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FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
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I have 2 brass gaslights from the late 19th Century.  Perfect for OHJ enthusiasts who wants an authentic look and feel to their home.  One light is a 3-arm up, the other has 3-arms up and 3-down.…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Himmel Apr 7, 2013.

 

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Richard Himmel replied to Mal & Greg's discussion An Appropriate Lime Mortar Mix Recipe for Ontario Canada Climate?
"All the old mortars had cement in them, its the proportion of lime that made it compatible with old brick that wasn't fired to the high temperatures of todays brick.  As a result, the old stuff will spall crack and loose its face if too…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Mal & Greg's discussion An Appropriate Lime Mortar Mix Recipe for Ontario Canada Climate?
"This is the recipe we used in the East Row Historic District in Newport, KY.  However, in our area most homes have 19th century brick.  I don't know if you must use the same care with slate.  Nevertheless, here is our recipe for…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Camilla Marshall's discussion Restoring stained woodwork
"I also had an 1896 house that had original wood nearly untouched by a paint brush (1 door).  They used Shellac and Spar Varnish in those days but the latter mostly on exposed outdoor locations.  You can test this by putting mineral spirits…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Dublin1982's discussion How Do I Mount An Antique Slate Fireplace Surround To The Wall?
"I restored 4 Rookwood fireplaces in my house and all the slate was attached with mortar.  So, the thin set idea you received from Dublin is close.  However, caulk isn't strong enough to stand the weight.  You can use old brick as…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Sandy's discussion WIndows painted shut
"No tricks to getting them unstuck.  Use a utility knife to do your best to cut thru the caulk and try not to damage the tracks that the windows run in.  Its hard work so take it slowly and you will also need the help of a pry bar to nudge…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Richard Himmel's discussion FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
"Hi Sandy, Both lights are available.  Please email or call me directly for pricing and more detail.  There are bonus features for each light that make these lights very desirable for collectors and people who are interested in authenticity…"
Apr 7, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Richard Himmel's discussion FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
"I've added a picture of each.  Both are working gas lights as you can see and are set up for 10' ceilings.  If you have further interest please contact me directly thru email or phone."
Jan 20, 2013
Phil replied to Richard Himmel's discussion FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
"I am always on the look for nice old gas lights.  Others may not know how nice they would be for their house until they see pictures.  But in my case, I have already installed converted gas lights in most rooms of my house, so they have to…"
Jan 20, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Richard Himmel's discussion FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
"Are you personally interested in these lights?"
Jan 20, 2013
Phil replied to Richard Himmel's discussion FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)
"Sounds interesting.  But you really should post pictures and prices if you want to stir interest on this site! "
Jan 19, 2013
Richard Himmel posted a discussion

FOR SALE: Solid brass gas lights (2)

I have 2 brass gaslights from the late 19th Century.  Perfect for OHJ enthusiasts who wants an authentic look and feel to their home.  One light is a 3-arm up, the other has 3-arms up and 3-down.  Pictures of each are attached.  For more details contact me at: rhimmel@centurylink.net or call 303 453-1975.See More
Jan 19, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Kimm's discussion The 19th century Queen Anne
"A lot of information and pictures can be obtained in books at your local library.  When my wife and I purchased a 1896 home in Newport, KY, she found one that not only had lots of pictures but also went into detail on how the Victorians lived.…"
Jan 19, 2013
Richard Himmel replied to Ken Overfelt's discussion Lime Mortor
"I hope I'm not too late to reply to this.  The formula below was used extensively in the East Row Historic District in Newport, KY while I lived there.  Tuck pointing the brick on an old house is tedious work and being careful to make…"
Jul 17, 2011
Richard Himmel replied to bryan michael's discussion Refinishing door
"Good to know that Varnish or Poly will go over Shellac.  The application of 2-3 coats of Linseed Oil or Linseed cut w/Turpentine should solve the replenishment of the wood problem w/o further attention.  Besides, oil based products are…"
May 4, 2011
Richard Himmel left a comment for PStewart
"I don't know how this friend thing works so you may want to help me out a bit. The 3 lights I have are solid brass that I acquired while restoring my home in Newport, Kentucky.  It began as a curiosity and developed into a hobby.  By…"
Apr 30, 2011
Richard Himmel replied to bryan michael's discussion Refinishing door
"Phil has a good point.  "Spar Varnish" is probably a better choice for the final finish because of its legendary hardness.  A couple of coats should do the trick. As an aside:  The Victorians used a lot of "soft"…"
Apr 30, 2011

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Spent 6.5 years restoring an 1896 Italianate in Newport, KY. Gaslight hobbyist and collector. Gaslights are like lakefront property - when they're gone, they're gone.

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