Old wall - need help


Washington DC’s historic neighborhoods are well known for the brick retaining walls that support tiered gardens in front of the old homes. Owners know that these hardworking structures add value and authenticity to the home and should be preserved and maintained with traditional design and materials.

A retaining wall is a specially designed structure that holds the weight of soil on one side and is free standing on the other. It is used to separate public from private spaces and to support urban gardens, walkways, and fences. Because it must support substantial weight – soil and water – only the most well designed walls survive over time. Crumbling retaining walls are both unsightly and unsafe and need to be restored.

If Your Retaining Wall is Made of Old Brick…

It is not uncommon in old DC brick structures to have missing or damaged bricks. These should be replaced. Extensive damage may even require rebuilding of the structure. There are a few things you...

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So, we have a great venue for our wedding, but it’s an historical buidling that’s still under renovation. It’s really cool and a huge space, but the walls need work and I am stumped as to how to distract away from them.

Our venue is Washington Hall in Seattle (www.washingtonhall.org). It is really amazing, but the stair way heading up to the Main Hall and the balcony surrounding the main hall need a lot of cleaning and love.

Any great ideas? Our theme is Undersea and we’re already going to be utilizing a lot of paper lanterns and balloons (like big bubbles). I’m thinking some sort of stringed lighting or inexpensive fabric may help, but am stumped.

I can’t wait to see what everybody...

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To see if there's a ground on the box go to the fuse box ( I'm assuming no breakers) and look to see if there's a bare bare copper wire attached to a bar for each circuit, then look at the box for a clip that has a copper ground wire attached or a screw in the back or elsewhere with copper wire attached. If so, the box is grounded and there should be 120 v between the receptacle hot wire and box and close to zero between the neutral and box.

There should be about 120 v across both wires/receptacle screws.

There are also small pen like neon testers for this.

If the fuse box is grounded, some romex can be attached to it and run to the receptacle in question, the romex is ground and will show about 0 volts between it and the neutral, about 120 V between it and the hot...

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HBO's Bill Maher had a message for Trump supporters, or 'Trumpsters,' as he called them in the final new rule segment on Friday's show where he gave a monologue on why The Wall isn't needed. Maher said it will not help with employment and it is not feasible to build, but that The Wall lives on the heart of every Trump supporter.

"You don't need it, because everything that wall represents, the bigotry, the racism, the ignorance, the paranoia, is already in your heart," Maher said.

"The Wall will not help with employment, it's not feasible to build, and even Trump knows it's bullshit," he said. "And if all of that isn't enough to deter you, let me add this Trumpsters, you don't need it, because everything that wall represents, the bigotry, the racism, the ignorance, the paranoia, is already in your heart."

Maher even took a jab at FOX News' Tucker Carlson, saying The Wall is there "every time you're Tucker Carlson."

His commentary:

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We have an old wall-hung-tank toilet. The tank connects to the bowl with what I think is called a flush elbow. See attached pics. Tonight it started leaking from the slip joint marked "1". I tried tightening it a little and it then started leaking from slip joint "2". So I decided to remove the elbow and reconnect it after getting whatever washers, etc., were necessary. I was able to unscrew the joints at the tank ("2") and at the bowl (not numbered), and the pipe moves around easily. But there isn't enough clearance to remove it from either end. I tried to unscrew slip joint "1" but the pipe between that and the bowl kept rotating. So I held the pipe still with a pipe wrench, but the nut won't budge. I'm not using all my strength because I'm afraid of breaking the porcelain. I've used Kroil Oil penetrant but that didn't help.

Am I correct that what I am calling slip joint "1" really is a joint connecting two pieces of pipe? Any suggestions for how to get that nut to...

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I use an old crockpot from a garage sale, pull the wires out, sumtimes da socket.
sumtimes , take da socket out later if it's junk.
Water and dish soap to get that paint off, after soaking on low most of the paint will slide off in a few hours.
The remainder scrubs off with a stiff toothbrush after repeated soaks.

eBay item number:



The more ornate tha wall plate is the more desireable it is to sumone restoring an old home.
yours is quite common, most folks toss em as junk, if it's not fancy with a glass shade.

eBay item number: 261603560479

Doesn't mean yours can't be used to piece another one together. The better that wall plate looks at sale time,

up goes the price a few bucks.

Otherwise it's a gamble to a restorer if that's going ta clean up good.

The previous quote is posted is right in da ballpark in it's present shape.

Yes there is a market fer...

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Q. I searched for and couldn’t find any issues on good ways to remove wall paper. I have a room that has 30 years of old wallpaper on it, any ideas??? It is stuck! – Christina

A. This is for the person with the old wallpaper. Mix a solution of fabric softener and hot water 1/2 and 1/2 and put in a spray bottle. Spray the walls and start peeling. You can soak a rag and rub the wallpapered walls as well but the spray bottle is less messy. My wall paper was 20 years old and came off like a charm. Just clean the wall after with TSP (TSP is just the name of the product. I guess it is only available in Canada. It is a all purpose heavy duty cleaner in a granule form. It removes wax, grease, wallpaper residue, cleans concrete etc. I don’t know what an equivalent would be that you could purchase in the US.) to remove the glue residue. – Monica

A. I saw this on "Trading Spaces"…you wet down the wall with a sponge, then with a scraper you take off the paper, for the STUCK...

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Need help with an old safe

So my wife and I moved this year and the new house has an old safe in the basement. 1st owner of the house built the house and put in the safe in 1997. In 2003 the bank foreclosed on the house and it sat empty for awhile. We don't know if they moved away, fell on hard times or just plain died. 2nd owner bought the house in 2005 and sold it to us in 2012. The 2nd owner told us they don't know the combination and they have never had it open. They always wanted to open in and see if something is inside but just didn't get around to it. The safe is built into the wall under the basement stairs and it's face is surrounded by a cheap bookshelf in a basement storage room.

On the wall behind the shelf that is just above the safe and centered directly over it is a string of numbers written in pencil on the OSB. I can tell from the way the OSB is installed the original framers of the house did not install it, the 1st homeowner did.

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I was recently chatting with a neighbor who asked, " We love our 100 year old home. However, it sure is a drafty old place! We're interested in blowing insulation into the walls, what do you think Bob?"

Let me start by saying, if you live in an old house you are part of a large group of plaster dust lovers. I have great respect for and kinship with people choosing to live on tree-lined streets full of unique old homes with character.

Having said that, it's time for an old house reality check. If your goal is to continue loving your old house, make it energy efficient while keeping your costs down, then you absolutely don't want to blow insulation into the sidewalls.

One of the top reasons for exterior paint failure, termites and structural damage to old houses is loose cellulose or fiberglass insulation blown into the sidewalls. "Hey, wait a minute Bob, if we can't insulate the sidewalls, how can we afford to heat our old house?" That's a valid question but you...

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