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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, 2014

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, 2014.

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 Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"Great place! Try scraping a bit or sanding out layers.  Have Fun and Good luck!"
Apr 21
cblehmann commented on Lois Groshong's group 2001 Restoration of a Colonial Home
"I should like to join this group..My house is 1835, not unusual for this small city in NW Ohio.  Thank you."
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

Woodleys Manor

"I have really enjoyed your photos and they have taught me a lot.  I look forward to following this! "
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

"ER" Initials on the Stringer

" hope you are adding yours, too"
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

Northeast Corner Joinery

"wow!  like English cruck  (sp? sorry) style , that bit?  "
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

Third-Floor Rafter Joints

"oh, yummy! Alternating!  I have a lot to learn!"
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

Joist with a Double Bead

"What is the first period date?  I read about exposed beams being  chamfered in a book about Colonial House Construction.  The  (our) corner posts are beaded but I think it is a board over it that is beaded (there is a certain…"
Mar 3
cblehmann commented on Harvey Harrison's photo

Early Porch Post Used as a Stud

"I looked more closely, I see the diagonals look integrated.  Is that Brace-Framed?  Is the crown over the window a later addition?  Etc.  Fun. "
Mar 3
cblehmann replied to James Hartman's discussion Interior Door Oiling
"Don't poly them, feed them!  Do some research  and talk to some antique furniture restorers, first."
Feb 23
cblehmann commented on Steve Jordan's group windows
"Thanks, I'll look into that weatherstripping.  I followed John Leek to a "T" wiht the rabbets.  I will inform our public Library about your book,too."
Jan 27
cblehmann commented on Steve Jordan's group windows
" Cleaning up, treating and reglazing  windows from an 1890+ addition to a much older house with a little epoxy touch up as needed on the lower rail and painting exterior wiht enamel (hysterical overkill?)  These are nice and sturdy,…"
Jan 26
cblehmann replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"That larger pipe sort of reminds me of a waste pipe.  Maybe it was a septic vault wiht gray water and waste coming into it.  Metal, though - don't know.   The sanitary sewer system in our much older house was installed…"
Jan 25
cblehmann replied to mike adelmann's discussion Looking for a chandelier
" Similar shades are available from the  Rejuvenation  company. There are various sizes and fixtures.    Great house!"
Oct 24, 2014
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Plaster lath time line
"Our 1835  house has several types of lathe: riven lathe which is very irregular and coarse, split from one wide board and stretched apart though still connected and the whole  board nailed onto the post beams; a  much smoother lathe…"
Sep 17, 2014
cblehmann replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"Sorry about your old plaster.  cow hair and such was used to ---to give it heft,..I forget! You can insulate you attic finished ceiling if you supply vents for air flow.  Different solutions depend on the configuration but there is lots of…"
Aug 17, 2014
cblehmann replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"Why all the demollition?   The answers about insulation should start wiht..."it depends..."  "
Aug 15, 2014

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Tell us about yourself:
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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