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Tim Gibbons posted a discussion

Name that House Style!

I'm stumped as to what architectural style my house most closely resembles. I've attached two pictures below. The pediment is kind of Greek Revival. The front windows are a Chicago Bungalow. The gable-front is almost Federal or Colonial Revival.…See More
8 hours ago
Tim Gibbons replied to Allen Pierce's discussion Finding Studs Behind Plaster
"I've renovated two house built in 1907 and 1927 and I feel your pain. Most likely you're finding horizontal blocking between the studs that's why it seems off. One way to look for studs is to fish a steel measuring tape or a stick or…"
8 hours ago
BenningtonColonial replied to BenningtonColonial's discussion Heavy Weathering Repair--Any Suggestions?
"Thanks for the info, Lair. I opted to try DAP's Plastic Wood product. The directions say the surface should be clean, dry, etc. and then later talks about how to paint it. Since it didn't explicitly say to treat the surface in any way…"
11 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"PStewart/readers; I did a simple Google Search-'can you paint an asphalt roof'?  They recommend acrylic or latex. I note they say use porch and floor paint. One site says 'Absolute coattings' & Allflor' both with a…"
yesterday
Allen Pierce posted a discussion

Finding Studs Behind Plaster

Hi all --I am trying to hang an extensive Elfa shelving unit on a plaster-on-wood-lath wall in my 1920's NYC apartment. The shelf brackets attach to vertical metal "standards" that tie back to the wall - 5 screws per vertical (c. 7' in height).After…See More
yesterday
PStewart replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
" Charles -    Could you please find out whether they used latex or oik paint? And I assume there were asphalt shingles? "
yesterday
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"Really cool! Yup it has pics. I had to look that up on Google and found this: https://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/patriotic-paint/"
yesterday
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"Readers; As requested; a house with the entire roof painted as a US flag. To view, wind up Google Maps, satellite view- of " corner of Shirley & Russell St. Lewiston, Maine"  or try-- "222 Russell St. Lewiston,…"
yesterday

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Name that House Style!

I'm stumped as to what architectural style my house most closely resembles. I've attached two pictures below. The pediment is kind of Greek Revival. The front windows are a Chicago Bungalow. The gable-front is almost Federal or Colonial Revival. Heck if it had a hipped roof I'd think it was a Four Square. Googling old house images I have yet to find a house similar to it.Any insights? Any resources that I should be checking out?Thanks.Tim…Continue

Started by Tim Gibbons in Old Houses: 1900-1945 8 hours ago.

Finding Studs Behind Plaster 1 Reply

Hi all --I am trying to hang an extensive Elfa shelving unit on a plaster-on-wood-lath wall in my 1920's NYC apartment. The shelf brackets attach to vertical metal "standards" that tie back to the wall - 5 screws per vertical (c. 7' in height).After putting it all up once and having it pull twist-in anchors out of the wall under a half load, I am back to looking for the studs and I absolutely CANNOT find them. My stud finder (a Stanley) is totally stumped. I've tried tapping and don't hear any…Continue

Tags: Shelves, Hanging, Studs, Plaster

Started by Allen Pierce in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tim Gibbons 8 hours ago.

Heavy Weathering Repair--Any Suggestions? 2 Replies

I'm currently repainting my house. The west side gable rakes (I think that's what you would call them) are very heavily weathered. At first, I thought perhaps it was my overdue painting that caused the damage, but the cracks were full of old paint so they've been this way for many decades. Now that the boards are essentially free of paint, what is the best method, product for repair? Would it be some epoxy product, etc? When would you use this method, before or after priming? Thoughts?…Continue

Tags: repair, wood, weathering

Started by BenningtonColonial in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by BenningtonColonial 11 hours ago.

Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...? 14 Replies

All -    Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions.   Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue

Started by PStewart in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY yesterday.

Why care

   Architecture is the snap shot of place and time, past and present. As good stewards to our built environment, our duty is to establish where needed and retain practices that allow us to enjoy the heritage of those who have come before us . As a sovereign nation, we are young. Asian and European societies have preserved their past often blending with the present in harmony.Continue

Tags: environment, harmony, stewards, preservation, heritage

Started by Lois Groshong in Old Houses: Pre-1900 yesterday.

Need a Good IPAD AP to manage our House Restoration Project 2 Replies

We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any suggestions......

Started by Lisa sheedy in Old-House Products. Last reply by Lois Groshong yesterday.

"I" House Stairs? More Photos 4 Replies

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Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Matthew V. Lederer yesterday.

Green tinged siding 4 Replies

   After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them.  Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber?  The house was built in 1909.  Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue

Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Amanda Stroud on Monday.

Do I need to add soundproofing layer under new hardwood flooring? 3 Replies

Hello everyone:We had major water damage and are working with our insurance company to replace the original hardwood flooring. I am insisting that they place a layer of soundproofing insulation where the sawdust once laid under the original floors. There are two reasons: 1) to prevent sound reverb from floating up from the neighbors below us (this is a third floor condo); and 2) to prevent drafts from our North-facing French Doors during cold Indiana Winters.The insurance company, however, does…Continue

Tags: under, flooring, layer, sawdust, floors

Started by Gretchen Guard in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Monday.

Ceramic tile silo

I'm looking into buying an old farm which has many dilapidated buildings on it. By the barn is a ceramic tile silo which every tile seems to be in pristine condition. I don't have any pix of it but will get some next time I'm there. Does anyone know if there is any interest in these things? I have searched high and low and barely find any clues; only pictures in photo sharing sites. This looks like a magnificent piece of history art that I would love to preserve. Not sure if I would keep in on…Continue

Tags: grain, storage, house, ceramic, reclaim

Started by Jerry F in Swaps and Sales Jul 26.

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. …

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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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