These journal entries track our progress as we undertake our adventure of restoring this very old home. The main reason for keeping this journal on the web is that we have found that there are very few resources (books or websites) that follow all of the trials and tribulations of restoring an old home...from start to finish.
October 7, 2001
October 21, 2001
I spent several hours salvaging what I could from 19th century clapboards that I had removed during my residing work this summer. The clapboards had been stacked up on sawhorses in the back yard for several months waiting for me to pull nails and cut them down to pieces that could be reused.
We continue to try to lessen our mouse population in the house. But not with much success. William and I caught a mouse in the kitchen Saturday night. William nicknamed him "Stupid Little" since he was so easy to catch.
October 28, 2001
We're at a bit of a crossroads in our work on the house. The weather is getting colder so we're looking inside for our next project...yet they all loom large and intimidating. I am not anxious to take on any projects in the original portion of the house until we address some significant structural issues in the cellar...hopefully in the spring. (One old floor joist is so far gone that it sags a full inch below the floor boards and you can wiggle the joist with your hands.)
So this weekend we started eyeing the law office (1880s) upstairs. This is the huge room with an entire ceiling of beaded board and beaded board wainscotting. I had done some experiments last winter using the heat gun to strip the paint off of the wood. It worked fairly well, but it would take years to strip the entire room. The paint on the ceiling has blistered ever so slightly, leaving the surface pretty rough to the touch. This all needs to be sanded down before painting. A couple months ago I restored one of the windows in this room. The other three are in dire need of attention as well. This room has the best views in the house, being up high you see the creek out the back and acres of fields out the front. So I guess we have our winter project.
Of course, if we could just find some real loot with that metal detector, we could hire somebody to come strip the beaded board... -- Bill
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