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  • Kent, OH
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My problem: Crooked screen door frame
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Oct 27.

new counters in a kitchen
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pryor May 23, 2015.

Scagliola? and what to do if it is?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Jan 22, 2015.

 

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Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion My problem: Crooked screen door frame
"My first question is where did you get the tape measure?  I have been using them for 65 years and have never seen one with decimal points.  When woodworking you only need one that measurers up to the sixteenths.  Another thing I need…"
Oct 27
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My problem: Crooked screen door frame

So here's my problem: My main exterior door was re-framed at some point before I bought the house. It's fine.But the screen door, oy! I finally had to pull it off, since whoever hung it didn't have enough frame on which to fully hang the hinges, meaning that the hinges would pull out every single year, and no matter how I tried to re-build or reinforce the frame, they wouldn't last.So I finally pulled the old screen door off, and discovered that the entire screen door frame is skewed. The…See More
Oct 26
Richard Pryor replied to Peter Mack's discussion Historic Paint?
"Generally, milk paint is like any other lime-based paint, and is very matte.  One way to figure out what kind of paint it is is to try different thinners/removers on it.  If you wet a sanding sponge with water, then alcohol, then mineral…"
Oct 4
Richard Pryor replied to Bob Mason's discussion could these maybe be Portieres?
"The site was down for a while and I couldn't respond earlier.  But I'd always thought of portieres as being full length drape-like pieces of fabric which were used to prevent drafts.  these look more like decorative draperies…"
Oct 4
Richard Pryor replied to Ryan Hill's discussion Need Help Identifying Age of Home
"I'm presuming, from the amount of work you've already done, that you also checked with your local historical society?  At least in our case I went through all the old photos in their files and found a dated picture of the town in…"
Sep 13
Richard Pryor replied to Ryan Hill's discussion Need Help Identifying Age of Home
"Don't bother doing it this way with pictures.  An afternoon spent at the local property records office should allow you to pin down the age of the house to within 5 years.  If it's the age I think, it's quite possible it was…"
Sep 9
Richard Pryor replied to Dru's discussion Re-finishing old plaster walls
"For the drywall walls, before you do anything else, use Zinzzser (sp?) Gardz to stabilize the drywall. It's designed to lock any old wallpaper paste in place, and coats any damaged drywall paper so that it'll hold paint or any skim coating…"
Jun 8
Richard Pryor replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Shingle Style Lighting
"You might check out architectural style books from that era. We've got a bunch at our public library. Dover books also publishers some out of copyright styles books from various eras. Also, check out rejuvenation.com, who have some lighting…"
Jun 7
Richard Pryor replied to Sidonie McDaniel's discussion Looking for this wallpaper pattern
"Often times there's a some leftover wallpaper after a papering job. If you have any lying around, the info about manufacturer and name would be printed on the back of the remaining roll(s)"
Jun 7
Richard Pryor replied to J. Frenchy's discussion Home Inspection on an 1890 Home
"Like Phil said, definitely you need to find out about lead paint. Also 2 or 3 other points. First, 'updated' can mean a lot of different things. Anywhere from "well, we put in new kitchen appliances and cabinets" to "every…"
Feb 28
Richard Pryor replied to Daria Kachmar's discussion Recommendation for wood kitchen counter
"I tend to be dubious about putting different chemicals or epoxy onto something that will be at some point presumably be in contact with food.You might want to check the John Boos web site (here:…"
Feb 6
Richard Pryor replied to Andy Streenz's discussion Odd 1885 window lock
"Another suggestion might be to leave a "call me if you find these" order with architectural salvage joints. They have stuff going through their stores all the time. Here in Ohio there are 2, one in Columbus and one in Toledo. The one in…"
Oct 26, 2015
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"Casey - Thanks for mentioning the Ohio lumber folks.  Turns out they're about 45 minutes from where we live.  I'm definitely going to check them out!"
May 23, 2015
caseypratt replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"I wanted to use only the kind of finish materials that would have been available 110 years ago, so granite was out, wood and soapstone for counter tops was in; the Alberene Soapstone quarry is 150 miles give-or-take from my house, and they have been…"
May 23, 2015
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"Slate isn't really available out here unless you pay serious bucks.  I'm pricing out granite and soapstone, although I'd much prefer soapstone.  It's looking more as though the zinc notion isn't really do-able,…"
May 23, 2015
Phil replied to Richard Pryor's discussion new counters in a kitchen
"We use a small (also slate) back splash right behind our sink.  Everywhere else we just used beadboard between the counters and the cupboards."
May 23, 2015

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