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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
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Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
"Here ya go! Gray is prior to stripping. "
1 hour ago
Steve Busby replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"They actually go across the slight slope the house is on - neither uphill nor downhill - to the laundry room. "
2 hours ago
James Olson replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"Is your house uphill from this object or do the pipes decline from here to under your basement?"
5 hours ago
James Olson replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion original victorian interiors
"Dover Press has a long list of reprints from the Turn of the Century.  Some, like the 1882 Late Victorian Interiors and Interior Details , might be useful.  Another Dover Press…"
5 hours ago
Will H replied to Will H's discussion Sandblasting Slate
"OK. I'll just post them from home when I get there. Sorry about that!"
5 hours ago


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Sandblasting Slate 14 Replies

So as some of you may know, I have a fireplace in my diningroom made of slate. As in most old houses, it had been painted over the years to "modernize" the look of the home. I want it to go back to being slate, but we can't get the final coat of paint off.It was suggested to me that I should consider sandblasting. I'm skeptical because slate is soft, but I was told that it shouldn't harm the slate. The fireplace also has etchings in the slate so I don't want to lose those either. Anyone have…Continue

Started by Will H in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Will H 1 hour ago.

Pipes into our old house 10 Replies

We recently purchased an OLD home and were doing some digging in the side yard when we ran into a pipe. We had no idea what the pipe was for so we followed in and found this: Can anyone tell me what it is?We've been told it might be an old, dry well...but we're concerned about the pipes which run under the house.Continue

Started by Steve Busby in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Steve Busby 2 hours ago.

original victorian interiors 5 Replies

I'm looking for Victorian era books or magazines, that show or describe the times design , basically an interior design book or magazine , but ones from the 1880s as I can find books showing modern takes on original looks but id be much happier to see exactly what they were basing their interiors on. Does any one have a suggestion or source ? Thanks

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 5 hours ago.

Restoring Brownstone Shutters 2 Replies

Hi all... looking for some advice for best practices in cleaning and possibly restoring original NYC Brownstone shutters. I got an amazing deal on a huge lot that came out of the Dakota building (John Lennon's old haunt). Looking to add a few to my own townhouse Victorian windows, where the originals were removed. They of course will need slight tweaking, but I'm more concerned with cleaning them up a bit. The original finish in places that were obviously exposed to UV has almost turned black…Continue

Started by bryan michael in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 5 hours ago.

Basement window storms/screens

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 5 hours ago.

wall vent in bathroom with radiator heat 1 Reply

the vent goes down the wall and hot air is present. why would there be a radiator and a wall vent? the house was built in 1907. what is the purpose of the wall vent? It is not connected to the outside that I can see.Continue

Started by Ralph in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson 6 hours ago.

Kitchen Floor Problem 1 Reply

Our new house was built around 1903.  I like keeping things as original as I can.  The kitchen floor had a couple layers of tile and finally terracotta tile with chicken wire nailed to unfinished yellow pine.  Over the years, it looks like the terracotta bled through to the wood and it is splintering badly from the large nails all over.  Yesterday a floor guy told me that between the stains and the splintering, I should just forget about saving it because it wouldn't hold up to the sanding and…Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Friday.

Bleeding fir trim 8 Replies

I am slowly renovating a 1916 four square. I have had the oak trim downstairs and the fir trim upstairs stripped and refinished. It all looked beautiful. But after time, the fir upstairs began to get sticky. I thought the stripper had not thoroughly dried the wood before refinishing. When I brought the problem to him, he was perplexed. He did some research then explained to me that some woods, including fir, redwood, cedar have a tendency to bleed. He suggests that shellac would seal in the…Continue

Started by Jan Von Qualen in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jan Von Qualen on Thursday.

Oil Based Paint 10 Replies

I am restoring an old home and am getting closer every day to paint time.  I know someone who is  also restoring an old home who uses only oil-based paint on all the interior trim.  Comments?  Opinions?  Pros vs Cons?  Thank you! Continue

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

What Style is My House 8 Replies

Hi,A few months ago I bought a 1906 house. I think the house had a somewhat big remodel in the 20s or 30s, since it has a later porch and I think the aging original owners (who lived in the house until the mid 50s) were the ones to first make it a two-unit. Most of the other houses in the neighborhood with original porches have neoclassical columns. The house was remodeled again sometime in the 50s, when the downstairs kitchen was expanded and an upstairs porch was added to the back of the…Continue

Started by Jack Wayne in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Kris on Thursday.

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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