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This Old Crack House

From log house to farmhouse. Farmhouse to townhouse. Townhouse to apartment house. Apartment house to crack house. Crack house to our house. Our house to our home.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Heating System Installed

I installed the heating system for one of the second floor rooms on the "cottage" side of the house. We opted for a traditional form of heating system that wouldn't cost too much money. Since all the walls of the cottage are brick including the inside wall, my options were very limited, but I think I have the perfect system:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Latest Creation

Still working on the resident house and I must say that it has never looked cleaner! For years I had piece of wobbly laminate counter top sitting on top of the dishwasher. I dismantled the frameing when I sanded the floors sometime around 1999 and never put it back because I always meant to replace the counter top. Well I finally took care of the problem. I made a mold and poured a concrete counter top. It was a small piece, 27" X 26" so I made it in the basement and polished it in the back yard. I got this done last week between orgaizing the basement and the attic and dusting everywhere. I tried to be a little artistic and made two triangle shaped inserts using broken glass as the aggregate but they didn't come out the way that I imagined. I thought more glass would be visible after the whole thing was polished. It doesn't look bad but may have been better without the inserts. Here are the pictures




and for all you house porn addicts, here is the rest of the kitchen from assorted angles!



Saturday, May 17, 2008

When Asbestos was Cool!

We are having our neighborhood yard sale this weekend. The woman across the street was showing me a bunch of items in an old suitcase and this caught my attention. You don't see many of these around, do you?

Friday, May 09, 2008

Pitchin' the Hood Again!

Next week is our third annual Walnut Hills Yard Sale Event but this year I've added an open house day. The idea being that we have much foot traffic and drive through traffic for three days which gives plenty of people the opportunity to see "Open House Sunday" signs in the yards of those properties participating in the event. We have never done anything like this before but it really makes sense for a neighborhood to host an annual OPEN HOUSE DAY if you want to promote the neighborhood and reduce the number of "For Sale "signs dotted about the streets. We produce a map with all the yard sales and open house locations listed to make navigation about the area easier for visitors. The map works really well for the yard sales. People tend to migrate to the streets with the largest concentration of dots first and then to the area with the next highest cluster and so on. I am hoping to get between 10 and 20 open houses for the day. We are close to the lower number at present, which is good for a first time event. I expect a bunch of realtors will wait until the last minute before they sign up. Just like waiting until the week before a listing expires to try to sell your house!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Such Class!

If you drive along Wayne Avenue where it intersects with Edgar Avenue and look at the front yards, you will see this. I can't say if the chairs are there to support the dish or if the dish holds up the chairs. I'm waitng to see if a big screen TV appears in the front yard too.


I guess it could be worse. There could be a used washing machine strapped to the pole!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Flour Power!

I've been cleaning up the residence basement and was wondering what kind of paint had been applied to the walls. It is flat, white, thick and textured with sand in a few locations. So I looked in the old "Household Hints and Discoveries" book from 1909 and found this recipe for cellar paint;

Slake enough lime for a pailful of whitewash. Mix half a pint of flour with cold water to a smooth paste, thin with scalding water, and boil until it thickens. Pour this boiling hot onto the whitewash and stir vigorously.
Or use boiled rice strained through cheese cloth. Add a teacupful of the strained rice to a pailful of slaked lime. Cover cellar walls twice a year or oftener with whitewash, to which add copperas at the rate of 2 pounds to a gallon. Apply whitewash freely, removing all shelves, etc., so as to cover the entire surface of the walls.

So, what do you think I did?

That's right. I made me a batch and went at it. (Without the iron sulphate of course.) In fact I have made two batches. It works really well. It goes on like a gooey paste and dries to a brilliant white. It covers stains pretty good too. I don't know about painting my basement twice a year since this is the first time I've done it in 14 years. One more thing, I can't tell if I like the whole wheat or bleached all purpose flour better ...