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more on cisterns, tanks, wells

  Here is a reference site for information on all of the above and more:   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 Susan Bonser's discussion How do you fund restoration?
"Sort of sobering - the lack of replies. We use savings, equity loans.  We haven't done this one - 5th/3rd Bank has a  loan that will lend according to the finished value, maybe it's a contractor's loan.  We  are…"
4 hours ago
cblehmann replied to Yves Mailhot's discussion Stone foundation need repair - should I attempt to do it myself?
" Nice place!  Is it a raised garden?  What is that red bar?    I notice the rise of the grade around the house.  My house (18350 has  that, too.   "
Jul 9
cblehmann replied to Lois Groshong's discussion If these walls could speak
"  There is a lot to ponder in what you have posted.     When "business as usual" approaches are the norm, sustainability for the pre-1900 house is tricky.  . Everyone assumes you want to thouroughly convert the house to…"
Jul 8
cblehmann replied to Michael Costello's discussion Pier Moisture
"hi, it's quite  late and I am looking at the pics and reading maybe wihtout full attention and have a question. Sorry if I got it all wrong.   Just too tired to re-read again. In pic #...907 (3rd pic, second set) is the cistern behind…"
Jun 22
cblehmann replied to Michael Costello's discussion Pier Moisture
"Well, um, some places are dry and some wet. Are they always dry?  Or have they dried after being wet?   Is the central space  always wet?    The cistern is not in use but still fills wiht ground water.  Then what…"
Jun 2
cblehmann replied to Emilie Wiesner's discussion Insulation Questions!
"Hi, again.    Are you still happy with the foam insulation you did?  Were there air channels/vents installed under it or does that type of foam or your location's climate not require them?    You've given us good…"
May 25
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"Thanks, Franz for explaining to us newbies yet again about the attic tanks.  After reading this, I thought again about the fuse box on the attic wall - maybe for a heater coil; not part of the pumping system?   "
May 24
cblehmann replied to Leah Acosta's discussion Anyone have a cistern?
"     That is amazing - is it really bent wood panels?     Our attic tank has an overflow pipe that would have discharged onto the roof, if it came to that.  I didn't even notice it for two years as most everything…"
May 19
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

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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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