Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ms Tooley's Kitchen......

Well I will start off with, a quest for a refrigerator and what it brought me....

 

So I was on the quest for a lawn mower originally and I was talking with a councilman who said he had one and would bring it by. When he brought it by, I told him that I am looking for a refrigerator and he said I have one if you don't mind third hand. I went with him, over to his house and he showed it to me. I was expecting some avocado green number or modern equivalent but what he showed me was a Philco! He inherited the home from Ms Virlea Tooley Hayes.


Here is the Notation, from when she joined the church, it appears these ledgers may come in handy! Sadly she passed this fall. But her kitchen appliances will live on! 

 

Here I am shoeing the refrigerator and washing machine, back in service! I ended up getting all 1950's Philco Refrigerator, Maytag Wringer Washer, RCA Whirlpool Freezer 11, a enamel "cracked ice" kitchen table and one small metal cabinet. The rest of the cabinets, that matched the small one, a cabinet and the 50's step stool was also there but sadly after sitting for so many years on concrete the bottoms were long ago rusted away.

Unfortunately, the appliances, also have some serious rust but that doesn't keep me from using them! I would love to restore them and put in my kitchen but I haven't yet decided if they are feasible or able to. The refrigerator needs shelves, inner door inner, seal, bottom metal and I have no idea if I could even find replacements. The washer does appear to be complete and solid enough for a restore...That is just a really greasy mess but all the seals are still being sold today. I even have the small apartment size stove on order!

While retrieving the freezer, I seen more vintage stuff that peaked my interests and this chair! He said he hauled away 42 tons of stuff, from the garage but opted to keep the chair....oh I wish I was here for that!...I told him, keep me in mind before he tosses anything else out that is vintage or old...because I love vintage! I used Howard's Feed n Wax with steel wool, to bring a shine back to it. I think its from the early part of 20th century...I am sitting in it now...


Also this week, I discover my third snake! This one I surprised, as much as he did me but I just hung up some clothes and had the vintage bamboo laundry basket in my hands....I scoped him in, and took him down to the creek....

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

There goes another.....



Well I have a ton of stuff I need to post, but now we are see good weather and I will probably disappear till the next storm :p We are getting internet, and that is another story...But today I post, because the town is losing another older home. I am told this one is gothic revival, well what is left of it, and it is the cutest little two story house. Of course it has all the issues, inherited with the property I bought but I won't be able to save this one.......

Today I was informed, that it has been sold for the sure intent of demolishing it and "trying" to sell the lot. We'll good luck on that! we have a ton of "lots" forsale in town and I just meet a person with one. He was asking us, if we were interested in the lot as he was sick of mowing it and he too demo'd a house that sat on it. 

It really is sad! I was trying to preach to him, that if people we're aware that homes could be bought here for 4k, that people would buy and that the only reason they don't know about them; is that they aren't advertised. The issues are that these homes are worth so little, that there is never an MLS Listing nor is there ads placed on craigslist or ebay. They are simply demolished and lost. 

I was stating that if people were aware that homes can be bought in small town america for so little and a person doesn't have to give up safety, the internet nor -30 inn the winter...They would move here, but no one is aware and thus no one moves out here. They all hear about 1$ homes in Detroit and they becomes the next big boom. The same thing happened to me, I never knew that real estate was so cheap out here, I had no idea a habitable home can be bought for 8k and rent is around 400$ a house. I mean shesh...Why does one need to make 30$ an hour when rent and real estate is so low....Working at the local gas n go, would bring in enough to buy food with...

He then went on to attack the parsonage again and the church. Telling me that the whole parsonage needs to be lifted, a new foundation poured and that it isn't feasible. Yeah to you it isn't, to me it is and sorry mate but there are others that feel the same. Just because your view is one, doesn't mean its the view of all and there are folks restoring worse.

He was talking about, how these vacant/abandon homes are blight in this part of town and it is keeping people from moving over here. Well you need to get use to the facts, we are on the "other side of the tracks" here and this was one of two known African American subdivision and sadly there are only 25 left but the old timers have left the impression that this is the "Ghetto" and that will stick. 

One neighbor asked him, what is he going to do with the property and he stated that he will mow it. Ha that is great, bulldoze a house that could still be restored, sold, rented or lived in....To hope the lot will sell and someone will build a home there. Well I think that is the dream of every other "lot" owner or folks who demo'd a house too...

I then told him, we would love to scavenge the home and would love to take the windows/trim. He was just bragging about how he will be taking it down, bring in a dumpster, starting on the siding, the roof, and then inside...Tossing it all in the dumpster...So I naturally asked if I could save what I could to reuse here...

Well....

He tells the neighbor, I know of someone who I can sell all the lumber too...HUH?? You just stated you were tossing it all in the dumpster. Well I hate to not be able to save what I can, but I am not paying for rotted wood...Just because I want to save, and hope I can reuse the stuff. It is things that I don't need and I can't resale.....Just wanting to save it from the landfill....

Well I imagine shortly, I will be watching a home, being hauled away...via the dumpster...I will post more photos of course....

Friday, April 15, 2016

Restoration Pioneers!!


Well I am being called a Hustler and a Pioneer....I will call them good things! When we moved in, we found out, that down the street was a city councilman, him and the women who he was living with both attended this church. She Ms Virlea Tooley Hayes was the last Church secretary per say, and had a great love of this church. Yesterday he stopped by, I told him I need a Lawn Mower and today he delivered a lawn mower. He then started to tell me, about yesterday being his last day at City Hall and how we were the talk of that night....Oh that is never good! but he says it was all good things and he was telling them all the plans I have for the future of the property. Well isn't that awesome! Now I just need others to move on down here, the sadly tore down another 1800's era home! I was sadden! I was just saying that I really wish I had the windows! 


