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Robert
Historic home as my first home

Hello everyone, my wife and I bought our first home this past October (2017). It' built in 1900 (old for this area), 3 bed 1.5 bath with a dining room and living room. It needs work. There are only lights in the kitchen and bathrooms but all the outlets have been updated to modern wiring. We are using lamps until I get wires ran from the switches to new fixtures. The 3rd floor attic has half way been converted to a 4th bedroom but was done very poorly. I am using my phone to type this now but I'm getting another computer this weekend so it' easier to post pics. I want to fully document the restoration of this house and will be needing help as my knowledge of carpentry is limited but I'm a blacksmith/mechanic/fabricator so I just need help making it proper. I will also great a youtube channel for short videos and a site for pictures of everything. I will post links as they come live. 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Historic home as my first home

Robert,

That seems all well and good at this moment. But please think about that. You are advertising to the world on what you have in your home. Opens the door for all kinds of criminals.

My wife & I purchased a big Victorian a few years ago. All the work we have done so far we have taken many pictures of the process. We have taken those pictures and written a few "coffee table books". There are many publishers that advertise online. We send everything off and they return a book that we set out on the tables thru the house. You may want to think about something like this. I have also created a local website with everything as well, but it is local to our intranet. Nothing ever leaves my own server. We get so many compliments on our books and most cannot put them down while they are visiting.

I can help you with almost every aspect of your work. We started with structure, then HVAC, moved to electrical and plumbing, and now we are at the cosmetic stages. We put everything back just they way it was when the house was built in 1890. All of the electrical switch devices are push button, the plumbing fixtures are the same look as they has back then, only with modern workings. Our house was built before electrical and indoor plumbing. I rewired the entire house, removing the knob and tube. We went from an old 60 amp service to a nice 600 amp service. Each floor has it own main panel, the kitchen has its own sub-panel. The old galvanized pipes were replaced with nice, clean copper. I used 2" for the serive from the street into the house. Changing over to 1" for the supply to the backboard and all manifolds, and 3/4" to each single device. From one single location in the basement, I can turn off any one side of any one single device any where in the house. In each room with water, I can do the same from there. In each room with water, there is another manifold with a valve for each side of each device. This along with filters, whole house reverse osmosis and lights to remove unwanted germs from in the water, and minerals added back into the water for human consumpsion. We have clean, healthy water thru the house.

I am now in the process of removing all the wall paper from each room, starting in the main entry hall. I have found any where from 5 to 8 layers of wallpaper. But the only real tough layer is the last layer that is glued to the horsehair lime plaster. That is a slow process, but so well worth the time. The plaster walls and ceilings are silky smooth. We found some wallpaper in the UK that matches what was used during that time.

Anytime that you have questions or concerns, please ask first. It is much easier to start out correct, than having to re-do after the fact.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Robert
Re: Historic home as my first home

Thank you for your concern andy but I feel the benefits of having a community of help and sharing what I learn about the process out weighs the risk of over sharing. Our family is from a very small town of less than 1000. Most of the content would be consturction related anyway. I Do really like the thought of the books. Thank you again. 

Robert
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Here are a few pics to test the upload from my phone

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Historic home as my first home

Robert

Thank You, that was my wife's idea. Since our home is shown in a few other books that are available for purchase in our town, we purchased them to add to our collection.

You have some great timber in your home. Never replace it, nor cut thru it. Never, ever cut a piece of timber in the middle of the span like I see some of these idiots on the tv shows. They cut out a great piece of dry lumber, only to replace it with something that is still wet and not true, and ever smaller. That I do not understand.

I see that you are using romex wire. Nothing wrong with that. I re-wired our home with MC, this used to be known as BX. It has an armor jacket instead of pvc. I have seen romex that rodents have chewed, they love the taste of the pvc. Nothing eats armor. I never drilled a single hole into any rafter or joist when re-wiring our home. It took a little extra wire, but well worth the effort. Where there were holes already in place, like feeding a ceiling light, I used the same holes. No easy task without removing the plaster. I am in the process of stripping old wallpaper and the plaster covering. That is tough work without damaging the lime plaster. It just takes time and some stripper. What ever glue they used back then, I want some. It does not disolve. Hose hoof glue I would suspect.

I will be happy to help and give advice where I can. I have restored well over 15 Victorian homes in my life so far.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Robert
Re: Historic home as my first home

Our house has had many places where people have done very poor repairs and just poor craftsmanship. I plan on fixing all of it. I have been working on that space some but I have not done any wiring, that was all there when we bought it and has to be redone. I have been taking alot of pictures and I am still waiting on my wife to pick up a computer to upload all of them. The mobile version of this forum is not the best on my phone. I have so much to do and I just need someone to make sure I'm doing it the proper way. And by the way, as I type this, I have this door jam staring me in the face... Next fix

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Historic home as my first home

LOL

Robert, that is funny.

You know. Our home was done by folks that did things on the cheap. I have replaced all of that mess. About the only thing we have going for us, is that no one has touched the structure, and they used what they had when knob and tube was the best things available.

I have never tried using a phone to view a website. So I really don't see what you see there.

Please feel free to ask anything about anything. I am sure there are plenty of folks here that will help you.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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