Sunday, November 19, 2017

Installing A Chimney Liner

I found a new "Z" Flex Chimney Liner Kit" on craigslist which is recommended for the wood stove used in this old farmhouse, and it was delivered by the seller for 1/4 the price. We wrapped it with 1/2" required insulation on sale from ebay and installed it ourselves after Christian inspected and measured the chimney length. The boys worked together on the roof while Bill directed the project including removing the wood stove and reinstalling it. Securing ladders on all slate roof surfaces was important, especially with unexpected early rain.

 I will order a custom chimney plate from "Fireside Chimney Supply" next so that the stone chimney cap can be used again instead of the commercial set-up we installed temporarily.  Bill created a custom hearth plate from a sheet of copper we had, which is now siliconed back into position above the wood stove.

The 1/2" pipe insulation which is mandatory as well as a code requirement, came from "Rockford Chimney Supply" in a kit. This insulation covered with a fireproof sleeve, allows the stove to now burn with much improved draw.

The insulation is spray glued, taped and clamped on at both ends of the liner pipe; before it is cut to size using a hacksaw and pulled down the chimney with a heavy chain and clothesline attached. A few extra feet of pipe are initially added to the length to allow for bends in the flu. This stove will burn overnight and heat most of the house. How nice to have the job (about 5 hrs. and $500 for materials) done before Thanksgiving and major cold weather sets in.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Creating A China Closet

This open space next to the dining room fireplace had been opened up to make burst pipe repairs. There was no door frame besides missing and broken plaster walls. Bill built a door frame to fit an old plank door I found in another part of the house. The space was gutted, sheet rocked, wood trimmed, and fit for five deep shelves  recessed 2".

This closet is 3' wide X 2' deep with a ceiling light towards the front of it; and seems perfect for the crystal, white ironstone, china and colorful linens etc., that will be stored here. Christian stripped remaining door paint with a blow torch and scraper. The shelves are built from a 4' X 8' piece of finished, one-side plywood; face trimmed with a thin piece of pine and painted white. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Staining The Deck Rail

We waited all summer for more than a week without rain, so we could stain the power washed deck and railing at this old farmhouse. The newer Benjamin Moore deck stains require the wood be completely dry and this weekend we managed to solid stain the railing white and will wait until next Spring to paint the deck floor with Arborcoat "Platinum" colored solid stain.

We were happy to find an earlier acrylic version of this stain since it completely covered the railings in one coat and cleaned up so easily! All of the solid constructed; pressure treated wood here seems like new after it's cleaning of molds or mildew, sanding and painting. Although Bill has always been a strong advocate of oil based paint and stains, we are finding the newer options work well if you follow the application techniques.

Wood For Winter

Recently, we rented a local log splitter for $75.00 to split a dying ash tree felled at the farm and much hard wood we collected at our own house. We filled an old barn foundation and tractor shed for the coming winter with four of us on hand.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Leveling An Old Brick Walkway

The curved brick walkway leading to Old Farm, was upheaved from accessing the nearby septic tank at some point. It became easy to trip on, so Bill removed the affected bricks to the side, re-leveled the ground, and filled the cracks with Sand Mix Cement after the bricks were back in place. Below is the walkway earlier; just after planting the garden.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Gorgeous Garden Table

The latest of Bill's ceramic tables is just gorgeous. I am hoping to use it in my studio since it is such an artistic piece. It should be in the center of the room so that you can see all of the lovely sides to it. Bill's glazing is truly art.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dining Room Doors

I have just finished stripping all of the doors which access or are part of the dining room of this old farmhouse. My favorite are the two small French doors which open to the old, now enclosed front porch with a transom window...

Another favorite door is this old plank one I have stripped down to very early, cool paint colors. The blue painted and beaded side will be hung facing the room and the more stripped side will be interior. The thumb latch handle was partially missing, but I found one to fit it on ebay. This will enclose a china closet next to the fireplace.

This dutch door is lovely here because when the top is open, it allows air to flow from the mudroom with screened windows through to the front transom porch window opposite.