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Real Estate in South Africa: Made Easier Online

All of us have dreamed of that “perfect home of my dreams”, “a little personal paradise amidst the blare and dust”, “an oasis of snuggling comfort” etc. in our life. But few can accumulate enough savings to purchase the real estate of their…See More
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John K. replied to John K.'s discussion Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons
"Some day I may find some and then I'll replace the ones in the worst condition. Meanwhile, I am still using my broken ones on the most inconspicuous floor locations.  I am only missing a few outright, and again, will rearrange them so the…"
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I love old houses! replied to John K.'s discussion Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons
"During this restoration, I seem to find things after the fact.  I searched for a small 4.5 ft. clawfoot tub.  I found one that needed work, but the size was right, so I bought it.  Now I see 4.5 clawfoot tubs in much better shape and…"
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John K. replied to John K.'s discussion Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons
"Yesterday, I emailed another dozen antique hardware and vintage plumbing suppliers with no luck.  Right now, it seems impossible."
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Julia Steed Mawson replied to Julia Steed Mawson's discussion injection foam insulation in NH
"Thank you Robby.  No your comment was not too late.  I have not done anything re the wall insulation - and for just the reason that you mentioned.  Actually, I had not seen that article, but I had seen an old house in Lee, NH that i…"
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Mike Clark replied to John K.'s discussion Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons
"I guess that with this not exactly a hot item in the modern market place having it available at all is a victory. But.....if you need 18 of them....ouch! May get a couple to check them out before running off the cliff. Still like to find originals…"
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Mark W posted a discussion

Refinishing floors going wrong?

HiI am having my 1903 floors refinished (they are pine or fir, not sure), and they have put down 2 or 3 coats of stain so far. My father in law noticed tonight that there are slightly wet spots, that have small beads of wet stain/oil on them. Is…See More
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John K. replied to John K.'s discussion Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons
"Here we go...  This one is "new", but the style & size seems to match the original! http://www.vandykes.com/product.aspx?p=203461"
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Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons 23 Replies

I'm looking for split-style ceiling & floor flanges for 3/4" pipe feeding my American Standard hot water radiators.1.   Solid cast iron2.   Split & hinged with a loop & tab at the mating end.3.   10-24 set screw for fixed position on pipe.4.   Smooth with a slight flare upward towards the pipe5.   Originally nickel plated but I'm going to clean & paint if in rough condition.6.   3" diameter overall.See photo for exact match.…Continue

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Started by John K. in Old-House Products. Last reply by John K. yesterday.

injection foam insulation in NH 3 Replies

Does anyone have any thoughts, advice concerning injection foam insulation? My 1940's era rental house needs to have two exterior walls insulated. A contract or friend had shown me an advertisement for Bay State Injection Foam. He had never worked with the company, but knew that I was trying to begin to tackle this problem.Is injection foam a viable method for an old house? Safe?Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.JuliaContinue

Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Julia Steed Mawson yesterday.

Refinishing floors going wrong?

HiI am having my 1903 floors refinished (they are pine or fir, not sure), and they have put down 2 or 3 coats of stain so far. My father in law noticed tonight that there are slightly wet spots, that have small beads of wet stain/oil on them. Is this normal? Or should I be concerned? We are having trouble with the quality of the work our contractor is doing, so I am nervous about this now!Thanks,MarkContinue

Started by Mark W in Old Houses: 1900-1945 yesterday.

Recommendation for wood kitchen counter 5 Replies

We're restoring a built in cabinet in our 1892 shingle style Victorian and are trying to determine the most durable finish we can use on the counter.  Choices are spar varnish/Helmsman, floor poly, or a product we saw in HD this morning that's an epoxy bar top finish.  Any suggestions?  ThanksContinue

Started by Daria Kachmar in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder on Tuesday.

Parging

Can anyone offer advice on parging?  Our basement stone walls are crumbling in spots and when you apply pressure, it is like sand dropping out of the wall with bits of stone.  There is a very slight amount of moisture that is detected occasionally.  I am doing searches to learn about this process but of late, I let you people offer the good advice.  Thank you.Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Monday.

Need some paint advice 2 Replies

We have enjoyed our old hose for over 20 years. It's preservation has has been a labor of love. When we first purchased it, the exterior was covered in asbestos hard shingles which we removed to expose the original wood siding which was in excellent shape. We hired a painter to strip and paint the house in the Victorian colors we wanted. The body being Merlot (burgundy) with green trim, rose and blue accents. The house has always drawn favorable attention with on passing couple telling us that…Continue

Started by Kory Krofft in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Monday.

1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for kitchen chairs 2 Replies

Looking for 1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for replacing on kitchen chairs that are cracking from age. Set includes matching red formica table with chrome legsContinue

Started by Robert Hinkel in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Robert Hinkel on Monday.

Warming up to the Cover 3 Replies

When we first moved into the house, we discovered a pair or radiator covers in the basement.  They were getting rusty due to some moisture problems down there, that have since been corrected.  They were both hauled out of the exile in the basement.  Amy had refinished the dining room cover a couple of years ago.  While #2 took up residence on the porch for a couple of seasons.  Or at least until I could get around to refinishing it.  This weekend, we had a neighbor help carry it to the…Continue

Started by TriDog in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt on Monday.

Basement window storms/screens 2 Replies

Looking for advice on adding storm/screens to my basement windows. Currently the windows have plexiglass screwed over them and they are caulked shut. I want to them to function so I can get some fresh air into my basement. The windows are above grade, no window wells or such. I don't want to use aluminium or vinyl storm/screens, I'd like to make some wooden ones. My question is how to secure them to the window frames. Do you use hangers just like the main house windows? I don't want to use turn…Continue

Started by psychochix in Old House How-To. Last reply by Repairman Jack on Monday.

Help identifying style of 1925 house 1 Reply

My wife & I recently purchased our 1925 home and undergone a fairly extensive rennovation of the entire house (except the kitchen which we'll do later). As you can see from the photos, it mostly appears to be a bungalow but they eyebrow roof is unique. A quick check with the City revealed they didn't have the original blueprints unfortunately but I remain optimistic I'll be able to learn more about it.It was virtually 100% original when we bought it and we've tried to keep all it's original…Continue

Started by Scott Allen in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Repairman Jack 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. …

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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 — 4 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 — 7 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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