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Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Green tinged siding
"Whoops I meant everyone :(  "
1 hour ago
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Green tinged siding
"     Am glad to hear everything, plus me, thinks it's from the original color of the house.  Especially since I'm painting it a robin's egg blue.   Thanks everyone, Amanda(WV)"
1 hour ago
Lair Tienter replied to Gretchen Guard's discussion Do I need to add soundproofing layer under new hardwood flooring?
"I agree, sound insulation is very important when living above or below anyone. "
2 hours ago
Gretchen Guard replied to Gretchen Guard's discussion Do I need to add soundproofing layer under new hardwood flooring?
"Thank you for your reply, Lair. I don't want them to use sawdust, just an equivalent insulator. They are insisting on keeping it unfilled which, in my opinion, would create reverb when walking and drive our neighbors below us crazy."
4 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Lisa sheedy's discussion Need a Good IPAD AP to manage our House Restoration Project
"Wow! what a great house.  Looks like it is in wonderful shape.  Don't know what ap's are out there but I'm sure they have one.  Lair"
12 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Gretchen Guard's discussion Do I need to add soundproofing layer under new hardwood flooring?
"I have never heard of using saw dust this way.  I would think there would be something you could use that wouldn't be a fire risk.  That saw dust would burn for days. Maybe that spray foam would keep the breeze out and the sound…"
12 hours ago
Lisa sheedy posted a discussion

Need a Good IPAD AP to manage our House Restoration Project

We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any…See More
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Green tinged siding 4 Replies

   After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them.  Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber?  The house was built in 1909.  Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue

Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Amanda Stroud 1 hour ago.

Do I need to add soundproofing layer under new hardwood flooring? 3 Replies

Hello everyone:We had major water damage and are working with our insurance company to replace the original hardwood flooring. I am insisting that they place a layer of soundproofing insulation where the sawdust once laid under the original floors. There are two reasons: 1) to prevent sound reverb from floating up from the neighbors below us (this is a third floor condo); and 2) to prevent drafts from our North-facing French Doors during cold Indiana Winters.The insurance company, however, does…Continue

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Started by Gretchen Guard in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter 2 hours ago.

Need a Good IPAD AP to manage our House Restoration Project 1 Reply

We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any suggestions......

Started by Lisa sheedy in Old-House Products. Last reply by Lair Tienter 12 hours ago.

Heavy Weathering Repair--Any Suggestions?

I'm currently repainting my house. The west side gable rakes (I think that's what you would call them) are very heavily weathered. At first, I thought perhaps it was my overdue painting that caused the damage, but the cracks were full of old paint so they've been this way for many decades. Now that the boards are essentially free of paint, what is the best method, product for repair? Would it be some epoxy product, etc? When would you use this method, before or after priming? Thoughts?…Continue

Tags: repair, wood, weathering

Started by BenningtonColonial in Old Houses: Pre-1900 21 hours ago.

Ceramic tile silo

I'm looking into buying an old farm which has many dilapidated buildings on it. By the barn is a ceramic tile silo which every tile seems to be in pristine condition. I don't have any pix of it but will get some next time I'm there. Does anyone know if there is any interest in these things? I have searched high and low and barely find any clues; only pictures in photo sharing sites. This looks like a magnificent piece of history art that I would love to preserve. Not sure if I would keep in on…Continue

Tags: grain, storage, house, ceramic, reclaim

Started by Jerry F in Swaps and Sales yesterday.

need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension 6 Replies

I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards. Well, some are cracked as one might…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder yesterday.

house wrap installation question- existing window casings 1 Reply

Hi. I can't find any information on this on the web. Everything on tyvek etc is for new construction. I already know how to install it and wrap it into rough openings etc. My question is- what is the proper way to install house wrap on an old house where I'm not removing any of the corner boards or window casings? or windows for that matter. All of that sort of perimeter trim is in pretty good shape so I want to leave it. It's just the siding on two sides of the house that needs to be replaced.…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder yesterday.

Firm doing Plaster repair sought 2 Replies

   We had occasion to visit the "Robert Frost State historic site', in Derry , NH. The farm is 1839? and it needs a pro at horse hair plaster repair.  Does any one out there know of such a firm/person for such a job?  Peg an email to me and I'll pass it along to the right folks at the Frost House.THANKSKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old-House Products. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY on Thursday.

"I" House Stairs? More Photos 1 Reply

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Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann on Wednesday.

How do you fund restoration? 4 Replies

I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan programs in our region for home projects--just commercial restorations. Any ideas? Would most appreciate! brickerfarm.comContinue

Started by Susan Bonser in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann on Wednesday.

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. …

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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 — 2 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 — 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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