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Cate replied to Angela Larck's discussion Old pipe sticking down out of ceilings! What are they and how do I get rid of them?
"Yes, those are definitely gas pipes for lighting. They're quite useful to hang chandeliers and lights from. Just use a fixture with some depth or a nipple cover as shown in your picture. Be careful about cutting them. Electricians cut ours to…"
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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"OK, now I follow ya! I'm going to try and take a pic of my attic so you can see what I'm up against. Perhaps foam would be my best bet as well? "
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Bill Hendrickson replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"Before doing our attic, I watched a lot of house repair/renovation shows, and foaming was being done quite a bit. When we discussed insulating with our contractor, foam was the way to go. As Mark stated, it stops/ or does not induce condensation,…"
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Old pipe sticking down out of ceilings! What are they and how do I get rid of them? 5 Replies

I have short, little pipes sticking out of my living room and kitchen ceilings - both next to where ceiling fans have been previously installed. I'm getting ready to paint and replace the dated fans. My house was built in 1903. What are these pipes and how can I remove or hide them?Continue

Started by Angela Larck in Old House How-To. Last reply by Cate 4 hours ago.

Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints? 14 Replies

Demo work has finally begun! Any suggestions for insulation? I was thinking R-19 as I live in Pittsburgh PA and the winters can often be wet and brutal.…Continue

Started by Will H in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Will H 13 hours ago.

Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K

BUILDERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, LANDLORDS, INVESTORS, this one is for you!! Convert to condos/ use for rental property/ or run a business! Looking for cash offers. Property needs work, but can restored to the beauty it once was. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Carriage house has been rented out as a single apartment. Room to finish another floor. Property is being sold ' as-is". Not a short sale or foreclosure! Please submit all offers no later than noon on September 1, 2014. Don't miss…Continue

Started by LisaP in Old Houses: Pre-1900 19 hours ago.

Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale

Is this an appropriate forum to list a Victorian home for sale? Only 200K! 1890 build.  Continue

Started by LisaP in Old Houses: Pre-1900 19 hours ago.

How to roughly calculate renovation cost before buying an old school. 4 Replies

 My husband and I have unique personalities and we like for our home to reflect that. We recently saw this abandoned school and we thought it would make a wonderful home. Before we make an offer on the property, we would like to ballpark a VERY ROUGH estimate on total renovation costs. Since this isn't a house it's hard to gauge renovation estimates and we can't go view it like a normal home. Also since it's not a conventional home, we are assuming we will not be able to obtain a loan and will…Continue

Started by Amanda Coglietti in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Amanda Coglietti yesterday.

Finding Studs Behind Plaster 8 Replies

Hi all --I am trying to hang an extensive Elfa shelving unit on a plaster-on-wood-lath wall in my 1920's NYC apartment. The shelf brackets attach to vertical metal "standards" that tie back to the wall - 5 screws per vertical (c. 7' in height).After putting it all up once and having it pull twist-in anchors out of the wall under a half load, I am back to looking for the studs and I absolutely CANNOT find them. My stud finder (a Stanley) is totally stumped. I've tried tapping and don't hear any…Continue

Tags: Shelves, Hanging, Studs, Plaster

Started by Allen Pierce in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Michael Costello yesterday.

Sanding front porch floor 1 Reply

Need some advice on sanding my front porch floor. I was going to use a belt sander like we always do, but my husband suggests we rent an orbital floor sander as it would be quicker. Has anyone used a floor sander on their porch floor? It is currently painted and will be painted again with oil based primer and paint. Hoping to get a long lasting paint job, seems we repaint every five years or so.Thanks,LisaContinue

Started by psychochix in Old House How-To. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson yesterday.

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Sponsored by Vintage DoorsPresented by Vintage Doors and Old House Journal magazineAdding a screen & storm door to your home is the easiest way to enjoy each season of the year, while simultaneously adding curb appeal and value to your home! Homeowners, architects, and builders across the country rely on Vintage Doors to transform the façade of their home with a new door.  Learn how to order the perfect screen & storm door for your home with these easy tips from Vintage DoorsWhen: This…Continue

Started by Danielle Small in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Tuesday.

Any suppliers of standard window sash? 9 Replies

Once upon a time, not so long ago, you could buy double-hung window sash, in the standard sizes used since the 1860's, set up for sash cords and weights, for less money than having the old ones repaired.  Are there any such manufacturers still in business?  (Not wood replacement windows that you caulk into place.)Continue

Started by Ed Ferris in Old-House Products. Last reply by Ed Ferris on Monday.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 93 Replies

I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started by Chris DiMattei in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Chris DiMattei on Monday.

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Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

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. …

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Posted by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

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! 

Posted by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home

 

Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…

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Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Posted by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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