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caseypratt replied to Martin's discussion Exterior Storm Window Options
"I have very conventional triple-track storms on my old house. They are anywhere from 30-45 years old I imagine. The two big ones are 104" in height. It's some large panes, but they work if you ignore the fact that they can flex in and…"
3 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Making Interior Plaster/Help Asked
"Incidentally, this is the mud pan I had in mind: Or a full-on wheelbarrow, which is about 4x the capacity. You cannot work by scooping mud out of a drywall mud tray with a plastering trowel.  A…"
3 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Making Interior Plaster/Help Asked
"Thank You- such a term for a simple 'mud tray' CAnthony"
4 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Making Interior Plaster/Help Asked
"Hawk: magnesium for light weight, and a circular cushiony pad so you don't get a blister on your thumb knuckle. Casey"
11 hours ago
Phil replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"My eyes tricked me."
22 hours ago
Scott Cunningham replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"Lair, cant find any evidence of a window having a function like that. Here is one concept I considered at one point to get a 2nd floor balcony/porch.. Just extend the roof out a bit. "
Scott Cunningham replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"Phil, the house is brick walls all the way up to the roof. The balconies never were at the 3rd floor (attic) level."
Martin replied to Martin's discussion Exterior Storm Window Options
"I'll have to look into that. I worked with a local craftsmen for a bit restoring old house Windows. I would like to use the top sash for many a reason. But time will tell. Hope to get working on the Windows this spring."


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Exterior Storm Window Options 30 Replies

Hey everyone! I need some exterior storm window options. Right now, I have some older triple track aluminum storm windows from the 1960s. They are not the greatest, many of the sashes were missing when I bought the house, there is no "center bar", and they are just the pitted mill finish. I got a quote on some new triple tracks from the guy who put in our new huge storm doors. Most of our windows on the front of the house are about 80 inches high and 34 inches wide. Needless to say, the quote…Continue

Started by Martin in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt 3 hours ago.

Making Interior Plaster/Help Asked 5 Replies

Readers;   I am searching about for Interior plastering information. 1st how do you make the plaster, from scratch?  I know you cannot use Plaster of Paris, it sets up far too fast.  I do not think Joint Compound would work on lath, or yes, who KNOWS.  I also noted, on some sites, that you use a 'bonding agent'(how vague is that!) on the first coat of lath and plaster.  What is a bonding agent in circa 2015?  And the flip side, what is a bonding agent in 1815?  I have the theoretical skill to…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt 3 hours ago.

Porch project... Need some estimates 14 Replies

Would like to get some input from the group on how much to budget for a porch rebuild. My Kansas home was originally built with a porch, but it was lost in a 1920’s remodel. The porch foundation still exists, and one side is present (as a glassed in 3-season sun porch), but the main porch on the front of the house is gone. I would like to restore the porch, retain (with upgrades) the existing sun porch, and incorporate a porte-cochere over the driveway. The Wilderstein house in NY serves as the…Continue

Started by Scott Cunningham in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil 22 hours ago.

Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...? 17 Replies

All -    Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions.   Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue

Started by PStewart in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY yesterday.

wood epoxy 8 Replies

I am looking for recommendations for wood epoxy. I have windowsills that are deteriorating from sun with grooves. they are not rotten. I want to fill in the grooves and smooth the surface. Any recommendations?Thanks JeffContinue

Started by Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith in Old-House Products. Last reply by Deb Beatty Mel on Tuesday.

Very Damp Stone House 2 Replies

Hi everyone.  This question is for the experts in old stone houses and masonry.  My son is considering buying a stone house that is currently vinyl sided over possible portland mortar over early 1800's limestone.  Here's my concern;  the house is covered throughout the interior in hard board or masonite type wall board, (some like paneling,  some like fake brick)  We don't know how it is framed. All of this is bowed with moisture,  and moldy. There is even a hard reddish ball of fungus at the…Continue

Started by Mal & Greg in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Scott Cunningham on Tuesday.

For Sale : Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house! 2 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 508-733-6447Continue

Started by LisaP in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by LisaP on Monday.

Interior Door Oiling 11 Replies

I have some excellent interior doors in the 1856 home I just bought out of foreclosure. No paint on them at all. The wood is dry as a bone. I am torn on what to do. Just oil them, or oil and poly? If just oil, what type? Tung? hemp? lemon?Also need to treat my gorgeous, original walnut bannister and kneul post.Any advice appreciated.Continue

Started by James Hartman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Al Fortunato Furnituremaker on Sunday.

Replacing a 1909 front walk 4 Replies

HI all,its been 6 years since I posted here and now I am looking to replace our 1909 front walk.  I have been babying it for several years because I don't want a new looking concrete walkway. Does anyone have suggestions on how to recreate that heavy aggregate aged look without using dyes or stains?  I love the look of our walkway but its just falling apart now and I have to do something for safety's sake.  Photos of the entire walk and a close up of the texture that I really love and want to…Continue

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randy Klepinger on Saturday.

best metal to enclose my roof line 1 Reply

I am enclosing my roof line. What metal do you think I should use?

Started by Randall Coleman in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randy Klepinger on Saturday.

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 — 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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