"Bump to this excellent topic on historic house plaques. They make a great holiday gift for him, her, or house. Don't need exact date, that is the reason for putting "circa" or c. on the sign. Attaching a photo of a hand painted…"
"If they are of the steel era, then they were probably copper plated with chemical darkening to create a black streaked on copper look (sometimes this is improperly called a "jappaned look," I think that it was called "old copper"…"
"Most likely when new, everything was plated the same.
I have discovered that all my original hardware from doorknobs to cabinet latches & hinges were copper plated.
Some of it was plated steel and some was plated brass.
"The consensus seems to be to not clear coat the hardware, and I agree. I've always been a fan of letting things take on their naturally acquired patinas. Even polishing takes away this years-acquired process. I have, however,…"
"Thanks for your response, Jane.
Perchance, can you point me towards any references about historic landscaping?
I'm interested in learning about when foundation planting was encouraged. References are few and far between. Rows of annual bedding…"
"About ten years ago, I got 6" half-round copper gutters from the same company featured on This Old House. They are based in Michigan... nice people too.
They are heavy gauge and easy to install with stainless…"
"I was told one needs gutters to keep all the moisture away from the foundation. In the winter the snow melts during the day and runs off on the ground. It soaks into the ground causing a wet foundation. Then comes the cold and heaves and expands,…"
"You do not want water running down the sides of your house or after it hits the ground splashing back up onto your wood frame. If you have a decent overhang on your roof - 16" where I live - the rain will usually hit the ground about 12"…"
"Why do I need gutters on my house?
My house presently has gutters and downspouts that are pretty well clogged up with composting leaves. The house was unoccupied for five years before I purchased it.
I've climbed out of a window onto one of…"
"I had gutters put on my house after my new roof was put on. I chose the seamless gutters. It looks like you have crown moulding on your eves which I didn't. When choosing gutters I picked one that looked as much like crown moulding as they had.…"
"I would not go to any great lengths to replace the aluminum guttering. And I definitely would avoid vinyl. The zinc galvanized gutters would look pretty nice and would be paintable (definitely get 1/2 round style). I paint my galvanized gutters to…"
The only gutter on my house is over my front porch -- or, it was there, until roofers removed it a year ago while redoing the roof, and then never put it back up. They claim it's too old and in bad shape, and we should get a new one anyway. I was at work; my husband agreed with them. A piece of the wood trim (which was probably rotted) broke off and fell to the ground. My husband tacked it back up, but we know we need new trim up there.The gutter is white painted (aluminum?)…See More
"Deed history is a good winter project, good busy work, as the saying goes.
You mentioned in first post you had started some research on house ownership. Assuming you mean tracing the deeds back. Where does that stand? Get to the handwritten deed…"