Mr. Charles ANTHONY
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Wood Pros- Help requested!  This writer is possessed of an 1860's Cape style house, modified in 1889 to become an "I" house which it remains. I am remodeling the "Saturday Night Fever"…Continue

Started Jul 3

Removing interior millwork
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Readers;  Here is one for the fussy pros.  I have a room with softwood millwork around the windows, a chair rail to hide the seam of the sheetrock(how clever, no tape or ect) some dandy moldings at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Franz Mar 11, 2016.

Cellulose Question
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Readers; Here is one for the Pros.  In the great world of DIY the vendors 'fall all over ; the glories of cellulose  insulation. That stuff is newsprint which was once a tree, hence the name.  Now is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY Sep 15, 2015.

New Closet/Plaster/House history lesson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY Aug 24, 2015.

 

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Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"OK Dave, its been a while, long enough to see what ho! with your mystery items. This writer is quite curious as to what you may have found. This is not Suspense Theater- tell us what you may have found. RSVP"
Jul 18
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"Greetings; Thanks for the update. And here I will admit I was 'as thick as a whale omelet", the water coming into the cellar comes from outside run off, hence the cement 'patch job'.  Am  right in thinking the mystery…"
Jul 3
Mr. Charles ANTHONY posted a discussion

pie timbers

Wood Pros- Help requested!  This writer is possessed of an 1860's Cape style house, modified in 1889 to become an "I" house which it remains. I am remodeling the "Saturday Night Fever" redecorations{Z-brick etc} in the dining room. In the doing of I found the original Hackmatack Pine Timbers, I think I have the pine type correct. They were covered with 1in & 1/2 thick plywood, and then Masonite and plastic wallpaper! I wish to leave them exposed. Aside from sanding them to get the roughness…See More
Jul 3
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"1st problem- guessing.  Check some background and do some research before you find a better door. My 1860 house is full of oddities, the current front door is circa 1970 steel!  The original front door would face the present Morning Room.…"
Jul 2
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"Dave; I'll 'bet a dozen dough-knots' I know what it is.  the clew is in the black woven material in the 1st image. What you have is the grounding wire for the now missing lightning rod that was once on the Turret Roof at the…"
Jul 2
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Alison Keay's discussion Sandbox in the attic?
"Charon LeFleur(what a grand French Name!) Your comment ,be it late, is also welcomed. Your last sentence is, by my sure knowledge, as true as the next sunrise will be in the East. I could wear out my welcome here if I related even a 10th of…"
Mar 18, 2016
Franz replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Removing interior millwork
"Dollar General is your friend here. A pair of wide putty knives and a jiffy bar. Bend the handles on the putty knives so you can work them in between wallboard and molding, then push the jiffy bar between the 2 blades and separate. It's the…"
Mar 11, 2016
Lair Tienter replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Removing interior millwork
"I have a sheet of iron about 6" X 12" and about as thick as glass and I use a wonder bar to pry against it when it is flat on the dry wall.  If that is too difficult I resort to my reciprocating saw with a metal cutting…"
Mar 10, 2016
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Removing interior millwork
"Caseypratt;  Thanks for the tip on tools. I never knew that such things exist.  Drywall may be 'cheap and repairable' but I'd rather not demolish 100 feet of the stuff. And on  my fixed income, 'it ain't…"
Mar 10, 2016
caseypratt replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Removing interior millwork
"I use japanese fishtail trim bars and 3" stiff putty knives to loosen trim. Drywall is cheap and…"
Mar 10, 2016
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Matthew's discussion Why is there a giant hole in.my basement floor?
"This writer concurs with "Franz" some sort of old well, 'remuddled' thru the years. Dig out the 'crap' carefully. You may find some clews to the house in the old well- china dishes, silverware and the like.  I have…"
Mar 9, 2016
Mr. Charles ANTHONY posted a discussion

Removing interior millwork

Readers;  Here is one for the fussy pros.  I have a room with softwood millwork around the windows, a chair rail to hide the seam of the sheetrock(how clever, no tape or ect) some dandy moldings at the ceiling-wall junction. The work was done circa 1970 and "X" number of coats of paint to now, on the wallboard.  Query:  How do I remove the very fine and expensive millwork trims WITHOUT causeing damage to--The soft sheetrock--2 the fancy softwood millwork?  I would not take it off at all if I…See More
Mar 9, 2016
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Cellulose Question
"Thank you- a very good, well reasoned answer.  Then I guess it is back to the commercial product! With Thanks CSA"
Sep 15, 2015
caseypratt replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Cellulose Question
"I think your fire insurance company would have some input. Cellulose has been chemically treated (borax?) to be fire resistant. We once worked on a turkey barn that had the brooder house section "insulated" with the floor sweeping from a…"
Sep 14, 2015
Mr. Charles ANTHONY posted a discussion

Cellulose Question

Readers; Here is one for the Pros.  In the great world of DIY the vendors 'fall all over ; the glories of cellulose  insulation. That stuff is newsprint which was once a tree, hence the name.  Now is there a reason, beyond commercial greed, why you could not insulate a building with wood shavings, i.e. cellulose without the ink, instead of the commercial product? Any thoughts, asks:Mr.C.AnthonySee More
Sep 13, 2015
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Alison Keay's discussion Sandbox in the attic?
"Alison; I & this Forum are glad to help when we can, but note, check all information independently, from wherever it comes, and on what subject   As Ever CSA"
Aug 27, 2015

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Tell us about yourself:
This writer is a VietNam Vet, a retired NELMA Lumber Inspector,a DIY sort of chap, and a retired Living History Presenter. He is possessed of and by a Wife, one kinder, 04 grandchildren + one great -grand child. At present he enjoys life in the slow lane, with a few pets.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
This writer grew up in a circa 1890 Shingle Style Grand Seacoast home, and is now the owner of an 1860 -I- House, which has been remodeled -or re-muddled - & would like to 'find' the old house.

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