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Richard Pryor
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  • Kent, OH
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Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Jan 22.

Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pryor Feb 8.

what tool to use to cut underlayment?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 24, 2014.

 

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Richard Pryor replied to KenK's discussion Scaffolds, or pump jacks
"Scaffolding is intuitively obvious to erect. I don't know about the price, though. Places do rent it, so if you want to go that route it's easy to set up and use. You can compare the rental price versus the price a contractor would…"
Friday
Richard Pryor replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"One thing you might want to consider.  Apparently it wasn't all that uncommon for Victorian porches to have their ceiling s painted a sky blue.  When we had our house repainted last year we had that done, and it looks great."
Apr 17
Richard Pryor replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Two quick questions
"Re the wallpaper: you can do it, although it MIGHT be quite time consuming and labor intensive.  Our first house had 3 or 4 layers of wallpaper with about 2 or 3 layers of paint over that, and it was a major pain in the tuchis.  At that…"
Feb 8
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
"Thanks both Ty and Lair.  You're right, there are eyelets on the back of the cast iron which call for a wired connection to the firebox.  Unfortunately, the previous owner mortared/cemented over the hooks/connectors which would have…"
Feb 8
Ty Ely replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
"1890 home with six fireplaces and each with the original metal surround used as part of the original ceramic gas heaters. Lair is correct. Each metal surround should have two or four eyelets on the inside or back. You just need a hook, eye bolt or…"
Feb 8
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
"It looks to me to be Faux marble.  I have seen hundreds of mantels similar to yours that were all painted slate. I never had much luck stripping them so you could use the original finish.  Using denature alcohol I…"
Jan 22
Steve Jordan replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
"These old mantles and surrounds were marbleized by the same process used for marbled paper. The pieces were lowered by crane into a tank of water with oil paints floating on top. The paint was manipulated with chemical additives or tools to look…"
Jan 21
Richard Pryor posted a discussion

Scaglola? and what to do if it is?

So here's the backstory: 1860's house, with what I suspect may be the original fireplace surround in it. The previous owner over-painted the surround grayish black, and I believe installed a new mantel. It looks as though the overpainting was done to tie the newer mantel in with the original surround, because from what little I've managed to see, the material of the mantel doesn't match the material of the surround.When he over-painted the surround, he didn't paint the first inch at the hearth,…See More
Jan 21
Richard Pryor replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"Was the laundry room always a laundry room? If it were just the one pipe coming in, I would say it was a dry well for your gutters. Do you have hard water? If so, maybe it's a mini-cistern to use naturally soft rain water for laundry or…"
Jan 19
Richard Pryor replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"My browser at least isn't showing the picture.  To a large extent, what the pipe may be depends on the age, location and history of the house.  For example, we have a 1865 house, with a large cistern directly adjacent which was…"
Jan 16
Richard Pryor replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
"And, the overarching rule: It's not just a house, it's a calling."
Nov 21, 2014
Richard Pryor replied to Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith's discussion wood epoxy
"I'm pretty fond of RotFix and Sculpwood putty, both of which I used on exterior partially rotted columns, the first to stabilize the rotting wood and the second of which I used to reconstruct the lost portions. Of course, after they were…"
Nov 21, 2014
Richard Pryor replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"Three rather off-the-wall suggestions: 1) Paint the unfinished portions of the floor with a pattern (checkerboard, stripes or other, for which you can use a stencil if you like) and then poly over the paint. this will look kind of good and offer…"
Oct 18, 2014
Richard Pryor replied to Tempwave's discussion Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home
"Use a band saw if you've got a woodworking friend handy.  Otherwise, use a hand-held jigsaw with a new long  blade and clamp the wood securely to keep it from shifting during cutting.  I guess you could use a hand coping saw, but…"
Oct 15, 2014
Richard Pryor replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Historic Looking Stock Cabinets?
"I don't know what your current cabinets look like, but we basically pulled the doors off ours, repainted the boxes, and then just installed new doors inset into the boxes. We used new H hinges and spring catches, and it looks great. It's a…"
Oct 14, 2014
Richard Pryor replied to Bo Sullivan's discussion Period Kitchen Designer in Toledo?
"You should check out David Smith, located kind of between Dayton and Cincinnati (website here https://www.davidtsmith.com/newsite/home.asp ), who's gotten some really positive write-ups.  Looks like he focuses more on houses older than…"
Oct 12, 2014

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