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    Re: 75+ old wood double hung windows

    Gardeners use them as efficient, pretty cold frames. They can also be used to make solar powered fruit and veggie dehydrators! I'd definitely put them in the free section on your local craigslist.
  2. Easy to use locks for double-hung windows???

    I have a Victorian with its original double-hung windows in good shape (except that they're painted shut - but that's another thread). Once I chip the paint off of them and get them open, I need to...
  3. Re: Victorian Windows Missing Pulleys & Weights

    Thanks to both of you! I'll have to open up the casings and see what I find.
  4. Lights turn themselves off and on again at random!?

    Either I have a ghost in the Victorian house I just purchased, or a major electrical problem, because the lights have started dimming at random, sometimes turning off completely, then getting...
  5. Victorian Windows Missing Pulleys & Weights

    I would like to fix the pulley sytems in my Victorian double-hung windows, without removing the windows. I found a DIY how-to, but it assumes that the original pulley system is still in place and...
  6. Home Inspection...What do I actually need to fix?

    I'm wondering which plumbing issues on the 1896 house I'm purchasing need to be taken care of right away (and which are not necessarily issues). Some background on the house: it's on the far northern...
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    Poll: Re: old window Repair vs. Replace debate

    Thanks, dj1 and jkirk. In my case, I'm on the far northern coast of California, close to the water, and it never gets hotter than 75 here. Being from SoCal, 75 means long sleeves for me! Nobody in...
  8. No ventilation in Victorian bathroom - how hard to put in exhaust fan system??

    I'm in escrow on a 125-year-old Victorian that needs various work done. One of the problems is that there is only one tiny bathroom, off the kitchen, and it has absolutely no ventilation. The two...
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    "circuit breaker panel schedule"

    The main panel and subpanels in the old house I'm purchasing are not labeled in any way, and I need lots of electrical work done (detailed in my other post...
  10. Re: 1896 Victorian: What do I need to repair right away?

    Forgot to mention, when we asked the electrician what he would do if it was his house, he said he would probably leave it as it is, since the house has such unique historical details and it would be...
  11. Re: 1896 Victorian: What do I need to repair right away?

    Thanks, guys. My electrical quote yesterday did not go well. The electrician recommended that I...RE-WIRE THE ENTIRE HOUSE! I was not expecting this at all, and had not budgeted for it. His quote was...
  12. Re: 1896 Victorian: What do I need to repair right away?

    Thanks, Semi! It looks like maybe I can get away with 100 amps, since the central heat is a gas furnace, no need for A/C here on the NorCal coast, and the water heater is gas powered also. But I...
  13. Re: 1896 Victorian: What do I need to repair right away?

    Thanks, guys! Definitely good to know I can replace the GFCI and the junction boxes myself. The house is only 1414 square feet, not one of the larger Victorians here, and just one small bathroom...
  14. 1896 Victorian: What do I need to repair right away?

    So....I'm in escrow on an 1896 Eastlake Victorian that appears to have some electrical issues, but the seller agreed to my counter-counter-offer "as is." It's an estate sale, and apparently no one...
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    Poll: old window Repair vs. Replace debate

    I'm just curious what people in these forums feel about keeping the original windows in old houses if they're in decent shape. It seems like the trend is to replace everything with dual-pane vinyl. I...
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    Re: beetle damage to 1886 Victorian

    Woops! OK, that $20,000 amount was misheard over a bad connection, I guess. It is actually only $2000, which seems much more reasonable. Not sure why, but apparently all the houses around here have a...
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    Re: "Owner will carry with 1/2 down" ?

    By the way, I think all these new fees and hoops to jump through pricing average buyers out of houses (my income is above average for this county), will result in home prices continuing to fall. Off...
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    Re: "Owner will carry with 1/2 down" ?

    EXACTLY!!!!! It is so frustrating! So if your income is average (or you can't prove it), your only option is an FHA loan, and then you have to pay an extra $150 - $300 a month in mortgage insurance...
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    Re: Real Estate Prices vs. Affordability Index

    Thanks, motoguy and dj1. I do personally like this town, despite it being sometimes referred to as "the armpit of northern california," heh. It's still one of the few places on the coast that hasn't...
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    Re: "Owner will carry with 1/2 down" ?

    Thanks, everybody! I ruled out this particular house because after looking at it, I realize the repairs needed are way out of my league (probably why they had to do an owner-carry). But I'm sure your...
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    beetle damage to 1886 Victorian

    Just made an offer on an 1886 victorian in northern california, and the listing agent has a pest inspection from earlier this year, which apparently says that there's powderpost beetle damage that...
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    "Owner will carry with 1/2 down" ?

    Has anyone here pursued this sort of house before ("owner will carry with 1/2 down")? I'm having trouble getting financing because despite excellent credit and provable qualifying income for this...
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    Real Estate Prices vs. Affordability Index

    I would like to buy my first "old home" fixer right now for several reasons including wanting to grow my own food, having privacy, being closer to bus lines than where I rent (gas prices - yikes!),...
  24. Re: Things to Consider When Determining the Appropriate Property Value and Asking Pri

    Jesse, maybe you can give me your opinion on my thread about negotiating a house that's misrepresented in its listing? I'd appreciate any feedback! I'm not allowed to post links yet, but it's in this...
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    Re: Negotiating Misrepresented 1905 Cottage!?

    P.S.- There have been no other upgrades to this house that I'm aware of, except maybe some 1970s ceiling fans that aren't really useful here considering it is always brisk and windy, even in summer....
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