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caseypratt replied to Michele Hamlin's discussion tongue and groove porch boards
"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…"
Jun 18
caseypratt replied to Austin Litteral's discussion Identify Old Floors in Kitchen
"Yellow."
Apr 5
caseypratt replied to Austin Litteral's discussion Identify Old Floors in Kitchen
"Looks like 1895 Georgia pine."
Apr 5
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.
"I agree, the similar ones I found on google images were ID'ed as Italian 1970's. Casey"
Mar 22
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath
"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…"
Mar 3
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath
"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…"
Feb 27
caseypratt replied to Gary Grau's discussion Formula for venting wooden columns
"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…"
Feb 9
caseypratt replied to Gary Grau's discussion Formula for venting wooden columns
"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…"
Feb 9
caseypratt replied to Cindy Reed's discussion how to replicate the look of 1890's varnish?
"Awesome outcome. Casey"
Feb 1
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"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…"
Jan 23
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

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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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