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Bill Hendrickson replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Replumbing a House
"For the deck, check out TWP Stain ( This is our second year of using it on our white oak deck. Easy to apply and looks great. But you will have to use it twice a year, spring and fall, once after winter is over and just before winter…"
9 hours ago
Bill Hendrickson replied to Eva Mahan's discussion Poured Cement Basement Ceilings
"Radiators can be sold if they are in working condition. Else, like ours where scrap and we replaced them with like age...luckily free from a local business that just upgraded their system."
9 hours ago
Bill Hendrickson replied to Diamond Dixon's discussion Oil to Gas Heat
"You may need the liner no matter what you do."
10 hours ago
Keith Flanagan replied to Keith Cornelius's discussion Floor joists sagging in historic home
"We have a steel buildings denver built in 80's and we are now facing problem with both roof and floor. Floors having tiles are making noise while walking, some tiles are broken also. We put metal beams for proper support to both roof and…"
11 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Diamond Dixon's discussion Oil to Gas Heat
"They should last for years and years.  There is no moving parts just the electrical switch that tells it to turn on.  I would think it would last as long as the furnace but I'm not in that business.  Ask the guy that gave you the…"
17 hours ago
Diamond Dixon replied to Diamond Dixon's discussion Oil to Gas Heat
"Thank you so much for your reply - No. 1 -  The gas gun cost would be about $3000.00 including all cost and #2  would cost approximately $10,000. plus the chimney liner that I would have to install.  The cost between #1 and #2 would…"
21 hours ago
Eva Mahan replied to Eva Mahan's discussion Poured Cement Basement Ceilings
"Casey, You're right...there's a massive, old coal-fired boiler, but it was converted to nat. gas years ago.   The coal room has the coal entrance bricked in now.  The boiler was made by Capitol Winchester and is large, with 3…"
22 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Replumbing a House
"Hi Amanda, Since we're are in essentially the same town, I'd be happy to recommend my plumbers. So I'm sending a PM. Pex may be a good alternative since it can sort of be fished up through walls unlike rigid copper. Casey"
23 hours ago


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Replumbing a House 19 Replies

      So next year’s “structural” project is to get the house replumbed as I have original galvanized black pipes in my 1909 house.  All the work will be done on the first floor and dug out crawl space underneath the house.  My question is what kind of pipe(s) should be used?  PVC, copper, PEX or a combination of both? I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and no have radiators or a boiler to deal with if that helps with the decision on what type of pipes to use.  Another question is…Continue

Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson 9 hours ago.

Poured Cement Basement Ceilings 4 Replies

We recently purchased a Revised Tudor home in Missouri built in 1924. When we went into the basement, we found that while the walls and foundation are stone, all the ceilings are cement and that it was obviously done in one pour. Electric boxes connected with conduit are embedded in the ceiling, along with 3/4" re-rod and 4" steel mesh. 1"x 2"s were placed on top of the wet cement to use as nailers for the hardwood floors on the first floor. The walls upstairs are plaster and lathe, of course,…Continue

Started by Eva Mahan in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson 9 hours ago.

Oil to Gas Heat 6 Replies

Hi this is my first post.  I have a two family house built in 1923.  I have oil steam heat using the cast iron radiators.  I am in process of changing my heating system from oil to gas; which I believe would be much cheaper.  I made several inquiries from contractors and have been given confusing information.  1.    You can use your 10 year boiler and convert to gas using a gas gun which would cost less than buying a new boiler.2.  Buy a new efficient gas boiler which would be better  in the…Continue

Started by Diamond Dixon in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson 10 hours ago.

Floor joists sagging in historic home 2 Replies

Our family recently moved into the John Garst farmhouse in Ashland County, Ohio.  This home was built in 1864 and is listed on the National Registry.  In assessing the structure, we have discovered that all of the floor joists were notched where they meet the center support beam and sill.  This means that over the last 150 years the floors have been supported by not much more than a 2x4, which explains why the floors are so bouncy!   Any thoughts on how to strengthen this?  Would it be…Continue

Started by Keith Cornelius in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Keith Flanagan 11 hours ago.

What style of house is this/ whats wrong here? 3 Replies


Started by Kim G in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter yesterday.

Looking for a chandelier 6 Replies

Hello. New to the forum. We just bought this house and are looking for a chandelier to keep continuity. I have attached a picture of what we are looking for. Any ideas? Thankschand.jpgContinue

Started by mike adelmann in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann yesterday.

Converting from electric baseboard heat back to radiators 1 Reply

So many of the houses for sale that we look at have baseboard heat.  I lived with this system for much of my life, and I will never, ever go back to it.  It was so drying, and aggravated my allergies to the point of being intolerable.  But the old radiators always give a home a very warm, comfortable feel.How would I go about switching over from baseboard to radiators?  Is this something that is typically done?  I know next to nothing (OK, fully nothing) about this, but I would like to - it…Continue

Started by Tiffaney Jewel in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson yesterday.

Finally living in our old house! 1 Reply

We are refinishing our painted hardwood floors to natural. Renovated the kitchen, getting ready to redo the bathroom. Pictures will be up shortly! Does anyone have any thoughts on insulating the attic? We are considering using the blown in insulation. Would it be advantageous in the winter as well as the summer? Thanks for any help!

Started by Margie Gnau in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil yesterday.

Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home 18 Replies

Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue

Started by Tempwave in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 yesterday.

"UL" Listed Question? Light/Electric Issues 2 Replies

Our complete rewire is coming along on our new 1903 home.  Some sconces that are hand-carved wood were removed from the walls by the electricians.  They are very unique and cool!  The electricians say they cannot go back up and none of the antique lighting I have purchased can either because none of it is "UL" listed.  The sconces I purchased from ebay were already rewired, but this doesn't seem to make a difference.  I understand the electricians are working for a company and they have to make…Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by I love old houses! yesterday.

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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. …


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…


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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