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more on cisterns, tanks, wells

  Here is a reference site for information on all of the above and more:  http://inspectApedia.com.   There are  discussions of  all sorts of  home water supply…Continue

Tags: tanks, water, wells, cisterns

Started Jan 24

A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
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  Here is a site that discusses many types of water supply systems, cisterns, wells and  water tanks in attics with descriptions and photos.  It looks to be a resource for much more, too: …Continue

Tags: wells, cisterns

Started this discussion. Last reply by cblehmann Mar 25.

Aluminum Paint for Exterior Primer news
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After reading about using aluminum paint as an exterior  primer  for 3' up on wood walls over crawl spaces wiht dirt floors, I couldn't find that again or more information until last week.  A lady…Continue

Tags: spaces, dirt, floors, crawl, primer

Started this discussion. Last reply by cblehmann Oct 25, 2013.

Has anyone used aluminum paint as first primer on wood siding over crawl spaces and dirt floor areas? Inside?
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I read about using aluminum paint as a primer on bare wood siding over moisture-prone areas, at least for several boards up.  Has anyone out there done this?  We have put paintable wood preservative…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by cblehmann Sep 29, 2013.

 

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cblehmann replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"Thanks, cranky old guy!  I will read this very carefully with hammer in hand.  But  will have  some more posted Q's later, most likely. I see that after all the water is gone, the  clay under the mostly…"
Mar 25
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Winterize Crawl Space
"Does "seal the rim joists" mean...between the sheathing/siding and the framing?  Just want to be sure as there are different vocabularies floating around.  And I am so new to this. That squash-y orange spray foam?…"
Mar 25
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Winterize Crawl Space
"Thanks, Red Queen guru, Yesterday, I decided to do a careful written  inventory of each basement room, wall by wall, so to be better informed to process all the info everyone posts - noticing something is not the same as understanding its…"
Mar 25
Franz replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"Wall now, clenching hick straw in teeth, I tell ya, your first paragraph pretty much answered your own question. LOW SPOT First test, grab a 2# hammer and do yourself some sound testing to find the voids, if they exist, when the floor is dry. You…"
Mar 25
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Winterize Crawl Space
"Oh, right!  The parts of the house that have heavy beams between the floors are only cold at the windows' edges  where it still needs sealing up from drafts.  But not the wall where all the plaster is off and only lathe…"
Mar 25
cblehmann replied to James Olson's discussion OHJ Reader Feedback
"  I'm letting it go, too.  Unless I then may no longer use this site. Oh, dear.   We keep eyes bright for old OHJ in antique malls, library sales, garage sales.  Some issues from 2004 were just great for us!  In every…"
Mar 24
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Winterize Crawl Space
"    Seems to be the way they did it in 1900  and have same thing: long, narrow  North facing veranda  porch was made part of kitchen expansion (with some crazy window trim cropping to accommadate the sloping roof line. …"
Mar 24
cblehmann replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Houses With Names
"This  thread seems to have run its course but this is the time of night that many post so I will jump in, too. Our 1835 house (+1890 additions) was most loved by the popular last family who had it for 100 years! Therefore, it was…"
Mar 24
cblehmann replied to K. Petrillo's discussion Possible Cistern or Well?
"How deep is this? Is it like a concrete box? The "gutters poured into the concrete":  what does that look like?  Would post a picture, please?  Thanks  ! Carol"
Mar 24
cblehmann replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"Ah, yes, the water table.  Great image of the "large surface shallow well"!  This does occur  in the lowest spot of the multi-leveled, multi-roomed but pretty useless basement dirt/concrete nether world.  Are…"
Mar 24
Franz replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"That's an easy one, the water table under the floor is rising, and there is probably a void under the concrete that accumulates water.  Water table gets high enough water is forced out at the seam, path of least resistance,  I have a…"
Mar 23
cblehmann replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"Thank you, James, for the heads-up!  I am finding much, if not most, how-to information is not sensitive.  Certain formerly helpful publications are no longer helpful.  We try to collect  older  books,…"
Mar 21
James Olson replied to cblehmann's discussion A "well-spring" of info! Cisterns, wells, water tanks, and everything!
"I learned of Inspectapedia while I was attending the NY State Home Inspector's Licensure Training coursework a few years ago.  Just be aware that some of the website's content is not sensitive toward certain restoration…"
Mar 21
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"I know exactly what you are talking about!    Our house had a system like that.  Much is still there - a cistern out side now filled with rubble, a well filled with sand, a metal tank in the attic with float and fuse box and another…"
Mar 12
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cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Thank you for " jumping in " with your cistern story.  "LEHMANN'S HARDWARE" in Kidron, OH , has a catalogue with various pumps for water.   I hope more people will post their cistern stories.   If we could use…"
Jan 23

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A semi-retired professor and artist are empty nesters.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Our 1835 house was expanded in the late 1890's, resulting in a few mild but endearing exterior anachronisims.All the paint, inside and out has failed and is being removed. So far, going on second year of scraping. Outside getting done. Inside coming along. Lots of water comes in 1/2 dirt cellar during downpours but never smells moldy, only musty at that time.

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At 4:57pm on September 12, 2012, Lair Tienter said…

I have not found much new about our well or cistern, whichever it is.  I did talk to a lady that grew up in the house, moving here in the forties as a child.  She said there was a cistern about 4 feet from the house where the downspouts from the roof went into.  she remembers it being filled.  She had never seen the one that I found.  She said they never had a windmill when she lived here but I know that it is parts of an old windmill that cover the top of what we found.  It is still there and we still don't have water in out basement.  I am the only house in the whole area that does not have a sump pump running.  Our water table is high except for this year because we have had no rain all summer.  This winter I plan on making a few trips to the local count seat and look up a few thing since they have very little online before 1930. Hopefully that will shed a little more light on the house history.  I'm dieing to find out why they moved the main driveway for one side of the house to the other in 1910.  good luck in your search as well.  Lair 

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