Let's talk Bathrooms, as this is really what I did last and I wasn't planning on gutting the whole bathroom butttt....things change....

 

I found out, that we have "Pitch Pipe" or "Orangeburg" as our sewer line out to the street on the house which is HORRIBLE! After checking with the city, I found out the line is buried between 8-15ft under the ground but only 2ft behind the house. So my band aid fix will be to dig back to a un ovaled joint and patch in PVC. I found out this was also the huge pipe, under the house running to the sink, that I thought was lead....I also found out, that the cast iron for the water pipes is all but rusted out and this means we need to trench from the back of the church to the house and lay down a new one inch PEX line...OH FUN!! 


Demo'ing out the bathroom, as there was now no point in keeping it together as all the plumbing now has to be redone, revealed the past and more Congnlium! This time, it unveiled something call "congowall" I have never seen this before! Also we have a nifty mid century congnlium rug...Sadly neither was worth saving, but I am thinking of now tiling the bathroom with the red color ties faked in the Congowall! I like the bright red!


First thing, I hit, as soon as the shovel went into the ground was this! And I like it! It is a clue now, as to what type of Stove's the home/parsonage once had. Now to figure out what model "Cole's" stove this came from??


Another fin find of the week, I had a lady on facebook send me a message and told me she has something to tell me about my home. I was really interested! Afterwards, she sent me this neat bit of information and it turns out...it makes sense! It turns out the home/parsonage was painted "Haint Blue" Which was a color brought over with slaves way back when and it was a tradition in Africa to ward off evil spirits! The specific color of the home is called Haint Blue La Maison Dark.


This makes sense, if when the parsonage was built in 1890, they knew there was grave yard under it and this would explain why the whole house is painted this color. They didn't want the bad juju or spirits to float up from the ground into the home. A visit the the historical society in town, lead to the conclusion the "Black" area of the city cemetery doesn't date back far enough to the church and so it is still a possibility there are graves on the property....


And I leave you with more, vintage Wallpaper prints from the kitchen....There is also a good sample of the amount of paper, I am dealing with on the walls and as I said on facebook. I apologize to the citizens of Salisbury for littering the town with Vintage Wallpaper scraps :p

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Money Pit....

Well I guess I am suffering the curse of buying a hundred plus year old home, that so many others have before me and well.....You know the rest....


We'll get back into the money pit in a moment, but first I hung the sign back on the church! I wanted to get the name back out there, so people would know what this odd building is and I also hung up a display case so I can add tidbits of information. I wanted to remove the siding down to the ground but there was another HUGE squirrel hole in the siding, here is one from the side of the church..


So I say money pit! As I always find another problem on everything I remove reveals another issues and this time it is in the kitchen of the Parsonage I was hoping to bad aid up the water and sewer lines to help get utilities in the home and after we moved the kitchen sink and cabinet...I found more floor rot, which I already new about but then I was able to get a look at the huge lead pipe on the right this photo...


Does go to the kitchen sink, and it appears that at one time someone just stuffed the kitchen drain into this pipe, and never supported it...Well the cast iron is all rusted away, pipe fell and now I wonder if this big pipe is tied into the cast iron on the left? So it looks like "minimum" I need to replace all the cast iron disconnected and hanging off the large pipe and replace with ABS. The question is, though...What condition is the sewer line I can't see in? Where does that large lead pipe on the right connect too? And what about the water lines? Is the cast iron rusted away in those too? 

I knew I would need to work on all this, as this is a 100+ year old property and all this would naturally need attention. I just had no idea that I would need to replace, sewer, water, electric, gas service and structure all in one blow!

As a side note, we opted to check out the historical society museum here in town, in hopes of history on the property and and ever so nice photograph! Well I found out, they have NOTHING on the property, no photos, history, bibles....NOTHING!...I was like how is that possible? Its the oldest church in town? The only African American Church and 140 years should have something but nope...not a thing! Its so sad! They instructed me to attempt to place a article in the paper ask for any history and that would be my only hope. I also asked about where African Americans were buried? she said there is a part of the city cemetery but the grades didn't date back far enough and they had no way to tell the ethnicity of who died and she said there is still a slim chance there is a cemetery on the property...

Our next trip, took us to the bank and we are attempting a mortgage! I have no idea if this will work and we are told it may take 4-6 weeks! She said if the property is valued at 16k we could get a 15k mortgage and man the things we could do with that! Though I am in fear that the property isn't worth that kind of money but you never know! I would just be happy with enough to cover the roof on the church.


Back here, it was too windy to work outside and so I moved into the parsonage. I figured out a way to look in the attic with out a ladder, I was able to place a chair on the counter in the kitchen and get up just high enough to pier into the attic. It appears the roof was done nicer then I thought and it looks like everything is very sturdy....plus I now know that the knob and tube wiring is completely disconnected from the 70's romex wiring. Though now I ask myself WHYYY...Why does the church have good sills but a bad roof and why does the parsonage have a good roof but bad everything else! It is upsetting, specially when I finding myself very attracted to the house...


Under the layer of paneling of the kitchen, lay the last wallpaper and it pretty good shape but sadly all the old layers of older wallpaper under this one...has caused this one to peel away in places...We also removed the drop ceiling and will be moving the good parts to the bathroom and living room...So encase we are able to move in there...we can have a few normal looking rooms..

So now we are expecting rain for two days and a night with temps in the twenties! One day it will be warm and sunny for a few days again...