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Jonna Connelly replied to lauri lombardi's discussion old plumbing fixtures
"Just chiming in late to say well done! And thanks for an interesting an informative thread. I'm glad I sat on my hands till the end - when you said epoxy my first thought was that you were going to glue the handles to the stems. It's a…"
17 hours ago
Bonnie Pierce West replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"Oh man, yes, I remember!  Could be, I guess, but it seems that the only thing that was updated in this house was the wallpaper (80s style).  When I get a chance, I'll take it down and look at it. It does still work, and has a very…"
yesterday
Will H replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"I'm thinking perhaps the late 60's into the 70's. There was a bit of a surge in gothic/medieval decor. Many rec rooms were done with similar light fixtures and even furniture. Ever walk into a house with the fake red velvet "coat…"
yesterday
S. B. Harris posted a discussion

For Sale: OHJ back issues '84, '91, '93 - '99

I have a nearly complete set of OHJ issues from mid 1993 through late 1999, as well as a few earlier issues, that I no longer use.  With a few exceptions (see list below), the individual issues are in good condition with only minor "shelf wear". …See More
Thursday
Phil replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"Might have to take it off the wall to see the back."
Wednesday
Bonnie Pierce West replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"Thanks, Phil.  Haven't looked at it closely yet, but I will."
Wednesday
Phil replied to Bonnie Pierce West's discussion Is this doorbell original to house?
"Look for the patent number on it.  You can use that to see when the patent was applied for and get a rough idea from that."
Wednesday
Sophie Andersen posted a blog post

Easy building with shipping containers

Green building and its prosThe good thing about green building is that you will use either recycled materials or materials which are being refurbished to have a new purpose. One of the most prominent candidates for green architecture are the…See More
Wednesday

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old plumbing fixtures 10 Replies

does anyone have experience with using old bathtub handles with modern valves? I have 3 American Standard cross handles, (hot, cold,and tub/shower diverter) with the tall escutcheons. I think they're from the 40s. The splines are different than what would fit on the modern valves. Are there such things as adapters? Could i have something machined? Could epoxy be used?Continue

Started by lauri lombardi in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jonna Connelly 17 hours ago.

Is this doorbell original to house? 5 Replies

https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11038573_702224609761_8711339418102816413_n.jpg?oh=0128ae51a9e3e6fa76d76409624ab724&oe=55CE1B69I've just bought a house built in 1941 and I don't know if this doorbell is original to the house.  The house does have many original touches but somehow this…Continue

Started by Bonnie Pierce West in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Bonnie Pierce West yesterday.

For Sale: OHJ back issues '84, '91, '93 - '99

I have a nearly complete set of OHJ issues from mid 1993 through late 1999, as well as a few earlier issues, that I no longer use.  With a few exceptions (see list below), the individual issues are in good condition with only minor "shelf wear".  They've been stored on bookshelves in my smoke free home since I received them new as they were published and have been lightly used.Here's a list of the issues I have, noting missing or damaged issues:March '84 (vol XII no 2) (bent/creased)March '91…Continue

Started by S. B. Harris in Swaps and Sales on Thursday.

Stained crackle glazed tile 13 Replies

I have a 1927 Tudor Revival with a shower that has its original white crackle glazed ceramic tile.  Some of the tiles and the matching built-in soap dish are stained gray/black.  It appears as if mildew has penetrated the tile glazing. They look dirty, but the stains are within the tiles, not on the surface.I've tried to use oxi-clean paste, spray cleaner with bleach and scrubbing paste with bleach to remove the stains.  It is difficult to "soak" the tiles because the stains are on vertical…Continue

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Started by Katie in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jason Clark Apr 28.

Nice Article About Merillat Kitchen Cabinets! 1 Reply

I thought this was a nice article with some great pics in the gallery, especially those funky 60's kitchens and groovy 70's kitchens.http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/mint-condition-1940s-kitchen-a-true-labor-of-love-004639985.htmlContinue

Started by Will H in Old Houses: Post-World War II. Last reply by Jason Clark Apr 28.

Bungalow with no front porch? 1 Reply

Hello! I'm in the market right now for a bungalow in my area. While looking, I found one that has me a bit confused.This bungalow has a bay window on the side and no full front porch. My question is was the front porch removed some time ago, or does this look original? I just haven't seen any in my area with this type of architecture. It is listed as built in 1919.

Started by Raph in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Apr 27.

Scaffolds, or pump jacks 4 Replies

I'm thinking about painting my old wood sided house. It needs a paint job and some minor structural work under overhangs, window frames etc. I've been using my Werner 28' fiberglass extension ladder for touch up - but it is anything but comfortable for long periods of time.  So, I've been thinking:  1. Let contractors do the painting (they'll probably not want to get involved with minor carpentry)2. Buying myself either a scaffold, or pump jack system (24' +) - and doing the tasks myself in a…Continue

Started by KenK in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KenK Apr 25.

Help dating timbers in old house. 9 Replies

We have enjoyed learning about our old home, so much so that we created a site to capture our research. The reason I write is that it our C.1729 has a number of exposed re-used beams. Although this was commonplace, we may have reason to believe that the home started out as a single bay property. One of the reasons for this is that the house has a transverse summer beam on one side of the house and a longitudinal beam on the other. We would love to hear if there are any clues in the images that…Continue

Started by Chris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Chris Apr 24.

Accordion lath 1 Reply

Hi. I was wondering if it was worth the effort to de-nail and save some accordion lath I have? A friend of ours is doing work in an 1840 house and I've asked him to save anything old that is being removed. I've been getting a lot of stuff; some useful, some less so. In one load there was a wall segment with the old lath still in place. It's split and stretched, made from thin rough sawn board. (earlier than the even, mill produced victorian lath strips) I don't think I can call this 'riven'…Continue

Started by Mal & Greg in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sean Maher Apr 24.

Finding original colors 4 Replies

I was wondering if any one knows of a way to determine the original colors of a house , i have heard stories where an old photos is used and they some how determine what colors it was based on the shades of sepia that appear in the photo, but im not sure if these claims are true .  so has any one had any luck searching out the original colors of their house?Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sean Maher Apr 24.

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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 — 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…

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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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