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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 on Thursday.

Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Oct 8, 2014.

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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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…"
Thursday
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…"
Thursday
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
Wednesday
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
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014

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