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jane replied to steve bryan's discussion slopping floor
"ask your town building inspector to suggest names of structural engineers who work on houses. The Town cannot recommend one over another. Then ask at your historical society, your lumber yard, and any architects you know as well as local…"
Nov 8, 2012
jane replied to Toni's discussion Cement block basement
"My information includes the Sears 1913 catalog and research published on the history of concrete block machines, as well as plan books from the 1920's which discuss the use of concrete block. I simply have not seen - in eastern New England -…"
Nov 8, 2012
jane replied to Joseph Boehm's discussion Need help determining the age of my house.
"can you post some pictures of the house outside? And perhaps door knobs?  Is there an attic or a basement where the framing is exposed? I am tending to agree with Lair"
Nov 8, 2012
jane replied to Toni's discussion Cement block basement
"The pictures help. Thanks From the shape, the eaves, and the window placement and size I agree that your house dates to the 1880's.  The wing with the roof railing is later. The foundation seems to have been built by someone without much…"
Nov 1, 2012
jane replied to Toni's discussion Cement block basement
"Can you post a picture? Basements were not built generally from concrete block until after WWII. By the 1970's concrete forms were in  use almost everywhere. "
Oct 30, 2012
jane replied to PBM's discussion Redoing a claw foot tub
"I did some research for a client with 2 nice tubs that needed help. The professionals said that it all depends upon the cleaning and preparation and then the materials, that a good job should last 5 years or more. The client decided he could…"
Oct 30, 2012
jane replied to CR Sutton's discussion Help me ID this home
"not necessarily a store front... in several towns around here which bustled from 1850 -1950, are a good number of houses with roofs like this, including one local historical society. I think it may have to do with the easy manufacture of steel…"
Oct 28, 2012
jane replied to Chris Kemp's discussion Huge gaps in old pine floor
"this is what my parents did in the 1950's. Then they added a filler piece on the edge which was hard to detect - unless they told you all about it when they were showing off the house. They loved those wide floor boards.  "
Jul 23, 2012

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Tell us about yourself:
architect, historian, farmer, volunteer, with extended family
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
have always lived in one, have worked on repair, reuse, expansion for more than40 years.
Began to write about old houses in 1989 when I realized I spoke English about architecture.
Just had article on original green published
http://jgrarchitect.blogspot.com, sundaydrivemerrimackvalley.blogsp...

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Stucco, c. 1827

Not quite on the subject of mortar, but too good not to share -

Asher Benjamin's "American Builder's Companion", 6th edition, 1827, includes ornamental stucco patterns and instructions, with this footnote:

"The stucco is made of lime putty, mixed with pulverized marble, or raw plaster of Paris, with sometimes a little white sand and a little white hair, to prevent it from cracking. The mixture is then put on a dry wall for 24 hours, after which it is taken off and well beaten,… Continue

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 11:19am

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At 11:39pm on October 7, 2008, Phil said…
Jane -glad to see you on the new site. I have always enjoyed your OHJ forum posts. I also like your interesting blogspot blog too.
At 12:23pm on November 18, 2008, John Leeke said…
Hi Jane, it's nice to "see" you again. Years ago I met your dad in Exeter, NH, I think he was showing me his barn book. He talked about your good works and after that you and I talked a few times.

I missed your talk in Bennington on "Original Green." I think you mentioned the Park-McCullough house. Have you seen the incredible early gravity ventilation system in that place? The place was a real jumble when I went through it back in the 1980s (or 70s?) I think I recall big wooden ducts that go up through the building with large air intakes at the cellar, etc. Did anyone ever figure all that out and put it back into operation?

At 6:54pm on August 23, 2009, Laura said…
Thank you SOOO much. We just had the house inspected today and it did GREAT. Do you think it is older than the date of 1900 listed on the paperwork? I think I will do some digging. Your comments were fantastic, and we are so excited. It has 2 staircases, the winding stairs are in the front, and there are some very narrow steep steps off the kitchen in the back.
At 12:18pm on November 30, 2009, Demetra said…
Thanks Jane,
We're going to consider an approval process for this site.
I appreciate your suggestion.
Best - Demetra

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