Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Front Door Mortise Lock Tune Up

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The front door latch is part of the original 110 year old mortise lock pictured above.  I believe it’s a solid brass Eastlake mortise lock.  It has been a bit sticky ever since we bought the house so I finally got around to pulling it out and getting it serviced today.  When I opened it up it definitely looked like it’s been at least a few decades since it last got cleaned up: Read More

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History in Our Attic

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While insulating the attic I came across the item pictured above.  It’s about 1.5 inches in diameter, and must at some point have been attached to the mirror that it mentions in the directions.  I did a search for “Gilmore & McCandless” online and came across the image below in an archive of the Victoria Daily Colonist, dated April 16, 1895: Read More

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DemoFest: 10,000 Pounds!

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DemoFest, by the numbers:

9765
POUNDS OF DEMO'D MATERIAL REMOVED FROM THE HOUSE

(I exceeded the maximum weight by 3,100 lbs.  Oops.)

8900
POUNDS OF PLASTER, MORTAR, AND OLD WALLPAPER REMOVED

 

2800
SQUARE FEET OF PLASTER WALLS AND CEILINGS REMOVED

 

480
CUBIC FEET OF DEMO'D MATERIAL REMOVED

 

80
HOURS LABOUR

 

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DEGREES CELCIUS: AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN THE HOUSE DURING DEMOFEST

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Let there be warmth

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(Jess looking happy that we finally got all the insulation up into the attic)

On Tuesday we had the insulation delivered for the attic and exterior walls on the first floor.  Good friends Matt & Kurt stopped by to help me move 55 bundles of Roxul R22 into the kitchen after they were delivered by Slegg: Read More