Monthly Archives: July 2014

Drywall Phase Begins!

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Drywalling is finally underway!   It was a huge amount of work that went into getting to this stage.  It took a heck of a lot more time than anticipated, but I’m confident that I’ve done things the right way and that I will thank myself for years to come for doing this all now.  To recap the work done over the past 8 months:

Removing the Bow Out of Old Studs

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As I prep the studs for drywall I’ve been happy to find that most are straight and plumb — I haven’t had to shim them many of them.  There were a few that were bowed pretty significantly in the kitchen, and because they butt right up against the chimney the only way to fix them was to plane them down.  I am a big hand tool enthusiast but I’ve been so busy for the past 9 months working on the restoration that I’ve barely touched my hand planes.  To remove the bow in these problem studs I used my jack plane vertically starting at the peak of the crown and then taking longer successive passes until the bow was gone.  In the photo above you can see the fresh grain on the stud to the bottom right after I planed it down. Read More

Shining Up the Sconces

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Above the fireplaces in the dining room and living room are brass sconces (perhaps original?) that were almost black with oxidation and grime.  We took them into a local plating shop and it was incredible what they were able to do with them.  Believe it or not the photo above is a before and after of the same sconce.  Some more photos below: Read More

All New Electric System

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On top of a brand new 200 A service, new service panel, and new panel location the house now has completely new wiring.  When we purchased the house the electrical was modern Loomex, but it was incredibly sparse.  Each room had one or two plug ins and minimal light fixtures.  The kitchen was vastly underpowered, and definitely not up to modern standards.   Read More