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  1. It may be different where you are, but here it is...

    It may be different where you are, but here it is hard to hire people to do things, they are all busy already. I didn't want to try to be a mason to repair the basement wall or an electrician to...
  2. I don't have any experience with that company. ...

    I don't have any experience with that company. When you say saving money, relative to what? I'm sure if you did the work yourself it could be done for much less, but I don't know how it would...
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    I dug up the water line and replaced the old part...

    I dug up the water line and replaced the old part of it at the new house, and the town guys got the water valve turned on. That took about a full day, since it involved 12 feet of trench from 3 to 5...
  4. You can get a 6" digital caliper for under $20...

    You can get a 6" digital caliper for under $20 that will tell you shaft sizes and do any other measuring you'll need for this job. I use mine for woodworking too, along with an analog one. They're...
  5. It sounds to me like the easiest way would be to...

    It sounds to me like the easiest way would be to get a really long grade pole and put the level on the peak of the roof. You'd also need a stepladder that was tall enough for someone to climb up to...
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    I always try to remember that anything lifted by...

    I always try to remember that anything lifted by hydraulic pressure is just one broken hose or fitting away from falling "as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath", and I try to stay out...
  7. Yes, I will watch the paint and will just scrape...

    Yes, I will watch the paint and will just scrape a bit off with a chisel in an inconspicuous place. The nearest ReStore is 95 miles away and I doubt they would take this, as it is not clean or even...
  8. Thank you all for the advice. The house is circa...

    Thank you all for the advice. The house is circa 1920. I do see that the woodwork has more historical value in place than it would elsewhere, but it is not at all practical for the size of the...
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    The membrane looks great. Now you have a...

    The membrane looks great. Now you have a reflecting pool too, which is always a nice feature.
  10. Old banister and railing-architectural salvage or trash?

    I have been asking a lot of questions lately about the old house I am trying to repair, and today I have an even more than usually random question. The house has a massive banister/railing assembly...
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    Thank you both very much. There are indeed...

    Thank you both very much. There are indeed screens in the windows, but there are gaps between some of the floorboards as they are drying that would admit an enterprising bug, so I might have to set...
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    It's officially a building now, with a door and...

    It's officially a building now, with a door and windows that open and shut (and even lock). The door casing is just rough cut pine for now, but eventually I'll either sand it or put in some hardwood...
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    I asked my mother and she said it is the cold. ...

    I asked my mother and she said it is the cold. She has to be extra careful to keep the bush composted and watered and such in order to keep it happy in this climate. I'm sorry they're invasive...
  14. Thank you all for your help. It's great to hear...

    Thank you all for your help. It's great to hear of the energy savings, though it may work out a little differently in this case since we mostly need heating and only a little cooling.

    The walls...
  15. Yes, I bought the kit with the attic insulation...

    Yes, I bought the kit with the attic insulation shield among other helpful components. I don't think it will fit where the chimney is going through a 12/12 roof that is insulated, so I think that is...
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    I will have to ask my mother, she is the gardener...

    I will have to ask my mother, she is the gardener and I am just the helper. If I recall right she said that it doesn't become invasive this far north because it's right on the edge of being too...
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    I got good news this morning. I had thought the...

    I got good news this morning. I had thought the Amish weren't going to have my remaining lumber cut yet, because it didn't rain last week. I took my mother over that way to get her hair cut and...
  18. Thank you all for the further information. The...

    Thank you all for the further information. The foam guy mentioned needing an air exchanger, and when I asked he said they cost around $1000 and are not hard to install, so that sounds doable.
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    Thank you both. The rafters are a little extra...

    Thank you both. The rafters are a little extra heavy due to the snow load requirements, and I went with 2x6 on 24" centers for the walls figuring that would give more room for rockwool insulation...
  20. Thank you all for your help. You've given me...

    Thank you all for your help. You've given me lots to think about. This house is completely open, I tore it all out last fall after I bought it. The house was abandoned for 6 years, and initially...
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    I spent 3 days this week in Piercefield and made...

    I spent 3 days this week in Piercefield and made some progress on the shop building. I got the last 2 rafters, the furring strips and 3/4 of the roof up on Thursday, the rest of the roof and the...
  22. Spray foam vs. other kinds of insulation in a house

    I am hoping to get some advice from the collective brain here about insulation. A couple of local people have spoken to me recently about the value and benefits of closed cell spray foam for the 100...
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    Good for you. I love auctions, they're a great...

    Good for you. I love auctions, they're a great way to get things cheaply (sometimes).
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    The plans look nice, and I hope the electrical...

    The plans look nice, and I hope the electrical part won't be too hard to get nailed down so you can get started. I'll be especially interested to see the pictures when the dirt work begins, it...
  25. Thanks for the warning. I've owned the car for a...

    Thanks for the warning. I've owned the car for a bit over a year now so that shouldn't be a problem, I imagine.
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