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Lair Tienter replied to Katie's discussion Stained crackle glazed tile
"I'm not sure but I think the peroxide you buy in the hair color dept of a drug store is 20%.  I don't have one here but I do remember something about 20% on the bottle. Lair"
10 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Katie's discussion Stained crackle glazed tile
"Hi, I found you can buy 12% peroxide on amazon. It would be diluted (with distilled water) to reach a 10% strength. I read the safety precautions for peroxide, it requires full skin, eye and lung protection. Do not spray it. Don't get on…"
10 hours ago
Catie replied to Katie's discussion Stained crackle glazed tile
"Casey, I am having the same problem in my 1932 Tudor, though I haven't tried anything other than wiping it with a Mr. Clean eraser. I have a dehumidifier running in there now to try to dry it out. Anyway, can you direct me on how you would use…"
11 hours ago
KenK replied to KenK's discussion Scaffolds, or pump jacks
"Hi Richard, Lair and Casey, Thank you for your advice. Much appreciated. I think the next phase is finding a local contractor who will erect and rent scaffolding.  And asking around for a reliable paint contractor.  Since, I do have some…"
14 hours ago
caseypratt replied to KenK's discussion Scaffolds, or pump jacks
"Pump jacks are great if you can have a second person on hand for pumping up and going back down. You can do it alone, but I never like working by myself at heights;having a second person gives two chances to be able to call for help if disaster…"
Lair Tienter replied to KenK's discussion Scaffolds, or pump jacks
"From personal experience I would forget the pump jacks.  They do work but are very dangerous if you have any dew or rain.  You slip and slide every way but where you want to.  The best system I have ever used was scaffolding that I…"
Chris replied to Chris's discussion Help dating timbers in old house.
"Thanks Sean - This is still all very new to us. We are getting a history, archeology and architecture crash course for sure - It's been fun exploring. I tend to agree with you regarding the 'x', but in reading some literature…"
Sean Maher replied to Chris's discussion Help dating timbers in old house.
"The beams certainly look to be first period.  The decorative "x" and little swoops, called lambs tongues, at the chamfer stops are probably the builders or families "signature".  You'd be more likely to find the…"


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Stained crackle glazed tile 12 Replies

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

Tags: tile, crackle

Started by Katie in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter 10 hours ago.

Scaffolds, or pump jacks 4 Replies

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

Started by KenK in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KenK 14 hours ago.

Help dating timbers in old house. 9 Replies

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

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

Accordion lath 1 Reply

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

Started by Mal & Greg in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sean Maher yesterday.

Finding original colors 4 Replies

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

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sean Maher yesterday.

How to tell difference in old brick 2 Replies

Hello.  My wife and I live in the house that she grew up in, it has been in here family since it was built in 1893.  We have been contemplating building on, but we want to ensure that it looked right and did not want to go with siding since the house is the old orange brick.  Recently a large house up town was destroyed in a fire and we were able to get the bricks for free.  They are the same brick as we have on our house.Here is the issue that we are having.  The house that was torn down had…Continue

Started by Kevin Fuerst in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter yesterday.

Beautiful unpainted wood trim has nails-ideas for covering them up? 4 Replies

I've been slowly sanding off the paint from some beautiful clear red fir trim around my windows, doors and baseboards (1910 craftsman). They look great except for where the finishing nails where hammered in.  The craftsman helpfully filled the nail holes with some sort of white putty so that the surface is smooth but each piece of trim has 4-6 white dots that don't take up even very dark stain.  Any ideas?  I was thinking of taking a piece of the trim to the paint store and have them match the…Continue

Started by Cale in Old House How-To. Last reply by Cale on Thursday.

GC/Owner. Can anyone identify this particular wallpaper pattern?? 9 Replies

 Hello everyone.  This is my very first post.  I was recently looking through the webpages of an architectural salvage store back east named The Demolition Depot.  I happened upon a page with room paneling & wainscoting salvaged from a townhouse in Connecticut.  But it wasn't the paneling which caught my eye but the wallpaper just above it.  I completely fell in love with this pattern.  I thought it may be a Bradbury pattern but it's not.  Then I contacted at least eight other manufacturers…Continue

Tags: Pattern, Wallpaper, Mystery

Started by Madeline Weaver in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt on Wednesday.

Historic Building Mortar Information 10 Replies

Hello everyone, We just wanted to put it out there to those who made be interested that we have a new video about traditional lime mortar on YouTube. The one that we just posted is about the damaging effects of caulk on lime mortar and can be found here: we have some older ones, one of which covers more of the…Continue

Tags: Masonry repair, Chimney repair, tuck pointing, Bucks County, mortar removal

Started by Rob Wozniak in Old House How-To. Last reply by caseypratt on Monday.

old plumbing fixtures 8 Replies

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

Started by lauri lombardi in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by lauri lombardi 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. …


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 — 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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