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tracie debisschop replied to AP's discussion Thoughts on insulating walls in a high humidity area- moisture issues?
"do not use fiberglass insulation. it holds moisture and rodents like to nest in it. I would go with closed cell insulation. do not use open cell , it also will hold moisture. closed cell is more expensive and worth it. higher r-value than open cell.…"
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Phil replied to Rod Lloyd's discussion George F. Barber "pattern book" house
"But as I said, it is a very handsome house with a spect"
Oct 11
Rod Lloyd replied to Rod Lloyd's discussion George F. Barber "pattern book" house
"Thanks for the postcard.  Yes it does look quite different.  That info came from the seller.  It might have been the floor plan that is similar."
Oct 11
Dawna Waters replied to Jay Nouri's discussion Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though
"Does it happen only at night? When I was a kid we owned a cinder block home and bats would get into the block and get stuck. We didn't have any central heat or a.c. (not even electricity) so I do believe that it was bats as my father…"
Oct 11
Phil replied to Dawna Waters's discussion What style is this home?
"The wooden trim along the top of your porch (that is now largely modern metal) was likely part of the original porch."
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"The wooden trim along the top of your porch (that is now largely modern metal) was likely part of the original porch."
Oct 11
Phil replied to Rod Lloyd's discussion George F. Barber "pattern book" house
"Handsome house.  But I am attaching a vintage postcard of the old governor's mansion, and it looks pretty different."
Oct 11
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George F. Barber "pattern book" house

We have just purchased a "Queen Anne" home and will be moving to from Oregon in December.  The address is 128 W Main St, Sterling Kansas.  We are told it is a copy of the original Governor’s Mansion in Topeka Kansas which later burned down.I am…See More
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Thoughts on insulating walls in a high humidity area- moisture issues? 1 Reply

I recently purchased a long-vacant brick craftsman bungalow built in the early 1920's.  At the time of purchase, it had an active roof leak, and, as it turns out, significant structural damage due to termite infiltration.  I had to remove plaster from an entire side of the house, as well as several other walls.  I have completed the framing/carpentry repairs and was planning on insulating the walls that have been completely opened up with kraft-faced fiberglass batts.  However, after coming…Continue

Started by AP in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by tracie debisschop 1 hour ago.

George F. Barber "pattern book" house 3 Replies

We have just purchased a "Queen Anne" home and will be moving to from Oregon in December.  The address is 128 W Main St, Sterling Kansas.  We are told it is a copy of the original Governor’s Mansion in Topeka Kansas which later burned down.I am interested to know if this is a George F. Barber "pattern book" house, or any known information for restoring purposes.Is it possible to buy a copy of George F. Barber "pattern book"…Continue

Started by Rod Lloyd in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Oct 11.

Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though 2 Replies

Hello, I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I've had this noise in my house, seems to be coming from only one section of the house, but I can't pinpoint where exactly. I live in a 1978 town house. 2 story. The noise is coming from the wall, maybe the floor above. I can't tell. It sounds like a chair is being dragged on the floor. Imagine when you get up from a chair and push it back and there is that echo from the screeching on the floor. Last night I recorded…Continue

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Started by Jay Nouri in Old House How-To. Last reply by Dawna Waters Oct 11.

What style is this home? 2 Replies

We are purchasing this home. We know it was built in 1890 by a wealthy man for his daughter. It has an attached carriage home in the back. I am thinking gothic Victorian but there are no towers and no inside walls have paneling. So I think I may be wrong.I want to make sure any renovations we do help take it more period correct.Continue

Started by Dawna Waters in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Oct 11.

Handle set parts 1 Reply

Looking for parts to repair my door latch. The thumb latch will not operate properly as it looks like the mechanism has separated. No idea of the manufacture or even how old this handle set is.  Continue

Started by Ken Henning in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by psychochix Oct 9.

Robert's 1904 farm house 4 Replies

Hello,In Nov 2016 my wife and I along with our 3 kids bought a roughly 3000 sq ft farm house built in 1904 on 160 acres.  I think we are the 4th or 5th family to live here.  I can't quite remember the story, I'll have to get back with the previous owners.  They lived in the home from 1968 up until about 10 or 15 years ago they moved into the city and the home has sat vacant.  From 1968 they raised I think 5 kids in the home.  The house from the inside looks kinda like a foursquare, but from the…Continue

Started by Robert C Scott in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Robert C Scott Oct 2.

Time to replace front porch deck: fir vs mahogany T&G? 4 Replies

It is the same price at the local yard.  I am replacing a yellow pine floor of 15 years that did not hold paint well and has had a lot of rot problems.  Thoughts? Continue

Started by Phil in Old-House Products. Last reply by Phil Sep 10.

Front Porch Steps 2 Replies

Thirty years ago when I bought this old Craftsman house i replaced the porch floor and steps. The elephantine columns were unsalvageable, also. Three years ago when I repainted my front porch steps I found some dry rot on the stringer next to or under the thick porch rail/wall. Absent carpentry skills I just papered over it, and put a flower pot on the spongy stair stop near the outside wall. Well, three years later the steps look like helll again. I admit I must spend some major bucks and get…Continue

Started by Lynn Sherrell in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 10.

In search of a Carpenter who specializes in old home restoration 13 Replies

Hi All, I am in search of a carpenter or contractor that could help me with my front door project on my 1865 home. My front door was replaced over 15 years ago with a hideous home depot fiber glass door and the entire entrance was modified. I am not 100% sure what the entrance used to look like or what type of door was originally there. I have been doing some research and even have another post on this forum (in search of 19th century front door). I think this project would involve some pretty…Continue

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Started by Stephanie in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Stephanie Aug 31.

Tracking rivulets around windows 5 Replies

We have rivulets that look like veins appearing around most of our windows. We assume that there is leaking somewhere. We have had a professional seal around the windows and treat them with Kills on the inside. But after a time the rivulets reappear.We have parapet roof from 1926 and it has been sealed with silicone. Hard to imagine where water is getting in from the roof. I suppose that the windows were shoddily redone at some point and so the integrity of the casings is dubious.No idea how to…Continue

Started by Kameron Cole in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Will Stanton Aug 31.

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Romancing a Twenties Home

In California, a 1928 red-tile and stucco house with a Hispano–Deco interior gets a period-perfect kitchen with inspired details. 

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The 1928 Spanish Revival home was remarkably intact, with its original red tiled roof, balconies, tower, and arched casement windows.
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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:00pm

Hot Water, Cool Savings

Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.

By Mary Ellen Polson



Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:07pm

True Vintage Style

The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on March 7, 2017 at 12:13pm

Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm

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