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Raph posted a discussion

Need front porch advise

I bought this 1939 post war bungalow that I'm currently remodeling. I need some ideas on what to do with this front porch. I need to dress up this aluminum roof above it somehow and I was thinking to replace the "iron" support columnist the right…See More
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May 21, 2016 from 9am to 5pm
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Ken klemmer replied to Karan Andrea's discussion Any Experience with Bathtub Refinishing?
"That's interesting how it's simply poured on and apparently self leveling. Will it cover another color adequately on vertical surfaces? Seem like it would be great for a sink or tub with no connections as the excess would simply run out…"
KenK replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"Cheers. Thanks for the tips on Abatron. As per the Bondo - I had my assistant (wife) mix in a greater % of the catalyst and work the two components vigorously. The funny thing is that when I got the near- hardening batch in my hand + worked my way…"
John Ochman replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"5 minute set up time, wow. There is no way you will get that from PC Woody or Abatron. The epoxy has about a 30 minute working time, but then stays tacky for a day or two, which makes sanding difficult. Both of these are a multi-day (week) process,…"
Sep 30
Ken Gasper replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"UPDATE: We discovered a 1900 newspaper clipping verifying the house was designed by Henry C Trost. Trost studied with Frankloyd Wright in Chicago. He was responsible for most of historic downtown El…"
Sep 29
KenK replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"Hi John, Cheers. I've used PC Woody and found it too peanut-butter like and slower to set. I would like to experiment with Abatron products somewhere in the near future too.  The Bondo, and it's wood filler equivalent were first…"
Sep 28
John Ochman replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"Bondo? Interesting. I'm getting a new roof done and seeing some gaps in the fascia boards, especially where they come together in corners. It looks like a perfect hiding place for birds, bees & bats, so I have some repairs to…"
Sep 28


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Need front porch advise

I bought this 1939 post war bungalow that I'm currently remodeling. I need some ideas on what to do with this front porch. I need to dress up this aluminum roof above it somehow and I was thinking to replace the "iron" support columnist the right with a nice decorative wood one. I was also thinking of adding some new decorative gutters running on the front of it to dress it up. I'll eventually tear off all the aluminum and build a pitched roof there, but I need something for the time being as…Continue

Started by Raph in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Saturday.

Any Experience with Bathtub Refinishing? 17 Replies

Now that I have my bathroom almost done, I finally cleaned up the used tub that I installed. It was a 50/50 chance that the surface would be useable as is, and once I got it clean, it is apparent that it really needs refinishing. I have a few calls in to places that do this work, but since I have no experience with it, I have no idea what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, or what other things might need to be considered. Anyone with experience here?

Started by Karan Andrea in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Ken klemmer on Friday.

Bondo Bird Repair 4 Replies

FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold.  So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue

Started by KenK in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KenK on Wednesday.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 101 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 Ken Gasper Sep 29.

1920's garage/apartment in South Texas - insulation advice needed! 1 Reply

I bought a house with a garage/apartment a year ago. I have since taken out all the drywall because many boards had cracked over the years.…Continue

Started by David in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 26.

Warped window parting strips 6 Replies

Some of the parting strips in my windows are warped and pulled out of their slots at the bottom. They look quite twisted, but now that the weather is dry, I have been able to hammer them back with a rubber hammer. Can I expect paint to hold them in place? I don't want to nail them. I did use a small right angle galvanized brace on one, but it doesn't look too nice. Continue

Tags: stsrips, parting, windows

Started by Denise M Costley in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Denise M Costley Sep 25.

Transom Hardware- can you date it???? 3 Replies

Please help date this hardware! It is the transom mechanism from our per-1900 Queen Anne.Thanks !!!!!! -SandyContinue

Tags: hardware, dating, Victorian, Transom

Started by Sandy in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sandy Sep 25.

Arts and Craft Tile Restoration Advice ? 5 Replies

I removed many layers of paint from the 3 decorative ceramic tiles on my fireplace. (Also removed the same from the original limestone arch on the front, but that's another project discussion). The tiles on the fireplace (and those on the hearth too) are dull and ashy looking. They look great when wet. I'm sure the gloss finish of the original glaze was damaged by paint and the products to remove it. I know there's nothing that can be done about the crazing which has occurred naturally but what…Continue

Tags: restoration, tile

Started by Emily Soens in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Emily Soens Sep 24.

Abandoned well or cistern in basement? 1 Reply

In the house I recently purchased, the basement has a pipe sticking up about 12 inches out of the floor. The pipe has another pipe inside of it that can be moved up and down. The inner pipe also has fittings on the top end. The house was built sometime in the 1920's. The pipe is directly below the kitchen but is also within 3 feet of the basement floor drain. The house has been connected to city water/sewer for more than 40 years, but the floor drain isn't connected to the sewer. The house is…Continue

Tags: cistern, well

Started by MJ Sosinski in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 24.

1780 House, attic floor mystery

I am pulling up the attic floor in my New England colonial. I find that there is a subfloor. Most of the flooring is random width 5/8ths pine 6-12" by 8' to 16'. Most is probably original, the saw cuts that are visible are vertical. The sub floor is 3/8ths oak, random width 6" - 24", and lengths to 16'. Is this construction ordinary in that time period? The only purpose I can see is to add a little strength to the pine. Legend is that the house had a fire, circa 1890. I did find some burn on…Continue

Started by Warrington Faust in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Sep 23.

Blog Posts

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. …


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 — 3 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…


Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 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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