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Remediation of Bat Guano
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Anyone have experience addressing a significant amount of bat guano in a residential attic?  My research (and the Department of Health) points toward Haz-Mat requirements for abatement, including…Continue

Tags: Guano, Bat

Started this discussion. Last reply by KenK Apr 27, 2011.

Floor plan for 1850s Temple Style Side Hall Greek Revival
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My husband and I are looking at considering the purchase of a 1858 brick Temple Style Greek Revival home, but the floor plan has been modified.  The front entry hall has been truncated (to add a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Naveed Jul 15, 2010.

Gold Medallion Home

I am looking for a "Gold Medallion Home" doorbell escutcheon.  The original said "Gold Medallion Home....for the energy conscious" and had a cool emblem that had something to do with electricity.

Tags: doorbell, Medallion, Gold

Started Jan 28, 2010

 

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M. O'Neil replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"This is one of the most fun project assignments for a preservation consultant, appropriately trained. The analysis is called microscopy, and essentially is taking small samples, mounting in a medium and examining under a multi powered microscope. I…"
May 20, 2015
M. O'Neil replied to Chris's discussion Help dating timbers in old house.
"I would recommend Abbott Lowell Cummings' "The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay 1625-1725". The illustrations of framing will help you understand the evolution of your home. Historic New England could provide you assistance with…"
May 20, 2015
M. O'Neil replied to Melissa Braxton Ramp's discussion Renovation Planning
"Hi Melissa!  Nancy and Lair (as usual) are right on the money.  After addressing critical or safety related issues, take your time.  Have you seen "Under the Tuscan Sun"? Move slowly through the house, and let it speak to…"
Jan 6, 2014
M. O'Neil replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Houses With Names
"Hang in there.  I once worked on a project where the city was clamouring to tear down a bar that had introduced a lot of negative activity in a neighborhood.  Research showed that it was a pre-1815 home of two prominent ship captains that…"
Dec 4, 2013
M. O'Neil replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Houses With Names
"Hi Cat, Funny to read your inquiry today.  I was just lamenting that the local college has the notion to "name" their buildings after major donors or recent presidents.  Laughable, with a sense of hubris.  These are historic…"
Dec 4, 2013
M. O'Neil replied to Melissa Braxton Ramp's discussion The House I just bought!!!
"Hi Melissa, What a beautiful home!  My take is a little different - I see a Folk Victorian; characterized by the simple house form (here - pyramidal roof, with a typical gable front and wing addition.)  The style is defined by the presence…"
Dec 4, 2013
KenK replied to M. O'Neil's discussion Remediation of Bat Guano
"I've never removed bad guano, but have worked in contaminated water full of biohazards & chemicals. I did a quick search and nothing showed up for bat removal in Vermont. I really do wonder what folks did in the early days with removal ???…"
Apr 27, 2011
M. O'Neil posted a discussion

Remediation of Bat Guano

Anyone have experience addressing a significant amount of bat guano in a residential attic?  My research (and the Department of Health) points toward Haz-Mat requirements for abatement, including insured, vaccinated contractors, specialized handling, bagging and disposal, removal of existing and installation of new insulation, and deodorization. Any good advice out there? And where do you find qualified contractors to do this type of work?
Apr 22, 2011
M. O'Neil replied to Clare Alexander's discussion Got a time capsule?
"BTW, love your comments, Lair. I work with contractors a lot and have heard funny stories about items found on project sites, but nothing like that.  Usually it is a report card, newspaper, or small item of clothing. Your story offers solace,…"
Apr 15, 2011
M. O'Neil replied to Clare Alexander's discussion Got a time capsule?
"Yep, we placed one about 13 years ago in our home after we opened up some walls and a gable during remodeling.  Everybody got to add something. There was a family photograph (with everyone identified), report cards, a full set of currency…"
Apr 15, 2011
M. O'Neil replied to Diana's discussion Are "Historic" Homes Worth Less?
"By the way, Diana, we recently listed a historic district within which was a residential building that had been moved to the parcel decades ago.  (Moved at the beginning of Urban Renewal.  Imagine!) As long as it is part of the story, and…"
Mar 21, 2011
M. O'Neil replied to Diana's discussion Are "Historic" Homes Worth Less?
"Man, my blood is boiling. You have yourself a pencil-headed idiot that places real estate value on mass-market, consumer oriented retail rather than the authority of community valued heritage. He needs an education, and you need another…"
Mar 21, 2011
M. O'Neil replied to McCall Emerald's discussion Has anyone used a garment steamer to steam off paint?
"I once used a garment steamer to separate 13 layers of historic wallpaper off some building components that were removed in demolition. I found it successful, in that I wasn't trying to wreck the stuff, but carefully (and rather slowly) remove…"
Nov 7, 2010
M. O'Neil replied to Nancy's discussion Historic Home Plaques -- yes/no?
"Sorry to be a little late to the conversation, but have loved the conversation stream. I am glad that Sean explained the Salem signage. I did an internship in Salem many years ago, and one of the most lasting memories I have is of walking along the…"
Nov 7, 2010
M. O'Neil replied to Leasa Greene's discussion New entry door - help me choose today please
""Houses By Mail" by Katherine Cole Stevenson and H. Ward Jandl is pretty comprehensive for Sears, but individual annual catalogs are often available on-line as Dover re-prints."
Oct 12, 2010
M. O'Neil replied to Leasa Greene's discussion New entry door - help me choose today please
"Sears had a number of homes similarly styled; almost all of them had partial or full front porches and interesting elaboration of beltcourses, banding and the like. The dates would fit too; Sears #36 was offered as early as 1908; #117 by 1911, #195…"
Oct 8, 2010

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