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caseypratt replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"google "star washer" you will see hundreds of structures that have steel  tie rods. It let them get away with 2 wythe walls 3 stories in height. If masonry is of adequate thickness to be stable w/o tie rods, then it is. But when it…"
Jan 8
caseypratt replied to JRTebow's discussion Chandelier restoration questions
"They are all in the 1920's Baronial style, which accompanied the Jacobean Revival style of furniture. Casey"
Dec 31, 2016
caseypratt replied to Elizabeth Wilson's discussion Mother's Vintage Early 1950's Frigidaire Electric Stove
""deep cooking well" is called the stockpot."
Nov 27, 2016
caseypratt replied to Karin Deal's discussion Furnace/Radiators question - House built in 1895
"Generally the home inspection clause in the offer calls for all utilities to be turned on at seller's expense so that a complete and thorough inspection may be carried out. IDK if that can be stretched to cover refilling a boiler that has been…"
Oct 5, 2016
caseypratt replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"It looks sort of like design 37 in the Barber book."
Sep 25, 2016
caseypratt replied to James Stubbs's discussion FOR SALE -- Architectural Finial plus Weathervane from the 1860's
"Hi, I don't have any place worthy of that pinnacle of finials. And thanks for clearing up the mystery of the car,it's a real beaut. Casey"
Sep 11, 2016
caseypratt replied to James Stubbs's discussion FOR SALE -- Architectural Finial plus Weathervane from the 1860's
"Hi, What is that magnificent auto? Caey"
Sep 10, 2016
caseypratt replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Test Your Knowledge
"got 8/8, naturally. Make a harder quiz. ;)"
Sep 6, 2016
caseypratt replied to Caleb J Buller's discussion Looking for "Clicky" Light Switches
"Yeah, that's what I used for the search term; unfortunaely it brings up tons of bakelite switches for other situations."
Sep 6, 2016
caseypratt replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Antique stair treads
"I have never seen any with metal edge-banding like that. If you can give up on that detail, there are 1000's of stair carpet treads you can buy. Casey"
Sep 6, 2016
caseypratt replied to Caleb J Buller's discussion Looking for "Clicky" Light Switches
"Not easy to find; found a few here, maybe check ebay regularly."
Sep 4, 2016
caseypratt replied to Pamela Saletan's discussion oak dining set
"If you scrap this, you are nuts. This has the earmarks of stickley, or another maker of comparable quality. Put it on craigslist as "free stickley sideboard" and watch the feeding frenzy."
Aug 30, 2016
caseypratt replied to Phil's discussion Old slate removed, and the new slate going on.
"Don't nail them too tight; you "hang" slate. Casey"
Aug 29, 2016
caseypratt replied to Pinorzo's discussion Help Adding Back Character to Modest Queen Anne Farmhouse Hybrid?
"It appears to have been built as a "two-decker" duplex, Boston is famous for the "triple-decker" type. Casey"
Aug 27, 2016
caseypratt replied to WILLIAM KAIN's discussion What "style" is my house?
"Wide and shallow is the opposite of a foursquare. It looks like a center-entry (loosely-based on the ages-old form called the Georgian plan/central hall)  built during the time when Craftsman bungalows were popular, so it has a few craftsman-y…"
Aug 20, 2016
caseypratt replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion basement parlor
"Men's smoking room. Casey"
Aug 7, 2016

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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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