March 2011 Blog Posts (8)

Wanted - Drain for antique sink

I have this awesome antique sink that I have had resurfaced. My brotherinlaw carried it out of the Canadian bush for me while on a hunting trip. True story! However, it does not have a drain and I have since found out that the drain size it needs is not standard.  We are planning on using it as the sink in the main bath at our log Chalet in Quebec, Canada.  Can anyone help? Desperate in Carp, Canada… Continue

Added by Olivia Nixon on March 28, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Working on livingroom floor

Its seems that sometime in the past 60 years of DIY renovation that plywood was considered a "Wonder product"

as the walls and floors of my livingroom were covered in it. That is until today when I removed the last piece of

plywood from the walls and started on plywood abatement on the floor. I also got to thinking whilst on hands and

knees how many nails does it take to hold down a 4x8 sheet of plywood. The answer in my case was hundreds. I litterally

pulled out…


Added by Frances Reay on March 26, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Save our History

When I moved from California to Colorado to escape the city, for the last 15 years all my preservation work was with the Colorado State Historical fund.  About one year ago I ventured back into the consumer market.  Since I been back I have meet many homeowners and visited many historic homes.  One common thread I have witness is how unqualified general contractors have severely damage many beautiful historic homes in the Denver metro area.  The horror stories that homeowners have shared and…


Added by Randall Marder on March 15, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

4 years ago, I purchased an antebellum home...

4 years ago, I purchased an antebellum home for an investment as it had acreage near a thriving lake community.  Needless to say, the economy went south and I have had difficulty renting to good rentors.  At this point, I have sunk

additional monies in this place and cannot afford to do so any longer.  I would like to keep the land and either sell the home and have it moved, dismantle and reclaim the wood, or tear the structure down.  Are there any  suggestions as

to how this…


Added by doug frohman on March 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Replacement bath/shower set

I have a 1924 Craftsman style house in need of some new plumbing.  As part of this project I need to replace the bath fixtures.  The problem I am having is that my current fixtures are 10" on center.  Three handles 5" apart.  The current standard is apparently 8" center.  I have found one brand where the valves are independent and can be assemble how you like.  The problem is that I have never heard of them and they start at $700.00.  I was hoping someone might know of another source for…


Added by Bob Stall on March 8, 2011 at 11:05pm — 2 Comments

Success at update

The family worked to successfully place an historic restriction on the exterior of the house, the exterior of the barn, and the land (1.5 acres) underneath.  This will ensure the place being restored and not being razed purposively in perpetuity.  We place a much reduced price on the house and received a…


Added by Linda Weber on March 8, 2011 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Looking for advice on leveling foundation

In preparing for restoration, it looks like the first step is to remove and replace front chimney. The footings for the chimney are crumbling and it is pulling away from the house. This is causing the large rocks under the house to raise, which is raising the floor in the main front room. I am sure this is causing an upward movement of the floors for the rest of the house. Any advice on the best way to proceed is appreciated. I will post some photos of the chimney, foundation and floors. I… Continue

Added by Bobby on March 8, 2011 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

How do you hang gas ceiling fixtures?

I've recently converted a gas/electric ceiling fixture and need advice on mounting it. Fast. It's going up in a couple of weeks.

The guys at Lowes and the local hardware store thought the wiring would be difficult. It wasn't. I just followed what I think was done originally, snaking a wire guided by bead chain up the gas pipe on the gas side and flattening a wire next to the pipe on the electric side. Because each arm screws into the cast iron pipe base separately and because there's…


Added by Lynn Stevens on March 1, 2011 at 2:04pm — 5 Comments

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