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  1. Re: Help with choosing roof Color, exterior paint too

    OMG, I actually know the main road you are off, N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. I drove it once as a cut through to the coastline. Small world. Beautiful area and beatiful house you have. Normally I would...
  2. Re: Do all traditional colonial style home have to have window shutter?

    I would imagine your neighbors' houses have louvered shutters upper level and paneled shutters on lower level. Good that you have some shutter examples to follow if you decide to put them on again.
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    Re: Doorway Trim Won't Fit, Alternatives?

    so in the end, i decided to use a thin strip of ply that came with the cabinetry, cut it the width of the trim, and fitted it into place, im the only one who notices. i hate it though. but i have new...
  4. Re: Kitchen Built-In Old Hardware: ID for Age etc...

    Dude, you are a walking encyclopedia. Thank you Casey and Jack.
  5. Thread: Roses

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    Re: Roses

    Ah roses, get yourself a copy of A Year of Roses by Stephen Scaniello, its a bible of what to do year round for roses. Many tips that are common sense and involve household methods, like mulch and...
  6. Kitchen Built-In Old Hardware: ID for Age etc...

    I would like to determine the age of these antique hardware latches and hinges that Ive just cleaned up (used the crock pot method) from a century of paint. The pics can be seen here:...
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    Re: Doorway Trim Won't Fit, Alternatives?

    Ugh... I put some pics on a web page here...
    http://www.handpaintedwoodsigns.com/kitchen.html

    So to clarify the problem, the clearance between wall and cabinet when open is an 1/8 inch.
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    Re: Doorway Trim Won't Fit, Alternatives?

    There is only an 1/8 inch space between the wall and the kitchen cabinet drawer when it is opened. I have some pics but this system keeps saying its not a valid extension, but it is a jpg within the...
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    Re: Doorway Trim Won't Fit, Alternatives?

    The problem with ripping it down is that the thickness of clearance is about an 1/8th of an inch.
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    Doorway Trim Won't Fit, Alternatives?

    Pondering what to do about an interior kitchen passthrough, no door, that leads to a foyer where on the right side only I cannot fit a piece of 1x4 trim because the kitchen cabinets were installed...
  11. Re: Adding a tile floor in an 1800's kitchen

    Curious... I've put random width planks down as flooring in many rooms in my house and that seemed heavy. How much heavier would tile really be, if at all?

    If you do tile, pick a lighter color or...
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    Re: A queen or not a queen?

    I'd say not a queen. I'm not an expert in house styles but I do make a real nice historic house sign hand painted for Victorian houses. Just my opinion. It's a nice looking house. Good luck.
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    Re: How do you determine age of house?

    How exciting this is!

    Ordinarily tax records would be a good way to go, but this is Philadelphia we are talking about. If it were me, I'd want to see copies or make my own copies of the records. I...
  14. Re: Please help me with ideas for "period" retaining wall for 1920's house

    Finished.... in this heat?!? You are my hero. Congrats, another project done.

    I leave things like stone wall building for the winter, when I have less outside things to do, and like to get...
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    Re: How do you determine age of house?

    If you do a deed history of your property, you may well be able to determine the age of the house. It may take some legwork. Look for the deed which that says "house and lot of land" and then a deed...
  16. Re: Please help me with ideas for "period" retaining wall for 1920's house

    If it were around my house, town, and region, whatever stone was native to the region was used. Around here, they call it jersey shale, or ironstone. I see many retaining walls made from it simply...
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    Re: iron fencing

    Do you have any photos of the fencing?
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    Re: 1913 Historic Home

    Cmon John, be kind to the newbie.

    Vallerie, congratualtions on your new house and best wishes in making it your dream home. I have in my old house both plaster walls and, due to the idiot who...
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    Re: Deck over screened in porch

    Is the upper deck floor sloped so runoff would drain away from house? Seems you can lay a flooring surface that would drain water to a gutter and take it away. Good luck.
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    Re: TOH Season DVD Sets?

    +1 for TOH DVD sets. But where does the problem lie?

    I don't understand how there can exist DVD sets of all seasons of Gilligan's Island but not of This Old House.

    Hmmm, Ginger....
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    Re: To paint or not to paint my trim

    +1 for don't paint the trim.

    One of my favorite features of my last house was the unpainted chestnut trim which a PO painstakingly stripped off the old coats of paint to show the beautiful wood....
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    Re: Level an old Wood Floor

    When we bought our house, the so-called-builder we bought it from did the following to many rooms in the house that had the problem you describe. I would not do this but, here goes...

    He tapered...
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    Changing Profile Pic Problem

    Ive tried a dozen times on now three different days to change my profile pic, sorry I even tried since it has become such a freakin hassle. I get the error message invalid file. What's the story? I...
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    Re: Living room ceiling

    Are there any water lines in that ceiling? Is there water running at the time you hear the clicking? Ive had that sound and it was the water lines, even if from the toilet refilling.
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    Re: What can I do with my retaining wall?

    Congratulations on your new home.
    Here's my two cents.... isn't there anything in the house that needs work of a higher priority? Your wall is outside the house, plant some ivy and let it climb and...
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