Re: Radio Reception
Two things in older houses that can affect radio reception: lead-based paint and metal-lath plaster walls. Having been a computer network consultant for the last 10 years, I've found that wireless networks don't work well in old houses primarily for these reasons. In my own 2003 house, the wireless works very well.
The lead based paint may not have much of an effect, but I don't know for sure. I've seen a few old houses where wireless stuff didn't work, and that's the only reason I could think of.
I don't know if metal lath was used in 1912. It's basically a metal mesh that's fastened to the wall studs, then the plaster is applied to it. This metal mesh acts as a "Faraday shield" which effectively blocks radio transmissions.
Some plaster is made with sand that is rich in metallic minerals. This could also have an effect, though I don't know to what degree. Concrete is fairly effective at blocking radio signals. Red clay brick -- high in iron -- might be, too.
Some FM receivers have external antenna connections. You could connect this to an aerial on the roof. Also, many cable TV services provide an FM signal; just connect your radio receiver to your cable jack. You shouldn't need any kind of converter box, but you might need a "75 ohm to 300 ohm" adapter if your radio doesn't have a round F-connector.
Last edited by Fencepost; 04-14-2009 at 02:32 AM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.