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The Old House New House Home Show at Pheasant Run Resort

September 27, 2014 at 10am to September 28, 2014 at 5pm
Update, renovate and remodel home surroundings with The Old House New House Home Show, September 27 - 28, 2014 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.  Discover displays from 300 award-winning contractors, talented designers, leading brands and…See More
6 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion House Dates
"Sir;  Thank you for the kind reply and the story background. This DOES help me understand my old house, and its 'quirks'. My chief 'gripe' is the staircase that ends right at the front door. With the door open, you cannot…"
9 hours ago
joseph moore posted a discussion

Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange

I have a question that I'm hoping some of you have experience with. The back wall of my 100 year old house was in bad shape....sagging with a rotted corner post etc. It had novelty style drop siding(shiplap joint)  on it with no sheathing…See More
17 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Carrie Z's discussion Door hinge the previous owners screwed up
"Casey has a point about the end grain but the method you described has worked very well for me over the years despite the end grain.  Just be sure to use plenty of glue. If you can get behind the jamb and have the room plywood…"
18 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion House Dates
"That is not uncommon at all. Back then they din't know what "throw away" was.  Everything was used and used again.  My house was on the map in 1863 as a small, square, wood,  one story house.  In 1883 it…"
18 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY posted a discussion

House Dates

Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first.  I have an 1860,…See More
yesterday
caseypratt replied to Carrie Z's discussion Door hinge the previous owners screwed up
"A dowel is no good because the screw is going into end-grain material. You need to drill out and insert a face-grain plug. Then carefully pilot for the hinge screws so you don't split the wood. In cases of really heavy doors, I have backed up…"
yesterday
StoneHouseGuy replied to Tempwave's discussion Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home
"We just discovered the rafter tails on our house when we rehung some gutters (and had to remove the aluminum sofit.) The ends of ours were just a simple point that we cut off - most were rotters short to rounded ends. The shape was fairly…"
yesterday

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House Dates 2 Replies

Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first.  I have an 1860, by County Records , 2 story House. Just today I was fixing the 2nd floor hall and found the above 'Constructed  3/22/86 by Joe, Mark &  ?  This house has an 11x16 addition , with some odd posts all around the interior, see my older photos. …Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY 9 hours ago.

Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange

I have a question that I'm hoping some of you have experience with. The back wall of my 100 year old house was in bad shape....sagging with a rotted corner post etc. It had novelty style drop siding(shiplap joint)  on it with no sheathing whatsoever. It was just siding nailed directly to the balloon frame with heavy rosin paper in between. Since many changes were being made to the wall ( a window where there used to be a door for a 2nd floor egress, a door where there used to be a window on the…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945 17 hours ago.

Door hinge the previous owners screwed up 3 Replies

Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen), the previous owners put the beautiful original Eastlake hinges upside-down on our daughter's bedroom door and bent the rod on purpose to keep it from sliding out of the hinge and falling onto the floor. In our new house, our daughters bedroom door was sticking and we knew the hinge needed to be refastened into the door frame. We just pulled it off, and…Continue

Started by Carrie Z in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter 18 hours ago.

Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home 8 Replies

Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue

Started by Tempwave in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy yesterday.

oak carpeting? 2 Replies

so here is my question , my house was built in 1888, the kitchen floor is side nailed maple, the front hall and recieving room side nailed oak , the dining room is patterned side nailed maple , but the parlor is narrow oak that is all top nailed , the second floor is the same with some rooms having inlayed borders , my question is with the first floor all being side nailed and the everage width , might the parlor floor be a later addition maybe the room originally had carpet ? and this flooring…Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder on Saturday.

Front Door Repair - Veneer 5 Replies

Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't want to replace it; As with most things, I'd rather repair it.I can't find a ton of info on the internet about this, I thought I'd see if anyone has experience with these sorts of repairs. Here is a sideways photo:…Continue

Tags: repair, character, door, front, vaneer

Started by Tyler in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randall Marder on Saturday.

Some authentic color schemes 14 Replies

Here are twenty-four authentic late-Victorian color schemes taken fromhttps://archive.org/details/CatalogueAndPriceListOfTheManufacturesOfTheLoweBrothers.  Its date is not given, but is 1893 or later.  Since the paint cans shown in it don't have the Sherwin flange-top, it's not much later.The greens have darkened to black and I don't think "Grayish Green" was meant to be the light pink it now is. …Continue

Started by Ed Ferris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Ed Ferris on Friday.

Bathroom shower tiled floor

My Bathroom shower is very large, 5.5' by 7.5'. It has small square tiles that are difficult to keep clean and sealed. The "plastic" type sealer only lasts about 6 months and where water sets it lasts only a month or so, and the tiles are very difficult to keep clean. A lot of them tend to have black/brown spots or a haze…Continue

Started by Michael Costello in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Sep 10.

Old pipe sticking down out of ceilings! What are they and how do I get rid of them? 8 Replies

I have short, little pipes sticking out of my living room and kitchen ceilings - both next to where ceiling fans have been previously installed. I'm getting ready to paint and replace the dated fans. My house was built in 1903. What are these pipes and how can I remove or hide them?Continue

Started by Angela Larck in Old House How-To. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy Sep 10.

Insulating 1928 fieldstone house attic ceiling

Hello everyone,I own a 1928 fieldstone two story house.  And could use some help thinking about re-insulating the attic.Originally the attic ceiling was insulated in the 1950's with fiberglass insulation (paper backed) and then during the 1980's a tenant pushed the insulation up against the boards of the ceiling.  About 12 years ago I reshingled the house and the roofers convinced me to cut a ridge vent.  (there are no soffits because of the dutch colonial style of the roof, but there are two…Continue

Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Sep 9.

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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 — 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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