"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"I can remember removing a couple over the years. In both cases there were wires attached to the back of the surround leading back to the stone where they were wrapped around a square nail. If I remember right there were 4 wires, 2 on…"
We've a fireplace in the main room, which I suspect was re-built at some point (given how new the firebrick in the hearth looks, as well as the condition of the main surround/facade, which appears to be stone of some kind. Hard to tell what kind of stone, since it's been painted and there's no place I can easily drill or chip away at it with a chisel to figure out the stone's identity.From marks left on the main surround, it's clear that at some point the previous owner had installed a cast…See More
"Glad it worked out for you. I have a Harbor freight one and I also have a Fein, I think that's the name. When I need to use it I always go for the H F one. It works as good as the $400 fein and the blades are 1/4 the price. I…"
"I'll have to track down the later Moss/Winkler books. Maybe I just mis-read them.
But I have to say that in my small-ish NE Ohio town, we've maybe 15 to 25 extant houses built before 1900. Excluding the larger brick and/or…"
"We've an 1865 Carpenter Gothic. To quote This Old House "In the mid-1800s, when Italianate and Second Empire houses started dotting America, paint colors were muted and earthy owing to their natural pigments. By the 1880s, when the…"
Have you a citation for further reading on the actual colors used, ref'ed in your third para, as opposed to what was previously thought were the colors used?
This is mostly curiousity asking, since we had our house…"
"Couple of notes: the archive dates this to 1910. Also, I suspect most well-informed people here would agree with you that the current paint manufacturers' 'historic' colors are little more than guesses based more on marketing than on…"
"I use a multi-tool. There are several on the market and they come in real handy. I have seen them for several hundred dollars and some for 50 dollars. I have both and don't see much difference in the way they work. I do…"
So here's my problem: I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in place...cat pee..don't ask...ughh). Unfortunately, after the underlayment was put in, someone re-partitioned the space and also installed several built-in cabinets on top of the underlayment. So in order to get he underlayment out, I either have to rip out several cabinets and walls, including studs, or I have to figure out how to cut the underlayment where it intersects each wall…See More
"People often used floor cloths back then, which are remarkably easy to make using a canvas dropcloth from any hardware retailer. But if you don't want to go that route, I agree with Lair, since almost any refinishing is going to cause…"
"I did this in my 1909 four square. Watered down drywall compound(mud) and rolled on the walls with a 3/4 nap roller. It makes the wall look like it was plaster. Plus it is so easy to do and goes on even. Can't see any imperfections in the walls."