Old houses are charming, but owning one can be a labor of love. Expert carpenter and house "doctor" Christopher Evers equates old homes with ailing patients, describing how you can successfully "treat" your old house and make it good as new. With over 300 clear, line illustrations, Evers provides a practical guide to repairing, renovating, and preserving your old house--basement to attic--so you can enjoy it for years to come. Evers gives detailed instructions on the "anatomy" of old homes as well as how to fix a variety of problems, including:
• Repairing old plumbing fixtures
• Replacing shingles on the roof
• Straightening the house’s frame
• Rewiring old electrical systems
• Removing old wallpaper
• Protecting against termites and other harmful pests
• Adding insulation for better energy efficiency
• Fixing old eaves
• Reinstalling windows and doors
• And more!
A classic in old-home repair, The Old-House Doctor is an invaluable, and timeless, guide for keeping your old home in tip-top shape, while meeting your modern needs.
The author, a professional carpenter with more than 20 years' experience in "doctoring'' old houses, provides the layperson with a reliable guide to treating the ailing geriatric dwelling. Evers teaches the reader how to research the history of an old house through deeds, records, maps and genealogies, and the house's integral structure and on-site archeological remains. He prescribes remedies for crooked frames, wood damage caused by fungus and insects, and faulty walls, ceilings and floors. Chapters on plumbing, wiring, ventilation, energy conservation and decoration, as well as sources of old house materials and a comprehensive bibliography, are included. Evers's enthusiasm for his subject makes for reading that is as entertaining as it is enlightening. Lucid directions, ably complemented by Hason's black-and-white drawings, make this a valuable reference for the do-it-yourself carpenter. BOMC and QPB selections.