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Old 05-18-2008, 09:50 PM   #1
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Hello everybody.

My name is Bill and I am from the northern border of Chicago. I am about to close on my first home that is full of ... ahem *character.

This little gem was built in 1927 and is full of a several years worth of weekend projects.

The kitchen has 6x6 wood tiles on the wall, the walls in the dining room and living room are textured plaster.

There is a string of knob and tube wiring in the attic.

hardwood crown and baseboard moldings covered in 80 years worth of (lead) paint.

Doors, trim and brass knobs also covered in paint.

block chimney that is in bad shape

bathroom that needs updating

requisite Chicago bungalow non functioning brick fireplace with dual stained glass windows above.

badly chalked white aluminum siding.

basement with a shower stall next to the washer.

No less than 3 nice sized work rooms.

I have big ideas, little time and even less money to get this house into shape.

I can't wait!

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Old 05-19-2008, 12:50 AM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on the new house.
Home projects can be fun and rewarding. Just remember, some jobs are better left to the pros. It is NOT worth risking injury to yourself or taking chances with the integrity of your home's structure. Even though I'm a pro, I too, hire other pros to do work for me. No one is a master at everything!
There is a ton of info here and elsewhere on the internet. Do your homework BEFORE starting a project. Getting in over your head is not the objective! And remember, a 1/2 hour TV show rarely gives you enough information to COMPLETE a project.
Ask away but don't get discouraged if you aren't hearing the answers you were hoping for. We are here to try to help but sometimes error on the side of caution for your benefit.
Sometimes, there is more than a single way to get something done so you might receive multiple correct answers too.


GOOD LUCK with the new (er, old) place!

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:50 AM   #3
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Hello everybody.

My name is Bill and I am from the northern border of Chicago. I am about to close on my first home that is full of ... ahem *character.

This little gem was built in 1927 and is full of a several years worth of weekend projects.
I am sure that anyone who has owned an older home can tell you, they are full of a lifetime of weekend projects. Everytime you start one project, it turns into ten. Not necessarily a bad thing, since you are improving your own property. The point being that, you never seem to be able to complete (be done with) the home improvement checklist, without adding more to it...

Welcome to the site, and congratulations on your new "older" home.

FWIW: I like older homes as well, because of their character and craftsmanship.
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