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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"Where did you get the kit? "
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Mark W. Hoffa replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"Another option is to do the foam yourself. I ordered the kits online and it was easy to do. I opted to do the foam in my attic space myself as I needed to move floor boards and needed to do the work in sections. Also I had to make multiple passes to…"
8 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Tyler's discussion Front Door Repair - Veneer
"Tyler, I forgot to mention it will save you hours if you can take the door off and board it up for a few days using a difference entrance.  Lair"
9 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Richard Pryor's discussion what tool to use to cut underlayment?
"I use a multi-tool.  There are several on the market and they come in real handy.  I have seen them for several hundred dollars and some for 50 dollars.  I have both and don't see much difference in the way they work.  I do…"
9 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Tyler's discussion Front Door Repair - Veneer
"That is the exact door I had on a house years ago.  I mean exact!  Right down to the warp in the veneer.    I took a stiff putty knife and started tapping at the bottom of the crest.  The whole thing just popped off…"
9 hours ago
Bill Hendrickson replied to Tyler's discussion Front Door Repair - Veneer
"I would talk to a local antique furniture repair guy. There may be a trick to it, but for sure you have to get some adhesive behind the lifted parts and press it down. It may be as simple as injecting some two part glue and putting weight on it."
yesterday
Richard Pryor posted a discussion

what tool to use to cut underlayment?

So here's my problem:  I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in place...cat pee..don't ask...ughh).  Unfortunately, after the underlayment was put in, someone re-partitioned the space and also installed…See More
yesterday

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Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints? 23 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 1 hour ago.

Front Door Repair - Veneer 3 Replies

Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't want to replace it; As with most things, I'd rather repair it.I can't find a ton of info on the internet about this, I thought I'd see if anyone has experience with these sorts of repairs. Here is a sideways photo:…Continue

Tags: repair, character, door, front, vaneer

Started by Tyler in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter 9 hours ago.

what tool to use to cut underlayment? 1 Reply

So here's my problem:  I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in place...cat pee..don't ask...ughh).  Unfortunately, after the underlayment was put in, someone re-partitioned the space and also installed several built-in cabinets on top of the underlayment.  So in order to get he underlayment out, I either have to rip out several cabinets and walls, including studs, or I have to figure out how to cut the underlayment where it intersects each wall…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter 9 hours ago.

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 6 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Richard Pryor yesterday.

Paint problems over old plaster 7 Replies

Two years ago I repaired water damage to an original plaster ceiling and wall in the foyer of a 1913 Colonial Revival.  The water leak had been previously repaired and all areas were dry when I repaired and painted. The repairs included repainting the entire foyer and I used drywall joint compound to fill the holes and smooth the areas where paint peeled off. I used Zinsser Bullseye to cover the water damaged area and latex paint and primer for the top coat.  Almost immediately the paint began…Continue

Started by Mike Snodgrass in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Mike Snodgrass yesterday.

For Sale : Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house!

Amazing Victorian! Looking for a new owner to restore this gorgeous property to its original beauty. Beautiful cherry built-ins, Greek key inlaid parquet, several fireplaces, marble tile, leaded glass, unique wood trims.... just to name a few of the stunning features of this home. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Separate carriage house adds to the charm and usage of this property! Call for more information!  This one is just looking for a little love!!!  Lisa 508-733-6447Continue

Started by LisaP in Swaps and Sales yesterday.

Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K 24 Replies

Amazing Victorian! Looking for a new owner to restore this gorgeous property to its original beauty. Beautiful cherry built-ins, Greek key inlaid parquet, several fireplaces, marble tile, leaded glass, unique wood trims.... just to name a few of the stunning features of this home. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Separate carriage house adds to the charm and usage of this property! Call for more information!  This one is just looking for a little love!!!  Lisa 508-733-6447Located in…Continue

Started by LisaP in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by LisaP yesterday.

Please help identify age and style of NJ House 16 Replies

Glad to have found this forum.  First post.  Tax Records shows it was built in 1908, but home inspectors think it was build a lot earlier.   It is all masonary, both interior and exterior walls are over 1.5 foot thick.  Not sure of materials and finish. For exterior walls looks like stucco over stone..http://s1122.photobucket.com/user/abuldo/library/Our%20Old%20HouseContinue

Started by Ambrose Buldo in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt on Sunday.

Paint problems over old plaster

Two years ago I repaired water damage to an original plaster ceiling and wall in the foyer of a 1913 Colonial Revival.  The water leak had been previously repaired and all areas were dry when I repaired and painted. The repairs included repainting the entire foyer and I used drywall joint compound to fill the holes and smooth the areas where paint peeled off. I used Zinsser Bullseye to cover the water damaged area and latex paint and primer for the top coat.  Almost immediately the paint began…Continue

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

Paint problems over old plaster

Two years ago I repaired water damage to an original plaster ceiling and wall in the foyer of a 1913 Colonial Revival.  The water leak had been previously repaired and all areas were dry when I repaired and painted. The repairs included repainting the entire foyer and I used drywall joint compound to fill the holes and smooth the areas where paint peeled off. I used Zinsser Bullseye to cover the water damaged area and latex paint and primer for the top coat.  Almost immediately the paint began…Continue

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

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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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