Marian Hall and back of house - taken 1918
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I didn't spring for the nice antique style shut off valves, but you just can't have it all and have to prioritize where you splurge. But it still looks pretty good even if it's stuff from the big orange box store. I purchased a flush pipe for the toilet from DEA Bath (and almost had a stroke paying for it). This pipe cost almost as much as the toilet itself! The tank came with an original 2 inch outlet, but you just can't get that size anymore. The new pipe is 1 1/2". I tried to get a reducer, but plumbing threads were not standardized at all back then, so will not thread on the original connector. I will end up buying a new flush assembly with spud to connect to the flush pipe from DEA Bath - as soon as I see how The Petch House makes out getting his. Check out Greg's site for a comical story about these characters (I'm glad I'm not the one going through it), but unfortunately they're the only place you can get this assembly from. The water supply is a standard shut off valve and then a stainless line and fitting to the tank.
Also found a nice (will be) original oak medicine cabinet with beveled mirror and a porcelain sconce. This is as far as I've progressed so far in here, will be back in here when I make my lap spackling the first floor.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Here is a matchbook cover from his business that I found on EBAY - you really can find just about anything if you look hard enough on there!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
my new favorite tool - the drywall lift
The outside hose was moved from the dining room bowed wall to this wall, so first I had to run this line. Then I installed the vent outlet and duct work for the exhaust fan. Next was wiring for the light/fan, a sconce for the sink and a GFCI outlet. The final item was adding a return in the wall for the future AC system. I was now ready to start the wall installation. The ceiling had to be done first, and instead of drywall, I hung the same 7/16" plywood I used for the wainscoting nailer - this will be for installing the tin ceiling. Then a cutout was made for the combo exhaust fan/light. I really liked this piece cause it fits in with the room and I won't have to have a grill taking away from the looks of the ceiling.
Next was the bottom half plywood and the top half greenboard. Everything was in place then to start roughing in the sink, toilet and tub. I previously talked about the tub I restored for the room. I also rounded up an original American Standard pedestal sink (1926) from a local consignment store for $75 - like the rest of the pieces the porcelain is very clean. I bought new faucets for this from Vintage Bath, same place as the tub items.
Finally the highlight piece for me - an original pull chain toilet. The tank was another EBAY find, I think it was $135, with all internals still present and in good shape. I did have to find a pull for it. After some EBAY searching for a few months with no luck, I bought an original American Standard toilet from DEA Bath. It's stamped 1924. Another fine piece complete with a new rear spud, the $300 with shipping was a splurge but I was happy with it.
Next step, plumbing and a tin ceiling....
Monday, February 19, 2007
Here it is ready for it's new home.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I swapped out the basement door with a correct style 5-panel that I trash picked (people still throw away solid pine and oak for hollow cardboard doors??!!) Next step was finally rebuilding the bottom steps that were hacked out when the butler stairs was walled off. The landing that the door jamb rests on had it's lip cut flush, so this involved carefully dismantling the jamb so the landing could be replaced. For material I was able to use the original heart pine plank sheathing I removed from the back addition. This stuff is hard as nails and will hold up to foot traffic no problem, and was the right dimensions to boot. A minor change from what was original, I extended the steps over another 6 inches and tied them into the built in pantry. Once completed the jamb was reinstalled, the door hung, and the butler stairs were back in action after 40 years.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Once the framing and cabinet/shelving were installed, I continued on with the closet framing. Now I was ready to drywall this section I just built... it was nice to be able to hang walls for once without having to shim every stud along the way. On the bottom section, I started installing the pine bead board. I found a great buy on EBAY for a lot of original pine tongue and groove bead boards that came out of a barn somewhere near Lancaster. They were all about 7 feet long and the final price.... $1 each! You can't get HD junk for that price and this stuff is the real mccoy. So the plan will be to have wainscoting 3 feet high around the kitchen and powder room. To trim out the built-ins I had just enough original 3 1/3" pine casing I took from inside the 3rd floor closet and basement entrance.
To finish up my framing work, I settled on continuing the ceiling straight until it merged with the pitched section. After marking some point with a level and running a string guide, I sistered joist sections to finish off the flat section of ceiling. Then I finished off the drywall work and now ready to start working on the walls. So far so good....
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Next, the butler stairs got the drywall treatment, note the window to replace existing block glass that will get colored and/or frosted panes once installed:
Finally I worked my way up to the upstairs hall, check out the original doorbell I acquired:
Next post it will be back to the kitchen adventure. As for the present drywall spackling progress - I'm on bucket number 6, and probably sanded five off! You'll just have to wait and see as I get posts up to current projects.
Borough police chief Tom Byrne said Cpl. Mark Bascelli was on routine patrol when he saw smoke coming from the second floor of a house belonging to Todd Bower.
Bascelli knocked on the door of the house and when no one answered, broke in the door and found Bower, 45, asleep on the first floor. Byrne said Bascelli was able to get Bower out of the house, which was heavily damaged. There is no estimate of the damage and the fire is under investigation. Byrne said the house was in the process of being reconverted from apartments back to a single-family house. "I got there at 4:30 and it (the fire) was ripping," Byrne said.The police chief said one borough firefighter was taken to Taylor Hospital for treatment."Assistant chief Tom Eckenrode suffered from exhaustion after he got back to the firehouse and was taken to the hospital," Byrne said.Byrne said Chester Pike, between Sellers and Swarthmore avenues, was shut down for three hours, right through the morning rush hour. "We not only had the trouble with the fire, but with the ice," Byrne said. According to Byrne, assisting fire companies were Prospect Park, Tinicum, Chester Township canteen, Brookhaven and Holmes.