Lorraine Nacey
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  • Leechburg, PA
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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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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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