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    Paint first or stain first

    My husband and I are stripping all the wood in our home... But before we get too far I was wondering after we prep everything (walls and wood trim) how should we go about finishing things. Should we...
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    Re: Re-painting old heat registers

    I don't know if you have painted you rads yet but....

    The best place to start is to sandblast the rads clean. This is a pretty big undertaking b/c you have to move the rads and send them off to a...
  3. Re: I'm going crazy thinking about the lead paint in my house

    Lead is a great concern with small children... I have always loved old houses and recently purchased a 1931 colonial. We are not having children any time soon but it has crossed my mind about the...
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    Re: 1st home and steam heat

    there isn't too much paint on the rads... They all need a good cleaning... We where thinking of building rad boxes b/c we have dogs and the one liked to lay on heater vents. I don't really want her...
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    Re: 1st home and steam heat

    Shaun,

    I was wondering why you preferred the Vent-rite vents. Have you had any experience with Gorton or Hoffman? I have been hunting around to see other people options on the vents. thanks
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    Re: 1st home and steam heat

    I just found the main vents in the basement. They are pretty nasty looking. I believe that all the vents in the heating system need replaced... I didn't even know there were main vents... I think...
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    Re: 1st home and steam heat

    Oh I forgot to ask... will be be able to keep our boiler for the baseboard type forced hot water system you mentioned...? Like I said the boiler is not old at all and truth be told I like the comfort...
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    Re: 1st home and steam heat

    Thanks for all this wonderful advice... I'm super excited to read all of this... I cleaned one of the steam valves but I truly believe they are too far gone... It really didn't make a difference in...
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    1st home and steam heat

    My husband and I just bought a home built in 1931. This house was kept well over the years. Not too many upgrades have occur (everything thing on the out side has been overhauled, windows, siding,...
  10. Re: Sagging Floors, Multiple Contractor Suggestions.?!

    I felt the wall was a generic idea as well... I really don't want a wall built down the back half of the basement anyway... I didn't understand why a beam could not have just put in for support and...
  11. Sagging Floors, Multiple Contractor Suggestions.?!

    HELP!!!

    My husband and I bought a 1931 Colonial. There is some sagging that is in the middle of the home. Our Dinning room slants as well as the kitchen and the staircase does as well... Nothing...
  12. Thread: Sister Joist

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    Sister Joist

    We are going to be do some sister joisting to our home but the problem is the area that needs it most has a lot of electrical stuff running though the joist. What are we to do about this? there is...
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    Soft flooring???

    In my dinning room there is a sag. A support beam was put in place years ago but no one corrected the floors. when I step on that area I can feel all the hardwood sift around and it almost feels like...
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    Slanting Staircase

    My husband and I just bought a home that was built in 1931. Before purchasing the home it was noted that the house had settled over the years. It really wasn't noticeable except in the entry way of...
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