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Lair Tienter replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Kitchen Floor Problem
"I had a 1904 house with a kitchen floor that was in bad shape as well.  I think we did more work on the little area than we did on the rest of the house.  It turned out OK but never looked great.  After a few years people starting…"
16 hours ago
I love old houses! posted a discussion

Kitchen Floor Problem

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…See More
18 hours ago
Jan Von Qualen replied to Jan Von Qualen's discussion Bleeding fir trim
"Thank you. That is very helpful. I will try."
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I love old houses! replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Oil Based Paint
"You mean more work in the painting?  Also, how quickly does it darken and how dark usually?  Many shades?  Thank you."
yesterday
Randall Marder replied to Jan Von Qualen's discussion Bleeding fir trim
"If the Sol Gel was not deactivated than it will still cause headaches.  I use Soy Gel, it is the only stripper that will not discolor the patina.  I did  remover tests for the Old House Journal and all the water based products…"
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Jan Von Qualen replied to Jan Von Qualen's discussion Bleeding fir trim
"The stripper I used on the wood that is still damp was soy gel. You say what everyone says, wood that old will not bleed. I totally believe that except that it is. The stripping company tried to identify something that I did or about how the house…"
yesterday
Ralph posted a discussion

wall vent in bathroom with radiator heat

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.See More
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Kris replied to Jack Wayne's discussion What Style is My House
"Unfortunately no all of that had been "fixed" before i bought the place. I found a half of a doorknob in the crawlspace when I was putting down vapor barrier and insulation. I can take a picture of it tonight if that might be helpful. I am…"
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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 16 hours ago.

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 yesterday.

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! yesterday.

wall vent in bathroom with radiator heat

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 yesterday.

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 yesterday.

real plaster

I'm restoring my 1929 American Foursquare, and need to find someone in the Northern Virginia area who can do real plaster, not just drywall with a coat of plaster of paris over it. I only have a few days to find someone, as my contractor wants to move ahead quickly. I am in Alexandria, if you know of anyone who can repair/replace a ceiling with plaster over lath, please post contact information!Continue

Tags: restoration, ceilings, repair, plaster

Started by Janice Clark in Old Houses: 1900-1945 yesterday.

Splitting cap on front porch column 5 Replies

Hello.New to the forum.  About 2 years ago I bought a house built in 1927.  We think its a Sears home, but I can't find the model.Anyway, it's my first home and I have millions of questions.  Here's one.  Is this split in the front porch column anything to worry about?  I noticed it last year.  Dont think its gotten bigger.  The column is hollow, not original to the house I don't think.  The house is two story, roughly 1700 square feet.  Cantilevered second floor over the front porch (which I…Continue

Started by Chris L in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder yesterday.

Restoring Brownstone Shutters 1 Reply

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 Randall Marder yesterday.

Logs/tree trunk posts as support in basement 4 Replies

OK, this one has had me puzzling since we did the inspection two years ago.  I've never seen this before.  Old logs/tree trunks as support posts in the basement.  See attached.  Old school. I'm sure many of you have come across this?  Some notes:*1927 house*I doubt the basement is original; likely house was jacked up to add poured concrete basement at some point*posts are unbelievably strong; I'm a young guy and if I tried to kick or hit these posts, I'd end up in the hospital. No rot. But hey,…Continue

Started by Chris L in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder yesterday.

What the hearth? 3 Replies

See photos.  At first glance, hearth looks like its heaving upwards.  But I dont think thats the case.  I think floors are sagging.  I've read that floor sag around fireplace is fairly common.  We also have gaps under neighboring moulding on either side of chimney.When we moved in, one corner of the hearth/floor kind of looked like this.  Since we moved in (heavy couch, family of four - we spend 80% of our time in there), the whole thing started to equal out like this.  -In the basement, I see…Continue

Started by Chris L in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randall Marder yesterday.

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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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