After removing the luan and then masonite, we have 'most' of the floor with the original linoleum "dress up" and it has a tar like adhesive underneath. Question: what do we use to remove that tar (it is black color and hard in spots) from the old pine original floor boards? Heat, thinner, dynamite...?This 'looks' to be original to the house as we have seen a shadow are where the linoleum cut around the original baker's cabinet or pantry built in. if this matters.Continue
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
Hi, I am trying to figure out the best way to clean logs that used to be covered by plaster and some lime (see picture). I'm thinking some attachment on an angle grinder might work but I really don't want to damage the wood. Thank you.Continue
Need a little advice on the best way to replace the old sash pins in my windows. The old pins are frozen and/or dis functional. I was able to get the old pins out, but the sleeves are still in the sashes. Any easy way to get then out without wrecking the hole for the pin? I do have new pins to install. I've done this process before, but am looking for any tips or tricks. I've gotten them out before, but usually in pieces and with a lot of frustration. The glass is out of the sashes so no…Continue
Hi this is my first post. I have a two family house built in 1923. I have oil steam heat using the cast iron radiators. I am in process of changing my heating system from oil to gas; which I believe would be much cheaper. I made several inquiries from contractors and have been given confusing information. 1. You can use your 10 year boiler and convert to gas using a gas gun which would cost less than buying a new boiler.2. Buy a new efficient gas boiler which would be better in the…Continue
Does anyone know where I can buy new (or old but working) triple track storm windows?Mine are coming apart at the corners, several of the pins that hold the storm or screen in are broken, many of the storm windows won't close all the way at the top or sides. A couple of years ago a company that said they could solve these problems but they actually made them worse with now several windows being almost impossible to slide up or down because the frames are out of line.I now also have wonderful…Continue
Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Wednesday.
I have a problem (of course!). My kitchen drain pipe goes into the basement, where it empties into a tile which leads outside to the cistern. Yesterday, I noticed it was backing up into the basement, and ran a hose through the tile to try to open it up.The blockage is about 7 feet from the house, and so I went out to the access tile, which is also blocked up. After trying to wash it out with the hose, I finally decided to stick my arm down in there to see if I could feel anything.(I would not…Continue
Hello. New to the forum. We just bought this house www.dkwarrenhouse.com and are looking for a chandelier to keep continuity. I have attached a picture of what we are looking for. Any ideas? Thankschand.jpgContinue
So next year’s “structural” project is to get the house replumbed as I have original galvanized black pipes in my 1909 house. All the work will be done on the first floor and dug out crawl space underneath the house. My question is what kind of pipe(s) should be used? PVC, copper, PEX or a combination of both? I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and no have radiators or a boiler to deal with if that helps with the decision on what type of pipes to use. Another question is…Continue
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. …Continue
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!