We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tales of woe here! (Bonus: If we pick your story for the magazine, we'll tell you how to fix it, too.)Continue
Hi Everyone,New to this website but not new to redoing or repairing old house, old car, furniture, etc., My wife and I recently purchased an old entry door at an Antique show. It will eventually be a usable and very nice piece, now the "However" part. The door handle is curved with a thumb tab to open the door with a beautiful backing plate. The Mortise Lock inside is the dilemma and a new area for me. After removing the lock I found that the lock case is in five pieces. I've heard somewhere…Continue
Ok Guys and gals - Are any of my old friends still posting here? Started on this site in 2008 when we bought our 1st Queen Anne in Oswego, NY. Year and years of restorations and we are at Year 6! Last year I posted our dining room update! Long story short this dining room is based on partial extrapolation form millwork shadows and a lot of interpolation between the lines. My post last year outlined the latest update!…Continue
Readers; AFTER I wrote the 1st email, it occurred to this addle-pate that there are versions of the I house by regions. My 1860 I House is here in New England, Maine to be exact. Thus the kind responses to the question should be of the New England 'I" Houses, except were the answers may be universal to the house form.ThanksKilted TailorContinue
Started by Mr. Charles ANTHOY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 2 hours ago.
Readers; First a SHORT introduction, this writer is a retired NELMA Inspector, & a DIY o f recent moment, I have bought an 1860 'I' house, plain and simple. It has been remuddled to the extent it could win a prize for worst effort- they even sawed thru a support timber to put in a cellar staircase. My Question and Problem, Is what SHOULD this house look like in 1860? I, in fine, need to learn everything from scratch on the ' I " House, books, on line, PHOTOS of restoration work and all…Continue
Started by Mr. Charles ANTHOY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 3 hours ago.
We have a crack in one of our bedroom doors. It looks like someone tried to repair it before with a metal plate. We will be pulling off the trim and squaring up the door frame. Do we need to startlooking for a replacement door or has anyone had any luck repairing cracked doors?Continue
I inherited a pair of antique piano windows with art glass I've never seen before and cannot find any information about. The glass appears to be cased - red on clear - with the red being cut and the clear being frosted. The raised motif is fern fronds and some small (aquatic?) plants. Does any one know any old glass experts who could help me figure out where this glass might have come from?Continue
Can you answer a question about an old home? If not could you recommend someone who can help? This is a house that was built in 1935. It has the stone foundation. What is the cement between the floor joists up against the rim joist for? Is it okay to remove this in order to get a better seal when adding spray foam to the rim joist? Does this cement hold the building in place? I had an energy audit and was told I need to have the rim joist sealed but that it will not seal well with this…Continue
I should have also wrote that there is a rim joist behind the rubble. There are some sections that are not filled in. Also in this area, northern USA (Minneapolis Minnesota) it is common to see this in the old homes with stone foundations. Thanks,KarlContinue
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!