm looking at a tub/shower set up and it's over $800! I'll undoubtedly get it but still! My buddy is an electrician and works on my place in his spare time so that's been very helpful. As for plumbing, I'm not sure who to contact as of yet. I know as far as replastering the bathroom I'm going to call Schreckengost's Plastering to get an estimate. They did my neighbor's house and did an amazing job.
At 5:46pm on April 7, 2012, Lorraine Nacey said…
you are really fortunate to not need a reglazing. build.com has some plumbing for claw foot tubs. you can get really crazy with those. is your house plaster over wood lathe? My project in Oakmont has it and we ended up blowing in 28 bags of insulation then reskimmed the plaster. It can be a pain, but I'm getting used to it
At 6:16pm on April 7, 2012, Will H said…

It sure is! I'm have to rip mine all down as it's crumbling so it's not worth trying to salvage. The current debate is plaster or drywall. I'm leaning towards plaster because it's more durable and period correct. The lathe will be going as well so when it does I'll insulate behind it and hang green board.

At 6:55pm on April 7, 2012, Lorraine Nacey said…
best choice to get rid of it all and insulate. I chose plaster because it was cheaper for me than the estimate I got on drywall, but I had it skip troweled not smooth. smooth coat is more. Plaster is more durable and seals it a bit better, so if you can find a good plasterer, I would probably chose plaster too.

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