August 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Poor Pour Bathroom Floor

My first project is the bathrooms. Only one full bath and one half bath are functional. One of the full baths on the second floor needs a drain pipe replaced, the pipe that runs from the second floor to the basement. It looks like we will be opening part of the kitchen wall for this repair.



The full bath on the third floor hasn’t been used for 45 years. I turned on the water to that bathroom but I barely got a trickle. And the drains are completely clogged. That tub was replaced in… Continue

Added by James Kabler on August 27, 2009 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

100th birthday party for sears kit home

I am new to this site and this blog. My family is going to celebrate the 100th year of my mother's house September 27th with an open house. So I thought it might be of interest to some of the people on this site. It is a Sears Mail-order Home built in 1909. According to the Sears achives it was the first year they shipped the homes after putting out the first Modern Homes catalog in September 1908. I will add some pictures of it this weekend on my journal page I just started as a new… Continue

Added by Sheila Mickey Porter on August 26, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Hello, first time here and looking for Help!

Hello my name is Amber and I was wondering if anyone has had the same problem I am going threw right now which is multiple layers of wallpaper on a plaster wall. Yes, it is on the ceiling too! Ugh. Is there a better way to attack this? Rather than scrapping all this wallpaper down? Anyway I could just take the first coat off and prime it with some kinda paint and paint over it? If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to let me know. Thank you !

Added by Amber Fisher on August 23, 2009 at 5:25pm — 12 Comments

Good News great find

Thanks all for your warm welcome!!!!

We closed last week and were happy to find a box sitting in the foyer when we arrived at our house. Not only did the previous owners leave pictures of the original owners and the house when they bought it but also the original blueprints and instructions from Gordon Van Tine. We are so blessed to be only the third owner of our house built in 1921. The house was passed from Mother and Father to their only son who "sold" the house to a family friend, who… Continue

Added by Nick Wylie on August 19, 2009 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

eyes to my soul

The eyes of Gothic Revival were blackened by NewPro about 20 years ago and I am just getting to that stage of repair where windows are at the top of the list. Does anyone know what the period windows would have been for an 1860ish Gothic Revival Victorian? I am specifically looking for insight into the number of lights above and below. The second floor windows are smaller than the ground floor which are 37 x 76, so yes, they're a big pane (pain) in the sash.
Thanks for any help.
S

Added by Scott Smith on August 19, 2009 at 12:43pm — 9 Comments

Skinny on Skim Coating

How do I get a copy of an acrtical that was in the Sept/Oct 2006 Issue? Skinny on Skim Coating. Sarts on page 66, I have a very soiled copy and would love a fresh one.

Added by Rebecca Suzanne Sterling on August 18, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Getting ready and feeling alone

With closing only a few days away we wait and dream, and wait and dream. We have been looking at books and internet sites about prairie style, the arts and craft movement, Bungalow style, and catalog homes. I have found it interesting that their does not seem to be the active web community I expected to find others chronicling their personal experiences and sharing information and advice. I understand historic homes are not everybody's cup of tea and have seen that echoed in others writings.… Continue

Added by Nick Wylie on August 13, 2009 at 1:54pm — 6 Comments

Staining red cedar siding

I'm in planning on replacing old pine clpaboard siding with cedar. Can someone give me advice on staining red cedar siding? I'm concerned with how the color will look on red cedar as opposed to white cedar. Also I've seen a vague article on red cedar bleed through.

Added by Tim Mackin on August 12, 2009 at 6:40am — 2 Comments

Demo is done - waiting for plan approval

We finished the demo on this little pyramid cottage - knocking it back to its 1900 roots. We had an architect (who has a pyramid cottage office!) develop conceptual plans that are sensitive to the original style. The structure of the house (plank construction) has been so compromised, we're not really sure why the roof is staying up! The drop-lap siding is pretty much hacked up and has huge damage by termites (which previous owners covered up with asbestos shingles and then vinyl… Continue

Added by Carol Pepper-Kittredge on August 10, 2009 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Request for recommendation of a vacuum cleaner

Can anyone recommend a heavy duty vacuum cleaner for cleaning up my barn floor? I am looking for a vacuum cleaner that does not clog up easily. The Electrolux that I currently use continually clogs from the above average size particles it encounters in my barn.

Thanks.

Ted Andrews

Added by Edward Andrews on August 6, 2009 at 11:54pm — 3 Comments

my house

When my spouse and I bought this house, 16 years ago, it was a dream come true. It was large enough for a family of five, with large back yard. However, it has been the traditional "needful thing". It's kept us mighty broke in many areas ! I'm soo tired of working on it, but I can't stop. HELP !
There are so many things I want to do for this house, but money is the great POOBAH, that tells me what HAS to be done.........

Added by ruth miller on August 2, 2009 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

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