Questions about: old-house

Hello again, The plaster over mesh thing wasn't as far-fetched as it might sound. The builders decided (in the 1970s) to put out soil pipe inside thecavity wall. Outside are bricks, in the middle is the soil pipe, andon the other side is the mesh wit
So here’s a strange story that I pull out every now and then. This post is the perfect place to retell it. When I was in High School, I played guitar in a few different rock / metal bands
I live in one of millions of older homes that have stucco applied right to the ground, like so: There's really no way to retrofit a conventional weep screed here. Lowering grade is not feasible except in spots. Are there alternative designs? Note tha
first of all one had better look in to the construction of the house and see if the support is such that one can do it with reasonable rooms in the basement, there are two basic ways of doing it, one is to put up temporary supports and put to rebuild
Through the years, moto manufacturers have devised various ways of keeping valves properly adjusted. With each passing year, more and more bikes switch to a shim-under-bucket arrangement. How come? Let’s examine why poppet valves need adjustment, and
For a house that I'm in the process of buying, there is what I think is called a "catch basin" in the backyard (under a manhole-looking cover). It seems that the kitchen sink may be draining into this, which results in some food/etc items appearing i
The closeup looks like cement based backer board used to hold tile in wet/damp locations. If so, that is not original. It would be very hard to restore to lathe/plaster throughout, especially if sections are missing
For old-house owners, the main attraction is that the small (3" diameter), flexible ducts can be snaked through walls and on top of ceilings without the need to cut big chases or drop a ceiling. And unlike the large wall-, floor-, or ceiling-mounted
My risers are leaking ground water into the tanks every time it rains. It's pouring in gallons per minute through the gap between the existing risers and the tanks, the level increases 1" every 20 minutes. One of the companies I talked to said they w