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  1. Drywall & Plaster
    There is a moisture issue in my sons room. peeling plaster for years. I dried and did everything to dry out carpets thought problem solved. Couldnt make sense of where it was coming from. Decided to peel under plaster and will show you images. There is no lathe or whatever the woodd stuff is...
  2. Electrical
    I wasn't sure whether to put this in electrical or painting, but as the rather problematic thing is the wiring, I'll put it here... We have just purchased a flat in a building from 1918. It is in need of repair, and one of the first tasks will be stripping the paint from all the wood trim...
  3. Building & Construction
    I just bought a home built in the 1790's and in my quest to "fix" the walls, i took the plaster off the interior walls and on the inside of the exterior walls i discovered stone. The stacked stone is between the timbers and i am wondering what i can do with this. Are these in fact stone walls...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hello! Basement air sealing and insulation advice needed! I have a 1903 foursquare in central Brrrmont on a mortared stone full basement foundation with slightly younger addition over crawl with perhaps no real foundation (appears to have been built like a "pole barn" -- posts on flat stones on...
  5. Building & Construction
    HI I am very new to this, so apologies if this has been asked before or I'm pointing out the obvious. I need to install a new dishwasher 25 inches deep into an old kitchen where the counter is only 21.5 inches deep. I know some of it is going to stick out which is fine, but when I looked at...
  6. Building & Construction
    I'm concerned about potential future moisture problems. I bought an 80-90 year old double brick house in Pittsburgh. I began removing the horsehair plaster and lathes in some sections due to water damage, then continued around the house after I found knob & tube wiring and decided to gut it...
  7. Electrical
    Dear Electrical Experts: I am replacing a wall fixture in a plaster wall in my circa 1915 home. Unfortunately, the previous fixture did not have a wall switch (it was controlled by a switch on the fixture itself). As a result, I am now installing a light fixture. In order to run the line...
  8. Electrical
    I'm a newbie for sure. First post. Anyway, I recently purchased a turn of the century fixer upper house which is currently occupied by renters (former owners). I'll move in in a couple of months. There is a chandelier type ceiling fixture in the dining room literally hanging from a thread...
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