"Your local historic Preservation society should have a list of resources, in this instance, a millwork shop that can replicate moldings. If any has been replicated in the past, the mill will have the matching cutter to make your area's typical…"
"That's amazing news! I see the characteristic stripes (rays) of quartersawn oak on the light-colored segments of the floor, but I can't tell what the darker wood is. Suspect walnut or mahogany, would lean toward mahog. because of the…"
"rarely if ever would a good wood floor get covered over without cause. If they moved walls and such, you could have missing areas. But then again, you could put the orig. walls back. :)
Maybe pry up some of those big patches that appear in a couple…"
"Would be best to drill some holes in the flooring under them, in that case. Unless there is all solid blocking (framing) there, a right angle drill and a 2" forstner bit will make quick work of it. But if air can't escape at the top, there…"
"If they have a traditional plinth, the vent gaps seem to be about 1/5 of the plinth height, and about 2/5 of the length of a side. HTH. The venting works best if it is flow-through; openings left at the top of the abacus so air can go through…"
"it's not clear what you mean. Rounded corners on interior plaster openings? Cased openings (wood-trimmed door-less passages)? Or round-cornered trim on otherwise square openings?
Curved work is basically always an upgrade wherever it is…"
"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…"
"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…"
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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