For Pros, By Pros: Renovating Old Houses

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For those who love to live in old houses or want to invest in one, this completely revised and updated book levels no stone unturned. From evaluating a property to making foundation repairs to adding on a porch, it's a comprehensive guide to every aspect of making renovations and repairs?whether you already live in, or are contemplating buying, an older home.

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Overview

For those who love to live in old houses or want to invest in one, this completely revised and updated book levels no stone unturned. From evaluating a property to making foundation repairs to adding on a porch, it's a comprehensive guide to every aspect of making renovations and repairs—whether you already live in, or are contemplating buying, an older home.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Plain talk for restorers, from soup to nuts (and bolts). Here's thorough, practical advice that's sensitive to both history and budget."
Library Journal
This is a reincarnation of Nash's out-of-print classic, Old House: A Rebuilder's Manual ( LJ 1/15/80), substantially rewritten and reorganized. The focus is the major defects of old houses: the heaved foundation walls, defunct mechanical systems, rotted structural timbers, damaged roofs, and broken staircases. Nash is both an artful writer and a knowledgeable renovation specialist. He writes with poetic grace about the unique character and hidden beauty of old houses, yet he's remarkably clearheaded and resourceful when dealing with their often maddening irregularities. There isn't a better sourcebook on the larger structural challenges of renovation. Most libraries should have this as a companion volume to Michael Litchfield's Renovation: A Complete Guide ( LJ 8/90. rev. ed.).-- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561581283
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: For Pros By Pros Series
  • Edition description: Updated and improved ed.]
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Nash is a renovation contractor and fencebuilding enthusiast.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Structural and Financial Evaluation 14
Making an External Examination 16
Making an Internal Examination 27
Preserving Historically Significant Features 38
Financial and Legal Considerations 39
Organizing Priorities 44
Developing the Design 46
Approaches to Renovation 55
How to Rebuild and Stay Sane 57
Hiring a Contractor 60
Architects and Designers 63
Foundations 64
Water-Infiltration Problems 66
Installing an Exterior Drainage System 68
Repairing and Replacing Foundation Walls 70
Raising the House 73
The New Foundation 86
Adding a Cellar 95
Pouring a Concrete Floor 98
The House Frame 102
Types of House Frames 103
Replacing Rotted Sills 109
Repairing Rotted Posts 115
Repairing Sagging Floors 116
Repairing Other Structural Elements 121
Truing Up the House Frame 125
The Roof 130
Roofing Materials 131
Roofing Repairs 137
Reroofing with Asphalt Shingles 144
Installing Asphalt Shingles 152
Reroofing with Wood Shingles 159
Reroofing with Steel Sheets 160
Eave Protection 164
Eavestroughs and Downspouts 165
The Cold Roof 171
Windows, Doors, Siding and Trim 172
Infiltration and Heat Loss: Tightening Up the House 173
Windows 177
Doors 184
Exterior Siding and Trim 189
Painting Protocol 202
Attachments, Additions and Alterations 206
Porches and Verandas 207
Sheds and Garages 214
Radical Changes: Attic and Roof Retrofits 215
Walls, Ceilings and Floors 220
What to do about Plaster 221
Inside the Walls: Insulation Theory and Practice 227
Interior Partitions: Moving Walls 234
Building and Repairing Stairs 241
Interior Wall Finishes 245
Ceiling Treatments 252
A Note on Trim 257
Finished at Last: The Floors 258
The Electrical System 262
Basic Electrical Theory 263
Evaluating Your Electrical System 264
Designing a Circuit 267
Rewiring an Old House 268
Making the Right Connection 276
Household Plumbing 280
Plumbing Materials and Theory 281
Springs and Wells 283
Water Pumps 285
An Old-House Plumbing System 288
On-Site Sewage Disposal 290
Plumbing Problems 292
Plumbing and Structural Changes 303
Home Heating Systems 306
Hot-Air Systems 307
Steam-Heating Systems 308
Hot-Water Heating Systems 314
Alternative Heating Systems 319
Repairing and Restoring Chimneys 323
A Few Thoughts about Fireplaces 330
Afterword 332
Bibliography 334
Index 339
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