Renovating Old Houses Bringing New Life to Vintage Homes

ISBN-10: 1561585351

ISBN-13: 9781561585359

Edition: 2003

Authors: George Nash
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Description: If you love old houses, you know that this emotional attachment demands a wealth of practical knowledge. That's just what George Nash provides in this old house owner's manual. Drawing on years of renovation experience, Nash shows you what it takes to make an old house convenient and livable by present-day standards, while still retaining or restoring important historical details. Book jacket.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.630
Language: English

Nash is a renovation contractor and fencebuilding enthusiast.

Introduction
Why Buy an Old House?
Conscious Renovation: Philosophies Defined
A Manufacturer's Warning and Limited Warranty
Evaluating a House Before You Buy
Where to Begin
Inspecting the Exterior
Inspecting the Interior Structure
The Mechanical Systems
The Heating System
The Electrical System
Checking for Pollutants
Real-Estate Matters
Organizing Priorities
Structural or Cosmetic?
Developing the Design
Approaches to Renovation
Hiring a Contractor
Architects and Designers
Foundations
The Forces of Earth and Water
Solving Water-Infiltration Problems
Creating a Dry Cellar Floor
Exterior Drainage
Repairing Foundation Walls
Replacing Foundation Walls
Raising or Holding a House
Jacking the House
The New Foundation
The House Frame
The Evolution of American House Frames
Repairing or Replacing Rotted Sills
Replacing or Repairing Rotted Posts
Repairing Sagging Floors
Repairing Other Structural Elements
Epoxy Beam Repairs
Truing Up the House Frame
The Roof and Gutters
Wood Shingles
Slate
Cement-Asbestos Shingles
Metal Roofing
Asphalt Roofing
Valley Problems
Gutters
Siding, Trim, Windows, and Doors
Wood Siding
Getting under Your House's Skin
Repairing and Replacing Exterior Trim
Nonstructural Epoxy Wood Repairs
Windows
Doors
Porches, Verandas, and Additions
Repairing Porches and Verandas
Shed and Garage Additions
Insulation and Ventilation
Ventilation Fact and Fancy
Energy Audits, Caulking, and Weatherstripping
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Infiltration, Condensation, and Insulation
Vapor Barriers and Air Barriers
Insulation Theory and Practice
Poured and Blown-in Insulation
Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
What to Do about Plaster?
Alternatives to Plaster
Drywall
Repairing Stairs
Wood Paneling
Ceiling Treatments
Stripping Trim
Finished at Last: The Floors
The Electrical System
Basic Electrical Theory
A Short History of Home Wiring
How It All Works
The Perils and Pitfalls of Old Wiring
Rewiring an Old House
Lightning Protection
Household Plumbing
How Plumbing Works
The Old-House Plumbing System
The Drainage System
Plumbing and Structural Changes
A Water-Pump Primer
Home Heating Systems
Hot-Air Systems
Steam Heating Systems
Hot-Water Heating Systems
Replacing Boilers and Furnaces
Cast-Iron Radiators
Cooling Old House
Repairing and Restoring Chimneys
Afterword
Readings
Index
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