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  • Michael_Hohn
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    James,

    As you probably know, New England is noted for the massive central chimneys. Without knowing the arrangement of rooms I’d guess it served at least four fireplaces. Maybe more. The el would have needed at least one fireplace on the first floor. That might have been it, hence it’s much smaller. The el in our 1859 house has a chimney but no fireplace on the second floor, which was not a full-height floor but had its own stairs and plastered so was inhabited.

    Mike

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  • jbvb
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    Belated thanks, Pete, Bob & Mike.

    Apropos of Bror's comment from 15-Mar-20 ("Again because of the renovations over the years, if the kitchen were in the 'ell' it would have had its own chimney."): I recently looked closely at this photo from the Rt. 1 Bypass construction:



    Indeed there was a chimney on the track end of the 'El' in 1934. And a second front door facing Washington St., plus a stovepipe coming out of the not-yet-extended main chimney. The small size of the El chimney makes me think it was added when iron cookstoves replaced fireplace cooking, probably by 1830. Gas or electric cooking would have removed the incentive to maintain it.

    The stovepipe is harder to fathom. Maybe necessary to keep a coal-fired convection circulation hot air heat system burning properly? Likely removed when the main chimney was extended.

    As 1950 is my earliest target, I'm not going to redo anything. Next update here will be when I either start on the interior, or landscape the lot and whinge at the city till they build sidewalks.

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    Very nice, James. You've replicated the look of a historic structure with a high degree of fidelity.

    Mike

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  • Orionvp17
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    quote:


    Originally posted by sgtbob


    What Pete said, BRAVO!!

    Remember, as they say in New England,

    STAY WICKED FAH APAHT

    Bob (The displaced New Englander)




    Pete

    anothah transplant

    in Michigan

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  • sgtbob
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    What Pete said, BRAVO!!

    Remember, as they say in New England,

    STAY WICKED FAH APAHT

    Bob (The displaced New Englander)

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  • Orionvp17
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    Wow! Very cool!

    This looks really good. You have a winner there!

    Bravo!!

    Pete

    in Michigan

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  • jbvb
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    Here's how 28 Winter St. looks now:



    That little bit of light under the eaves goes on the 'fix for contest judging' list.



    So does the shine on B.E.S.T.'s peel-n-stick flashing.



    And the funny line of the flashing on this side of the chimney. It should be step flashing, maybe I'll be able to manage the chimney contour with a brand new #11 blade. Real step flashing would have had to have been done while applying the shingles.

    I've added basic interior walls around the chimney and front stairwell, plus separating the back part of the El from the right front bedroom. If I can ever meet the owners, I will ask if there are back stairs, and how they're oriented.

    It's certainly layout-ready, and that's where it will be until social distancing becomes unimportant.

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  • jbvb
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    Thanks, Pete, George, Mike, Chuck, Rich, Jim, Bob.

    Today, after dealing with taxes, I loaded the air brush with Scalecoat Flat Glaze. My bottle is old enough to vote and has developed a bit of brown tint, which IMO worked out just fine on the shiny N&W Red. The walls got sprayed, not the roof or chimney:



    The current Challenge is drawing to a close, and so is my virus holiday. Tomorrow I'm helping unload a truckload of ties at Seashore. Gloved, 10 feet away from anyone else and bringing lunch. Next will come prep for the contractor we expect to insert them in mid-May. Plus gardening season.

    The house needs only a roof and a couple of interior view blocks to be 'layout quality'. For 'contest quality', there are several things I need to fix and then the rest of the interior to build. I'll do the 'layout' work, using Tacky Glue to temporarily install windows and leave the 'contest' work for the next lockdown (math tells me to expect two or more, depending on how much attention we pay to science).

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  • sgtbob
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    Very nice.

    Bob

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  • BurleyJim
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    James,

    Looks excellent with some very interesting techniques. :up:

    Jim

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  • Pennman
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    Great work you're doing James, and a tedious project to boot !!

    Rich

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  • wvrr
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    Very nice, James.

    Chuck

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    James,

    Your house is progressing well. You’ve done a good job on all the windows, the leaded ones in particular.

    Mike

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  • George_D
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    What Pete said. :up:

    George

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  • Orionvp17
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    Again, this is shaping up nicely. Like!

    Tudor windows are cool, too! Good technique!

    Pete

    in Michigan

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