Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

October 20, 2010

It’s Almost November!

Filed under: Interior,Master Bath,Master Bedroom,Plumbing — Duane Diefenbach @ 8:57 pm

We have to go way back to late September to pick up where I left off. Our latest efforts have focused on the master bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom floor is installed so I could then install my 6′ claw foot tub. Because my arm was broken the Forstmeier’s came over to help move it into the house.

We then had the tub interior refinished with an epoxy/acrylic finish that made it look brand new and installed the mahogany rim.  My dad helped me install the fixtures but they leaked at the shutoff!  ;-( It’s been over a month and I haven’t had time to redo the seals and try out the tub!

My dad also helped with the installation of the flooring in the master bedroom. Even though my arm was out of the cast by this time my dad still had to do all the nailing. We used flooring that Lisa and I removed from the attic of the stone house. The flooring is tongue and groove white pine that ranged in width from 9″ to 16″. It was pretty dirty and black, but the hope was that when carefully sanded it would have a great patina to it that you can’t get with new wood.

My mom mentioned that it looked like we were building a shed (thanks Mom!). But I think it turned out ok. Here’s a photo after sanding, a coat of shellac, and 1 coat of polyurethane. Still 2 more coats of polyurethane to go.

The reason there has been so little progress (and news) is that in October I had a meeting in Utah and then I was in Minnesota at another meeting (and grouse and woodcock hunting with Windsor). We had great hunts with the best day having 17 grouse flushes and 15 woodcock flushes. Windsor pointed 12 of the woodcock we flushed.  I would have bagged more grouse but my shooting was not on par with Windsor’s pointing. I think every day I did get my limit of woodcock, however. You can’t see the birds in the photos below where Windsor is pointing – but I wish I had the camera out a couple of times when she was pointing right next to the woodcock!

Windsor was pretty tired (as was I) when on Wednesday I walked about 5-6 miles and she must have run about 25-30 miles. She ate dinner and didn’t wake for hours.

Thanks to David Andersen (and his Drahthaar’s, Warf and Tuvak) for hosting and guiding us!


  1. Hi Duane – I guess I’ll have to take the blame on the plumbing job the way it’s worded. The floor really came out great!

    Comment by Dad — October 23, 2010 @ 11:00 am

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