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  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, 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

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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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A semi-retired professor and artist are empty nesters.
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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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