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  •  Thanks for this diary, Dr Lori. (19+ / 0-)

    Being a fireplace builder for many years,  I would call what you have done something other than "restoring" a fireplace.  But you have done a nice job of making what you have there work for you.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:12:58 AM PDT

    •  Well, yeah. It's not exactly restoration. (14+ / 0-)

      On the other hand, you see an astonishing amount of surface bonding cement used in restored historic houses.  I'd even swear I've seen some in the open-to-the-public plantations on the James River in Virginia.

      It's striking that balance.  You restore to a certain period what you can when you can.  But pitted against that is modern utility and budget.  We restored the fireplace to as close to original condition (given a certain amount of ahistoric material) as we could given what we could afford to spend.  Using entirely historic materials would have rendered the fireplace impractical for the use we need it for.  For instance, historic bricks would never stand up to the weight of the wood stove.

      Sometimes original works best--lime mortar on the exterior is simply better than any other, more "modern" mortar.  Sometimes you have to finesse it.  It's all about balance.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:15:18 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you for this diary (8+ / 0-)

        It's fascinating!

        And so much fun to watch other people do work, than picture myself doing it...

        Really appreciate your stepping up and adding to the lore here, your insight and experience are phenomenal and much enjoyed, as you can see from the positive comments.

        Hope you post more of the story in the future - who knows, maybe you can end up with a book about plantation saving, and help pay for all that effort!
        John

        "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

        by CodeTalker on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:30:16 AM PDT

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