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Kyle Barker replied to Kyle Barker's discussion Arch in basement wall
"That is a good point. If I have time this weekend I plan to go back with a longer drill bit and try again. The man who built the house had a warehouse on the opposite corner of the block and there are rumors that it had tunnels. The tunnels are most…"
20 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Kyle Barker's discussion Arch in basement wall
"I think you could be right about a door that was filled in at some point.  There could be another explanation that the plans made when the foundation was built could have changed before the house was finished and it was filled in at that point.…"
Anny posted a blog post

Home Automation: The Answer to All Your Home Related Concerns

Our lives have become easier today because of so many technological improvements these days. Great efforts are being made to make our life more easy and “tech savvy”. This technology actually enables the owner of the house to operate the home with…See More
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Kyle Barker posted a discussion

Arch in basement wall

This arch is in my grandma's 1880's queen anne. It appears to be a doorway that was bricked in at some point and the stairs filled in and then covered with concrete. The ground outside is at the bottom of the window and the arch is about 6 feet…See More
Sherry Rogers Frost replied to Ric Queen's discussion Box gutters
"Thank you so very much for this information Kristina!  I also live in PA (near Gettysburg) and have beating the online bushes looking for information and craftspeople who could take on replacing our very badly installed (by previous owner) box…"
Dan Miller replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"Do you use less of the hardener to prolong set time?  I'm always afraid I will not use enough but I must use too much as I often have to buy another tube of hardener.  If you have not used it for a while need the hardener tube to mix…"
Dan Miller replied to KenK's discussion Bondo Bird Repair
"Bondo is very inexpensive compared to Epoxy and it dries much quicker.  It actually dries too quickly so you have to work fast.  If the wood is at all rotted clean away as much as you can and use something like Min Wax wood hardener.…"


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Arch in basement wall 2 Replies

This arch is in my grandma's 1880's queen anne. It appears to be a doorway that was bricked in at some point and the stairs filled in and then covered with concrete. The ground outside is at the bottom of the window and the arch is about 6 feet wide. My thoughts are that it may have been a root cellar but I've never seen one inside. I have drilled a hole through and stuck a boroscope camera in it but my drill bit was not long enough to get through all four courses of brick. Any thoughts on what…Continue

Started by Kyle Barker in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Kyle Barker 20 hours ago.

Box gutters 3 Replies

Does anyone know of good, detailed, step-by-step instructions regarding how to repair box gutters?  Has OHJ done any articles on them?  And, does anyone know of a supplier(s) of the metal gutters, etc.?  Finally, does anyone know of a reasonably-priced contractor that repairs historic box gutters in the Central Ohio area?  Thanks!Continue

Started by Ric Queen in Old House How-To. Last reply by Sherry Rogers Frost on Thursday.

Bondo Bird Repair 7 Replies

FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold.  So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue

Started by KenK in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Dan Miller on Thursday.

Intro, new homeowner 12 Replies

I just wanted to say hello, my wife and I just bought an old house in Bucks County PA this past week. The house was built in 1928 and like most older homes it needs some work to get it back to it's former glory. Most of the wood work is intact and will just need some touch up. There's cracking plaster and the floors need some work but we love it. Some work was done by the PO, some will stay and some will go but we will make it ours room by room. Please excuse the mess, we're still getting…Continue

Started by John in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by John Nov 21.

Help! need opinions on living room colors.

I'm having a difficult time deciding how to paint my living room on a house I just bought and would appreciate any help. I'm thinking maybe something in the light to medium green family. My living room has 14ft ceilings and is a large room. I was thinking of doing some sort of a two tone. A lighter green below the trim on the…Continue

Started by Jenn in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Nov 16.

Plaster Question

What is the very best procedure for repairing plaster wall cracks?  We have some cracks that have already returned - thankfully the walls haven't been painted yet.  Also, in one bathroom I am considering the anaglypta paintable wallpaper to avoid a tremendous amount of repair and prep work.  Can that paper hold up in a bathroom for several years?  Thank you!Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Nov 15.

Radiator Paint Question 10 Replies

I need to paint three radiators that are original to my 1903 house.  I am looking for a metallic dark bronze kind of color.  I haven't done much investigating yet in case someone here can share an experience or offer a suggestion.  It seems the high heat spray paints are very limited in the colors offered.  Has anyone tried regular spray paint on a radiator?  Can that even be done?  Thank you! Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by I love old houses! Nov 15.

Scott Antique Markets

America's Favorite Treasure Hunt! We host the world's largest indoor antique show the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. Our next show will be Dec. 10th-13th, 2015. Our show hours are Thur.12:45 pm-6pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-4pm. Our Columbus Ohio Season opener will be Nov. 28th & 29th, 2015 with 1200 exhibit booths. Our Columbus hours are Sat. 9am-6pm and Sun.…Continue

Started by Scott Antique Market in Swaps and Sales Nov 10.

Leaking hot water radiator pipes? 2 Replies

My 1928 brick home contains hot water radiators which I love. I have oak hardwood floors and plaster ceilings.Standing downstairs looking up at my plaster ceilings it looks like water damage in the areas where the pipes are routed or where the valves are. Perhaps the pipes are corroding? I don't know.I don't want to tear up the hardwood floor above or the plaster ceilings below. Are there any other options? Can modern tubing be snaked inside the pipes to the radiator?Thanks in advance.Continue

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Started by M. Markham in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter Nov 10.

20 year collection of Old-House Journals 1976-1995 1 Reply

I will be posting on eBay over the next week the remainder of this collection which includes:1976-1982 Yearbooks51 out of 52 individual issues from 1983-198812 individual issues from 1991-925 of 6 individual issues from 19944 of 6 individual issues from 1995Issues from 1989-90 and 1993 have already sold.I have tried to offer discounts for bundled purchases.  What does not sell will be offered again the next month or two.  Feel free to ask any questions.  Descriptions and pictures are in the…Continue

Started by Bill Strobach in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Bill Strobach Nov 8.

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 — 7 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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