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  • Kent, OH
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Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Oct 8.

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

Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Grudecki Jun 4.

 

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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."
Friday
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…"
Friday
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
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
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
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
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
"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…"
Oct 8
Richard Pryor posted a discussion

Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?

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
Oct 8
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion what tool to use to cut underlayment?
"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…"
Sep 24
Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion what tool to use to cut underlayment?
"Lair - Thanks for the tip.  Bought one of the Harbor Freight ones and used it.  Worked perfectly for what I needed it to do. Richard"
Sep 23
Richard Pryor replied to Ed Ferris's discussion Some authentic color schemes
"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…"
Sep 10
Richard Pryor replied to Ed Ferris's discussion Some authentic color schemes
"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…"
Sep 10
Richard Pryor replied to Ed Ferris's discussion Some authentic color schemes
"Stonehouseguy - 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…"
Sep 10
Richard Pryor replied to Ed Ferris's discussion Some authentic color schemes
"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…"
Sep 9
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion what tool to use to cut underlayment?
"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…"
Sep 2
Richard Pryor posted a discussion

what tool to use to cut underlayment?

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
Sep 1

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