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John replied to John's discussion Intro, new homeowner
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Intro, new homeowner

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…See More
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A Better Painter replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Removing paint?
"Most people/ professionals would want/ have to see it first (before they would know the specific conditions, layers and types of paint needing to be removed) to [be able to] answer this one. The local paint store, however, as Lair mentioned, would…"
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Lair Tienter replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Removing paint?
"There are a lot of products on the market but I'm not sure what you consider hard.  Your best bet it to talk to someone at a local paint store.  There are a lot of propel on the board who have used products and if you are patient they…"
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Sally Williams posted a blog post

The Perfect Painting Project

Painting a home is no easy task, no matter if you are painting the whole house, or just…See More
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Diane Hager replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Introduction and Some Help
"Jim, the house is looking fabulous! It just amazes me that people covered up such amazing detail. I cannot wait to see your futures pictures.  You must be so proud of your work to uncover this beauty. Diane"
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I love old houses! posted a discussion

Removing paint?

I need to remove paint from two brick columns on my historic house.  Suggestions for how to safely do that without too much damage to the brick mortar?  Hopefully there is something that isn't too hard.  Thank you!See More
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Intro, new homeowner 1 Reply

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 2 hours ago.

Removing paint? 2 Replies

I need to remove paint from two brick columns on my historic house.  Suggestions for how to safely do that without too much damage to the brick mortar?  Hopefully there is something that isn't too hard.  Thank you!Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by A Better Painter yesterday.

Introduction and Some Help 22 Replies

Hello,I am new to the site and am hoping some one can help me with a question about my house. I have a ~1915 Victorian house in upstate NY.Here is an image of the house when we purchased it.Here is a scan of a photo we were given of the house back in the day.…Continue

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Diane Hager on Thursday.

The Counter Dilemma 11 Replies

So, I am at the point of my restoration where some big kitchen decisions are required.  My 1903 Old English/Craftsman needs a countertop decision.  I really want Carrera Marble, but about 90% of the people I ask say "Forget it!"  Blogs and Forums have plenty of stories written by happy kitchen marble people.  I definitely want a natural stone.  I will also be considering soapstone, but I would have to give up on the white countertop idea.  I always get wonderful advice from you, so lay it on me.Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson Jul 23.

sealing a new pine floor in a cupola 5 Replies

Hi, I am looking for advice on what is the best product to use on a new pine floor that I have installyed in my cupola. I was planning on using Gymseal but that is no longer made. I am not a fan on polyurethane and have looked at the General Finishes water based urethane varnishes, and the Epihipines (sp) products without much enthusiasm. What about using marine spar varnish? Any advice would be much appreciated. The product has to resist scuffing, and be waterproof as I open the cupola in the…Continue

Started by Leigh Semilof in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Leigh Semilof Jul 22.

Removing Wallpaper from 1840's built house 4 Replies

What are the best strategies for removing wallpaper from a very well maintained 1840' built house.  Someone lived here approx. 3 years ago.  We want to paint the walls.I just read article on 'How to Strip Wallpaper' from This Old House.Continue

Started by F. Lynn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Jul 21.

Random Thoughts about Old Houses For Sale 6 Replies

- Why do so many old houses, especially those most in need of saving, have to be in places I'd never want to live?  Why can't more be in ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, VA, MD, DE, CT, RI?- While fully restored houses are nice to visit; I'd never want to buy one.- The price to restore an old house seems to be 33% for the property and 66% for the restoration (if it's in "livable" condition to begin with).  If condemned, the numbers seem to be 10% for purchase and 90% for restoration.- Don't tell me that old…Continue

Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by James Olson Jul 21.

New Closet/Plaster/House history lesson 7 Replies

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Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Jul 20.

Copper flashing ideas for covering aluminum 17 Replies

Been awhile since I sought advice from the forums.  Getting ready to camouflage this ugly aluminum flashing with some patinaed copper.  I have a roll of 6" wide copper.  Obviously I will have to cut it and shape it to fit around the arch. I intend to use industrial adhesive to glue it to the aluminum.  Any ideas on what shapes might look best and most storybook?  Rounded curves, tudor arch, squared edges? No room for error once I cut the copper!  Thanks all!Continue

Started by Jill Perkins in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jill Perkins Jul 17.

1904 covered porch

We are planning on moving to Beloit WI and while searching Zillow I saw a house in desperate need of somebody who cares.  Advertised as handyman's special.  Awwww, those fateful words.  Now the ceiling damage I know needs to be fixed and how.  Needs a better kitchen, etc.  That isn't the part that makes me go ummm.   At some point in it's life somebody enclosed the porch.  I know it was a porch, the house is a four square and I can "see" it with a porch.  I of course wouldn't leave it enclosed…Continue

Started by Tanya in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Jul 17.

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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 — 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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