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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.…"
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
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
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
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
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
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
caseypratt replied to Susan Lofton's discussion Door wood?
"White pine doors, yellow pine trim. Casey"
Mar 26
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
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
caseypratt replied to Perkins's discussion 1900 Victorian style?
"This shape is called Queen Anne Cottage, or simple "corner house", because they were often sited on corner lots where the wrap-around porch could be best appreciated and utilized. Other than the missing/repaced porch posts it's pretty…"
Nov 16, 2017
caseypratt replied to Ryan's discussion Please help identify species of wood.
"Very hard to tell at this stage. If I had been sanding it, my nose would have told me what it was: sweet or balsam-y is white pine (or sugar pine) smells a bit like pee: fir. Smells sour and muddy : spruce. Smells of turpentine: yellow pine/heart…"
Nov 1, 2017
caseypratt replied to Rod Lloyd's discussion George F. Barber "pattern book" house
"There have been two Barber plan books reprinted over the years, you can probably find the titles and ISBNs online. One of them is entitled "A Cottage Souvenir" (I own a copy) Casey"
Oct 24, 2017
caseypratt replied to Ken Henning's discussion Handle set parts
"Looks no older than 10-15 years. Is there a name stamped into the latch plate on the edge of the door? There appears to be. Casey"
Oct 23, 2017
caseypratt replied to Dawna Waters's discussion What style is this home?
"It's Queen Anne, but the wrought iron porch supports are doing it a disservice. Casey"
Oct 23, 2017

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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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