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caseypratt replied to June Cotton's discussion Front porch decisions and woes 1794 House
"I'm not seeing anything that would be 200 years old. I'm seeing a simple farmhouse with an Italianate-era cornice. (1850-85) Maybe some older cabin is hidden under the side "addition".  The 2/2 windows are very…"
Jan 1
caseypratt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"I have worked on two structures with this feature in the same village. (Waterford, VA.) For sure would not meet code today. For hat reason would code-compliance compelled them to do this to your place? Was it made into a B&B or apartments…"
Nov 12, 2018
caseypratt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Open it back up. Windows behind staircases is very common. Very awesome stick/Eastlake trim in your house."
Nov 11, 2018
caseypratt replied to RAH's discussion Brick Repair
"Does the brick in that infilled wall (with the window) match the original? If it did, take the wall out and use the brick to fix your columns. I assume they were originally L-shape?"
Sep 2, 2018
caseypratt replied to Eric Kelly's discussion Figure out age of small timber framed cape
"Looks like somebody made that with a skilsaw circa 1977."
Aug 21, 2018
caseypratt replied to Tom Price's discussion Sill beam replacement
Aug 4, 2018
caseypratt replied to Daniel Jones's discussion 1920s Plaster Restoration
"Get some wire lath, structolite, Plasterweld and do the scratch coats/brown coats on the bare lath and brick. Once you have rodded the patches flat you will have some Idea how much skill it will take to do a smooth white coat with lime + gauging.…"
Jul 20, 2018
caseypratt replied to RAH's discussion Marquetry Flooring
"Well,you could stencil a floor with a contrasting color. Buy marquetry is accomplished with different color woods, like cherry or mahogany for reds, maple for the lightest color, walnut for brown, etc."
May 17, 2018
caseypratt replied to Erin Braico's discussion shellac
"New shellac blends into and adheres to old shellac. I do recommend really cleaning the surface first so you're not embedding grime and gunk. Casey"
Apr 1, 2018
caseypratt replied to Adrienne O's discussion To Plywood or Not To Plywood? Ridge Vent?
"I think the preservation-oriented contractor is right, but make sure you're getting a tear-off; make sure that ice & water shield is used as needed; ridge vent is up to you, but there should be some air movement is the summer, from gable…"
Apr 1, 2018
caseypratt replied to Andrew Tully's discussion Removing Sub floor in Kitchen
"I have run across black glue that just dissolved with water. O happy day. If it's a tar product, woe. Casey"
Mar 27, 2018
caseypratt replied to Jami Smith's discussion Architecture style of my 1920 built house?
"If it's one room wide, it would be a shotgun bungalow, otherwise bungalow with clipped gable roof. Front porch has been subsequently enclosed, would have had an open porch originally. Casey"
Mar 26, 2018
caseypratt replied to Joshua's discussion Any one know what this kind of ceiling panel is called?
"a factory-finished masonite; one brand was Abitibi Board, another was Marlite I think. Casey"
Mar 26, 2018
caseypratt replied to Susan Lofton's discussion Door wood?
"White pine doors, yellow pine trim. Casey"
Mar 26, 2018
caseypratt replied to Madeline Williams-Zoller's discussion Mysterious Wallpaper Backing. Is it asbestos?
"It's a paperboard underlayment like extra-thick blotter paper. It protects the wallpaper from the pine sheathing underneath."
Feb 14, 2018
caseypratt replied to Michael Lalla's discussion Window Pile
"I did this years ago on my storms. First, it took two tries to order the right size from ebay. Second, I had to take the frames apart to insert it. There were tiny screws at the corners. Those storms were very old, 50's or 60's. It was…"
Jan 23, 2018

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Tell us about yourself:
Restoration carpenter,BA Historic Preservation,
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Old house (1850/1906)owner, musical instrument restorer. Involved in the Main Street program, local and state preservation groups, and city landmarks commission.
I recreate historic details, have done hand woodworking, horsehair plaster, stained glass, Victorian Gingerbread, Fine wood finishing, French Polishing.
"I majored in the AEsthetic Movement"

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