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  1. While having someone prepare a quote to do attic repairs where the old bungalow was cut in half, I asked about products to caulk gaps in the ceiling. My plan is to leave the wood exposed in all but one room, which will have sheetrock on the ceiling. He said there is a product that can be rolled on from the attic side that will seal the ceiling and leave it looking "natural" (no caulk) from inside the house. Has anyone done something similar?
  2. What type of insulation did you end up going with? I'll be facing the same decision with a 1920 bungalow, in which I've removed the old attic insulation and connectors for the old wiring. Insulation will go in after new wiring is installed and it sounds like the best bet is blown-in and not flooring the entire attic. Should roll insulation go under the flooring and the flooring be put down before the remainder is insulated? The new roof is vented and I had new soffits w/vents added. What about radiant barrier? The attic insulation was the only insulation in the entire house, the walls are ship-lap, and the a/c is window units. I plan to add insulation to the exterior walls and had read the blown-in type can settle at the bottom. Is it a better long-term solution to use the roll type? I also saw a suggestion in here that crawl space insulation not be added, becaues it encourages rodents to nest. My house was placed on new blocks 3 high, so it sits "28 high at the beams and the select fill pad was sloped when I had it put in so water wouldn't sit. The neighbors do not keep their dogs contained and their Great Pyr decided he liked spending last summer under the house and did quite a bit of digging. That will be tended to, so I don't think there will be a drainage/moisture problem under the house. Suggestions welcome! I appreciate this forum, since there are so many who live in (and love) the old houses and have a lot of experience to share!
  3. I got mine going...at least half of it. For some reason, one doesn't fully light up, it just "glows" at the base. Both mantles are still like new, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Had to turn up the pilot with a screw driver (side of the base of the lantern) and then removed a glass panel and lit both sides. I'd been afraid to do that before, so thank you for letting me know that's how it is done!
  4. Feel like an idiot...was adjusting the brightness on my exterior gas lamp post, it went out, and now I can't figure out how to light it! HELP?!
  5. I can't recommend who "to" use, but can caution you about using Wooten House Movers. If you do, make sure the finest of details are in the contract they provide, although they still do not abide by the signed agreement.
  6. Poyea, so sorry to hear about your loss. October 5th is 1 yr since I lost a young Doberman to cardiomyopathy (Brighton, on the left), which was tough since I'd lost my "heart" dog suddenly in February to the same thing (Abby, on the right, the last of my non-rescues). It's good to have a competent vet who you trust, because there are so many who lack compassion or charge an arm and a leg (such as the ER clinic on 249 who is less than honest).
  7. It was built in 1920 and had newer sheetrock in most rooms over ancient wallpaper that was over the cloth, which was nailed to the boards. That cloth has been a pain, because it's stuck behind nails that I can't get a prybar underneath to pop out. Blech. The sanding is mainly to remove the marks left behind from all of the mold. Definitely didn't plan on this undertaking, but Hurricane Ike had other plans. There has been a lot of very useful information provided that I'll put to use. Never would have thought about flipping the boards (although it seems like a no-brainer once you hear it!), but plan to save that for a future project. Now if I screw something up, there'll be a backup plan! If I can dodge the layoffs at work and figure out how to keep working on this place with yet another pay cut that I'm sure is coming, the old place may end up as my primary home one day!
  8. I have 5 acres in Montgomery County and moved a bungalow from the Heights onto it. Had to obtain building permits for both the house and the storage building. While my situation is different since it was an existing structure, I asked if an inspection would be required after the new wiring and plumbing were done. They advised there wasn't a County Inspector and an inspection wouldn't be required. That explains a lot of things I saw when looking for property!
  9. I didn't realize the shiplap wasn't intended to be exposed, learn something new every day! Plan to keep a few walls "natural", paint others to give it a cottage look, and remove and replace with sheetrock a couple to use that material for areas with old termite damage. It's a real bugger removing planks, guess that's when a man would come in handy!
  10. And I definitely plan on adding insulation, after discovering there is none between the shiplap and exterior siding. Learning a lot as a result of Hurricane Ike!
  11. I do have a little electric hand sander and a punch to countersink the nails that cannot be removed without damaging the wood. Thanks for the input!!!
  12. Looking for advice on restoring shiplap in an old bungalow. I've removed the sheetrock and "most" of the wallpaper and cheesecloth, still removing the nails used for putting up the wallpaper (lots of cursing), and need to finish removing the mold "dust" left behind from Ike. Plan on lightly sanding by hand when I'm finished...have done so on a portion of one wall as a test. Need to know what type of caulk you've used to make it air/bug tight, any sealant or coating, etc. I plan to leave some walls natural and paint others. Thanks!
  13. I will post some pictures this evening. Originally came in to post about restoring the shiplap (didn't know what that was until the ceilings and walls were caving in from the rains!). Besides working full-time, I volunteer for a non-profit animal rescue and had purchased 5 acres in Montgomery a few years ago. Instead of building, it seemed I could relocate an old bungalow for close to the same cost and be "green" at the same time. The write-up denying my request to move it went on about losing it's relevance by being moved to the boonies. The Forestry Department (I believe that's the correct one...Dale Temple works there) make it difficult to obtain permits without ruining the house...making the height requirement be less than that of an 18-wheeler. Adding insult to injury is the POA where it's now located absolutely, positively hate it and have given me nothing but grief over it. They would have preferred I remained in keeping with the majority of the other homeowners and moved in a doublewide! Besides the house being ruined, the property also had a lot of large trees go down. Not having insurance on the house (can't get insurance until it is put back together and the house mover's responsibility - as if they even had any - ended when they removed it from their trailer), it is been a long, expensive sanity test. My goal is to preserve as much as possible, although it probably would have been easier to remove all of the shiplap, dump it, and just put in sheetrock. A few coworkers helped the week of the hurricane when everyone was in that mode, the rest of it has been me working on it during the weekends when I'm able to get out there. In the end, I still believe I will have an adorable little home on my property!
  14. Wow! I know this is an old post, but I wanted to look at the houses being demolished and a picture of the house I purchased (1228 Arlington) was posted! Let me tell you, it was a nightmare and in hindsight, I would not have done it. The little bungalow was in very good condition compared to others I'd looked at...although I had no idea there were so many available for sale...but the City of Houston made it a painful and expensive process, along with the house movers being dishonest. Neighbors were not happy and complained, which I can understand since it was leaving The Heights, but at least it wasn't going to be razed. The request to move the house received the standard rejection with a 90-day waiting period, then problems with permits, etc. End result...the house moved a couple of months late, cut in half (I knew that up-front) and entire roof removed...the week Ike came through. Rains flooded the house and ruined the interior. A year later and I am still working on it. Shame, because it was livable the way that it was, with the exception of upgrading the wiring and plumbing.
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