Old Houses

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:14 pm

Rob R. wrote:That old floor would look great with just a light finish.


I agree whole heartedly on that idea,just wasn't sure about the (perceived ?) spaces between the boards.
I have lived in old farm houses with bare,wide boards like that.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both


Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:31 pm

I'm leaving the boards as is, just going to apply a finish to them. As far as I can tell they are original to the house. They are about 3/4" thick, there are rudimentary tongue and groove edges, no subfloor. They were sawn on a reciprocating saw, which would place them in the correct time period. The gaps and the wavy surface occurred over time as I'm sure the boards were still green when they were installed. I just sanded enough to get the old finish off, wasn't very thick. Used 36 then 80 then 100 grit. Right now I'm scraping lots of dirt out of the gaps.

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Also in the room is a cutout in the floor and the remains of an old vent with wood covering the opening. I'm figuring this was to let warm air pass upstairs from the room below. I speculate there was a gravity coal furnace in the cellar at one time, a oil fired furnace was installed between 1965 and 1970. The name "Ross" is written on the FHA ducts, that corresponds with who owned the house at the time. Also the floor in the front room is newer construction with a subfloor on a 45 degree angle and more modern hardwood. I figured the floor was installed when the gravity furnace was removed, of course there would have been a large grate in the floor of that room.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:37 pm

Thanks for clarifying the tongue-in-groove design.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:41 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:
Rob R. wrote:That old floor would look great with just a light finish.


I agree whole heartedly on that idea,just wasn't sure about the (perceived ?) spaces between the boards.
I have lived in old farm houses with bare,wide boards like that.


My plan is to run a bead of clear latex caulk in the gaps. I've done that in other places here and it works very well. In the bathroom I left the top beam exposed, I used caulk to seal around the edges.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:53 pm

Looks nice, looking forward to seeing the finished flooring too !
windyhill4.2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:57 pm

Thank you. Still have to sand the perimeter, then I can apply the finish. It's difficult to stay focused when there are always 50 different projects going on at once.
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:05 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:Thank you. Still have to sand the perimeter, then I can apply the finish. It's difficult to stay focused when there are always 50 different projects going on at once.


Remodel projects certainly do not stay focused on only 1 item,at least not for me. Every project started,leads to another issue that needs resolved b4 finishing the initial project . :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:16 pm

I have a bad habit of taking years to complete a project or never finishing it at all. Evidence of that is everywhere here. This particular room I began in December, 2015. I am determined to finish it! :?

I was going along fine last year until the warm weather hit, then outside stuff took over.
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert


Re: Old Houses

PostBy: urdahere On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:46 pm

1830 post and beam farm house. It needed lots of tender care when we bought It more than 40 years ago. Heating it for the last 4 years with a LL Pocono. Holding around 74 degrees during the day. Photos are from our 2015-16 Christmas decorations.
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Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:29 pm

Very nice!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: tsb On: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:42 pm

A few posts back, Wood'nCoal was talking about beams with pegs. Here is a view of our attic during the summer of 1970 when we started on the roof. Lots of beams and lots of pegs.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II
Baseburners & Antiques: Grander Golden Oak , Glenwood # 6
Coal Size/Type: All of them

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:52 pm

1770 house with stairway to roof. Was this common at for what purpose?
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:55 pm

Never seen it before Richard, but I'm sure there was a good reason. People didn't just do stuff for giggles & ha-ha's back when. Maybe to signal the British were coming???????????????????????????? ;)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:03 pm

tsb wrote:A few posts back, Wood'nCoal was talking about beams with pegs. Here is a view of our attic during the summer of 1970 when we started on the roof. Lots of beams and lots of pegs.
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Wow!
CoalHeat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Old Houses

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:43 pm

Done! 3 coats of Minwax glossy. It's still wet in the photos.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert