does anyone have experience with using old bathtub handles with modern valves? I have 3 American Standard cross handles, (hot, cold,and tub/shower diverter) with the tall escutcheons. I think they're from the 40s. The splines are different than what would fit on the modern valves. Are there such things as adapters? Could i have something machined? Could epoxy be used?Continue
https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11038573_702224609761_8711339418102816413_n.jpg?oh=0128ae51a9e3e6fa76d76409624ab724&oe=55CE1B69I've just bought a house built in 1941 and I don't know if this doorbell is original to the house. The house does have many original touches but somehow this…Continue
I have a nearly complete set of OHJ issues from mid 1993 through late 1999, as well as a few earlier issues, that I no longer use. With a few exceptions (see list below), the individual issues are in good condition with only minor "shelf wear". They've been stored on bookshelves in my smoke free home since I received them new as they were published and have been lightly used.Here's a list of the issues I have, noting missing or damaged issues:March '84 (vol XII no 2) (bent/creased)March '91…Continue
Started by S. B. Harris in Swaps and Sales on Thursday.
I have a 1927 Tudor Revival with a shower that has its original white crackle glazed ceramic tile. Some of the tiles and the matching built-in soap dish are stained gray/black. It appears as if mildew has penetrated the tile glazing. They look dirty, but the stains are within the tiles, not on the surface.I've tried to use oxi-clean paste, spray cleaner with bleach and scrubbing paste with bleach to remove the stains. It is difficult to "soak" the tiles because the stains are on vertical…Continue
I thought this was a nice article with some great pics in the gallery, especially those funky 60's kitchens and groovy 70's kitchens.http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/mint-condition-1940s-kitchen-a-true-labor-of-love-004639985.htmlContinue
Hello! I'm in the market right now for a bungalow in my area. While looking, I found one that has me a bit confused.This bungalow has a bay window on the side and no full front porch. My question is was the front porch removed some time ago, or does this look original? I just haven't seen any in my area with this type of architecture. It is listed as built in 1919.
I'm thinking about painting my old wood sided house. It needs a paint job and some minor structural work under overhangs, window frames etc. I've been using my Werner 28' fiberglass extension ladder for touch up - but it is anything but comfortable for long periods of time. So, I've been thinking: 1. Let contractors do the painting (they'll probably not want to get involved with minor carpentry)2. Buying myself either a scaffold, or pump jack system (24' +) - and doing the tasks myself in a…Continue
We have enjoyed learning about our old home, so much so that we created a site to capture our research. The reason I write is that it our C.1729 has a number of exposed re-used beams. Although this was commonplace, we may have reason to believe that the home started out as a single bay property. One of the reasons for this is that the house has a transverse summer beam on one side of the house and a longitudinal beam on the other. We would love to hear if there are any clues in the images that…Continue
Hi. I was wondering if it was worth the effort to de-nail and save some accordion lath I have? A friend of ours is doing work in an 1840 house and I've asked him to save anything old that is being removed. I've been getting a lot of stuff; some useful, some less so. In one load there was a wall segment with the old lath still in place. It's split and stretched, made from thin rough sawn board. (earlier than the even, mill produced victorian lath strips) I don't think I can call this 'riven'…Continue
I was wondering if any one knows of a way to determine the original colors of a house , i have heard stories where an old photos is used and they some how determine what colors it was based on the shades of sepia that appear in the photo, but im not sure if these claims are true . so has any one had any luck searching out the original colors of their house?Continue
Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint. Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …Continue
I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms. Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets. They even fit in the storm window bottoms. When I close a window, its tight!