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Lair Tienter replied to Jayelle C's discussion Best way to strip and repaint radiators in place?
"I've had my best luck using a stiff putty knife.  Actually I use the kind made for working on window putty. It is stiff, has a sharp side and a point on one end.  Between that and a stiff wire wheel on a drill have had the best…"
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Best way to strip and repaint radiators in place?

I have two massive radiators in my 1920 home that have many layers of paint on them.  Due to their size (and my fears about getting them to work again properly if moved!) I'd like to strip them while they are in place.  The paint is loose in some…See More
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Jayelle C replied to Jayelle C's discussion 1920 Foursquare exterior is boring! Suggestions for trim colors are welcomed!
"I'm sorry for my late response - I just saw this now!  I love the boutique approach and hadn't thought of that before. Thank you so much!"
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Jayelle C replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion New Restorer Buys Two Huge Houses- can't even identify style of one!!!
"If you look on Amazon, you'll be able to find a few different reproduced catalogs full of houses and features from the late 1800s/early 1900s.  Almost all of them are Dover books.  One that comes to mind is "Victorian Domestic…"
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Most Common Old House Plumbing Issues

Old houses have their charm, but they actually can cause many problems. Besides the possibility of mold and mildew development, outdated materials used for building or termite infestation, older houses have some common problems when it comes to…See More
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Pamela Logan replied to LeRoy Williams's discussion in-roof gutters
"Can you show a photo?I have the old gutters on my 1790 home, and they still remain.  But, I did put new gutters on.  It blends really well, and they are guaranteed.  I did need to replace one gutter, similar to the horizontal black to…"
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Quintin - Walt Tiffany left a comment for Lisa Zdon
"hi there you not far from us " Laceyville' what projects have you been working on with your place we just bought ours in laceyville so we have a long list of projects but have spent 4 years restoring a queen anne in michigan so if there is…"
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Best way to strip and repaint radiators in place? 1 Reply

I have two massive radiators in my 1920 home that have many layers of paint on them.  Due to their size (and my fears about getting them to work again properly if moved!) I'd like to strip them while they are in place.  The paint is loose in some places and I'm sure some of it has lead, which I'm not terribly worried about since I plan to seal the workspace off and wear protective gear.  I'm more concerned with the logistics of this task as well as the best way to repaint them once I'm…Continue

Started by Jayelle C in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter 9 hours ago.

1920 Foursquare exterior is boring! Suggestions for trim colors are welcomed! 9 Replies

Hello, everyone! This is my first time posting here about my "new" house (I was here about 3-4 years ago when I owned an 1857 Victorian).  My new house is a 1920 foursquare that is mostly Craftsman with some Neoclassical thrown in.The previous owners did a great job maintaining the original features on the interior of the house, but unfortunately they chose light gray vinyl siding for the exterior.  The white metal flashing around the windows is new, and the eave brackets are sadly long gone.…Continue

Started by Jayelle C in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jayelle C yesterday.

New Restorer Buys Two Huge Houses- can't even identify style of one!!! 13 Replies

Just bought this large 1910 house at auction Saturday.  It is divided into 4 apartments with a communal living room, but almost looks like it might have originally been a boarding house, so will have to make tough decisions on what stays and goes (4 awesome original looking kitchens). Incredibly ornate and huge fireplace mantle,…Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jayelle C yesterday.

in-roof gutters 17 Replies

I'm about to get the roof replaced on my 1894 Victorian. Due to the crown moulding on all the fascia, the gutters are actually placed into the shingles about three rows up. The roof including these gutters was replaced in 1996 by previous owners. I'm having trouble locating new gutters like this. What is the name of this type of gutter and who supplies them?

Started by LeRoy Williams in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Pamela Logan on Saturday.

How to Restore Curved Turret Windows 1 Reply

Our 1885 Stick Victorian has a beautiful turret complete with huge curved wavy leaded glass windows.  The glass is in great shape, the windows themselves look good.  But there is little to no glazing left on the windows, sash cords rotted out, and many many layers of paint.  I will have to strip enough paint to get the windows to move and replace sash cords.  I think I can handle all of that.  But I am not sure how to get the exterior windows out without losing the glass since there is very…Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Apr 18.

Do I use a sealer on 227 year old pine floors - Sanded. 2 Replies

I have 227 year old, probably white pine floors throughout my house.  I just sanded and will be using Zar's Classic oil based polyurethane.  I am wondering if I should use a sealer prior to the poly.  Any thoughts?Continue

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Started by Pamela Logan in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Pamela Logan Apr 16.

Identify Old Floors in Kitchen 5 Replies

We are currently in the process of remodeling the kitchen of our circa 1890 home. After removing layers of linoleum we have begun to uncover the original finished floor of the kitchen. The boards are 1x6 tongue and groove boards nailed directly to the floor joists, no subfloor. We would like to use these as the finished floor. However, some glue is still stuck to the floor but I am hoping a good sanding would remove this. Can anyone identify what species of wood this floor is? I'm thinking it…Continue

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Started by Austin Litteral in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Pamela Logan Apr 12.

Restoring a log house 11 Replies

I am uncovering logs from early 1800's and need to figure out the best way to clean them

Started by Lorraine Nacey in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lorraine Nacey Apr 12.

The original stain leaded glass Koi pond lantern at the Gamble House Museum 2 Replies

I found a picture that I took during my days preserving the Gamble House Museum, under the direction of Randel Makinson.  As you can see in the picture, the Koi pond had not been in used years.  The Greene and Greene lantern, shown on the brick pedestal, was missing one panel.  We were commission to make an exact duplicate.  After matching the glass, the foil was applied.  Than we took exacto knives and craved the foil to match,  We hand dripped the solder, using an standard pistol iron. After…Continue

Started by Randall Marder in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder Apr 11.

My problem: Crooked screen door frame 2 Replies

So here's my problem: My main exterior door was re-framed at some point before I bought the house. It's fine.But the screen door, oy! I finally had to pull it off, since whoever hung it didn't have enough frame on which to fully hang the hinges, meaning that the hinges would pull out every single year, and no matter how I tried to re-build or reinforce the frame, they wouldn't last.So I finally pulled the old screen door off, and discovered that the entire screen door frame is skewed. The…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randall Marder Apr 9.

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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. 

By Brian D. Coleman | Photos by William Wright…

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.

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.

By Mary Ellen Polson…

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

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