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James Olson replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"Does the trigger-style latch pull operate the deadbolt?  I've never seen that before."
11 hours ago
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Joanna, I've found it really goes far if you do a fairly thin skim coat.  Two gallons 'should' do it if you go easy.  That's the beauty of it I think; that you can apply paper thin don't have to…"
Joanna Revers replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. The difference is hundreds of dollars! I'm quite excited about (and daunted by) this project. Thanks! Joanna"
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Richard Pryor replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Joanna - I can tell you when I did my walls, I bought based on the 50 sq.ft estimate, and ended up with WAY too much.  Like 3 times too much.  So unless you're planning on completely re-plastering your walls, I'd use the 200…"
Joanna Revers replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Jill, I know that this was posted quite some time ago, but I am hoping you might be able to help me. I am about to take on a room in my home finishing it with the SW Textured Fresco products. I am trying to calculate how much Dimensional Basecoat…"
John Dingman posted a discussion

What do you call this door knob/latch?

I have several of these throughout my house. I wanted to order a replacement part…See More
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to Kyle Barker's discussion Wood sashes
"Great share John! I have already bookmarked that page!"


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What do you call this door knob/latch? 1 Reply

I have several of these throughout my house. I wanted to order a replacement part for one but I can't find this same knob & latch anywhere online or in catalogs, in part because I don't know the proper name for it.Continue

Tags: latch, knob, Door

Started by John Dingman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 11 hours ago.

Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater? 28 Replies

So we'd like to get our walls looking as though they were plastered 120 years ago, with a certain sandy bumpiness thing going on.  I'm not skilled enough to use actual plaster, and the local plasters charge an arm and a leg (plus several toes) to re-do a room. We aren't looking for a totally smooth effect, but one with a certain amount of texture and hand-application marks.Right now the walls are all sheet-rocked (previous owner...don't ask).  This stuff (…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Jill Perkins yesterday.

Wood sashes 6 Replies

The previous owner removed 8 of our wooden sashes and replaced with improperly sized vinyl windows. I plan on making my own sashes by ordering a sash router bit for my router table, but I would prefer to just buy the sash stiles and rails if there is a company that sells them. Does anyone have experience with reproducing wooden sashes? Also, I need to buy new storms and will probably just order the Jeldwen brand from Menards due to budget constraints unless I can find something else that is…Continue

Started by Kyle Barker in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 yesterday.

What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house? 8 Replies

We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tales of woe here! (Bonus: If we pick your story for the magazine, we'll tell you how to fix it, too.)Continue

Started by Clare Martin in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Kyle Barker on Sunday.

Identifying Chairs


Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic on Friday.

Multicolored Large Round and Split Michigan Field Stones for Foundations, Fireplaces, Walls, you name it!

image%20%285%29.jpegSince I'm not formally in the "rock business", we opted to gauge the pallets in simple terms of generalized size, large and medium, split, round and split shard.  I can safely say that the majority of our baskets are over a ton.  Due to the fact that it took us 5 months to disassemble 2 barns with split stone…Continue

Tags: field, masonry, stone, materials, building

Started by Matthew Whorley in Swaps and Sales on Thursday.

Easy rules for old house types 8 Replies

I had to share something i said to someone who was asking me advice about doing something on their old house. A Victorian like mine. It manifested itself into something that had to be written down...Four easy rules for any Victorian house renovation and restoration:Rule 1. Nothing is 'square'. "Square" is a notion or suggestion, not an absolute.Rule 2. Do NOT 'fight' the house. It has settled and moved for a 100+ years, tweaks, finesse or nudges are best.Rule 3. Let the 'old girl' tell you what…Continue

Started by Tom owns a Barber #1 in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Franz on Thursday.

Gaps between window jamb extensions and original jambs! 3 Replies

I had to build window jamb extensions when I added 2x4 framing. Problem is that the originaljambs were not plumb so there is a uneven gap between the old and the new. How can I properlyclose this gap up ?Continue

Started by Frances Reay in Old House How-To. Last reply by Kari Dunn Apr 7.

Windows questions - 1960's double-hung wooden windows 2 Replies

Hello there, I am a new member, and looking for some help with a couple of issues I have with my windows.  I am in a 1960s era house with original double-hung wooden windows throughout.  When we moved in, the prior owners had significantly renovated the home (and after 6 years, I have nearly finished repairing the damage they did in their poor reno job).  One thing they did was replace the original window hardware with new, admittedly-nice-looking window latches.  About a  year ago, those…Continue

Started by Jonathan Hooks in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson Apr 7.

Standard bathroom sink

We bought a Standard oval pedestal sink at an architectural salvage store this weekend and overall it's in fair condition. However, it does have a few spots that are down to the metal. Has anyone attempted to repair these with good results or is this something that is best left up to the professionals?Continue

Started by Kyle Barker in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Apr 7.

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 — 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…


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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