According to the house plans, the upstairs in my house built in 1953 was never intended to be finished. It is attic-hot in the summer. This might have contributed to the peeling of the edges of the cork floor. The floor is solid cork (I have no idea how deep the cork is) with an overlay of a very thin layer that gives the appearance that the floor is pegged. The movers kicked off a piece of the top layer.Can I do anything with this floor? I know cork can be refinished sometimes, but this…Continue
Anyone every try the Baer Deckover product on concrete? Any thoughts or similar products that you have tried that worked for you? I am going to resurface the front concrete porch floor and this product looks good but I have seen +5 reviews as well as +1 reviews. Experiences? thoughts?Continue
I am a building consultant in New England, and have worked on a few late 1800's/early 1900's buildings and found a 2' by 2' square box (made with 2x8s or 2x10s) of sand in the attics. The attics are wood framed, and also had fire equipment like hose boxes and stand pipes in some attics. I've also seen it in Old church bell towers. Was the sand a fire measure? Has any one else seen these or know what they were for?Thanks!Continue
We have a design dilemma. We recently removed all the bushes/shrubbery from our front yard, and we are looking for two outdoor adornments, preferably in cast iron. The items need to be historically accurate, approx. between 1840's-1920's. (If they're created by a craftsman, we would consider replicas.) Since our home is symmetrical, we'd prefer to purchase two identical items, or two items that are mirror images; we plan to center them in the front yard, close to the house, below the sandstone…Continue
Hello, I am restoring the plaster in our 1906 Colonial Revival. The walls are easy enough. I’ve been using Plaster Magic to repair cracks and bounces. It’s working great. I’m going to skim coat after that. I’ve never done any plaster work, but I’ve practiced on plywood, and can now get a pretty smooth coat. My dilemma is regarding the plaster ceilings covered with drywall by the previous owner. I really want to remove the drywall and restore our plaster on the ceiling. I am an admitted…Continue
My 1924 craftsman cottage does not currently have gutters. When I moved in there were half round probably close to original gutters on the house. I'm trying to decide on putting them back up but gutters look a little odd just stuck on the end of the rafter tails. I don't really want to put up fascia board because I want to keep things looking authentic. Was it common to put gutters on the rafter tails? I need to get the water away from my foundation. Any thoughts?
I'm getting ready to have a new roof put on the old house and I plan to use CertainTeed asphalt shingles with open metal valleys in painted aluminum. I was advised to NOT use copper valleys/flashings because the acid rain in our area would just eat away at the metal and the valleys would fail before the shingles. In addition, I know you are not supposed to have copper valleys and aluminum gutters because the run-off from the copper would kill the gutters and I cannot afford to do everything…Continue
It looks like the roof on our 1890's Victorian is shot and we need to replace it this summer. It will be a complete tear off (2 existing layers of asphalt shingles). Although the existing 1" sheathing looks good with only small gaps between the boards, we will probably do new plywood over the entire roof anyway just to be sure the new shingles have a good hold on something. The roof is a 12/12 pitch with multiple valleys and ridges. I'd like to do something different than the standard…Continue
I will be posting on eBay over the next week the remainder of this collection which includes:1976-1982 Yearbooks51 out of 52 individual issues from 1983-198812 individual issues from 1991-925 of 6 individual issues from 19944 of 6 individual issues from 1995Issues from 1989-90 and 1993 have already sold.I have tried to offer discounts for bundled purchases. What does not sell will be offered again the next month or two. Feel free to ask any questions. Descriptions and pictures are in the…Continue
Started by Bill Strobach in Swaps and Sales Aug 15.
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. …Continue
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!