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Steve Jordan replied to Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith's discussion wood epoxy
"Try Abatron or West Systems. Either works very well for me when I restore weather-checked sills. There are other brands probably just as good but these are the two I depend on for my work. John Leeke has instructions for using these products and my…"
13 hours ago
Richard Pryor replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
"And, the overarching rule: It's not just a house, it's a calling."
Richard Pryor replied to Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith's discussion wood epoxy
"I'm pretty fond of RotFix and Sculpwood putty, both of which I used on exterior partially rotted columns, the first to stabilize the rotting wood and the second of which I used to reconstruct the lost portions. Of course, after they were…"
Rkat replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"Thanks Phil :) It is cool to have that flooring look all nice and shiny and be able to tell future owners that everything is still original and tell the story of it."
caseypratt replied to Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith's discussion wood epoxy
Phil replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"That's a win.  And the flooring and patina variation tells a story. Stories about materials are a big part of what make old houses so great."
Rkat replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"I just wanted to share photos of the flooring process. We finally settled on getting them refinished as-is and despite the vast difference in wood style it has turned out great. We hired a local flooring company that a lot of people in our town have…"
Anne Fransway commented on Anne Fransway's photo

Perils of an old home. Ice Dams!

"We have since added insulation to the attic, last year we did not see icicles as seen above."


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wood epoxy 3 Replies

I am looking for recommendations for wood epoxy. I have windowsills that are deteriorating from sun with grooves. they are not rotten. I want to fill in the grooves and smooth the surface. Any recommendations?Thanks JeffContinue

Started by Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith in Old-House Products. Last reply by Steve Jordan 13 hours ago.

Easy rules for old house types 11 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 Richard Pryor yesterday.

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 18 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Rkat on Thursday.

1924 Fireplace 2 Replies

My son recently purchased a Craftsman style home built in 1924. the existing homeowner build bookcases around the fireplace and when doing that attempted to make the fireplace look like it was centered in the room which it was not originally based on the hearth.  We noticed that it looks like the original fireplace had what appeared to be some type of metal panel on either side of the fireplace opening that aligns with the outside edges of the hearts.  Can anyone tell us if the metal panel is…Continue

Started by Michael Murray in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Wednesday.

Ceramic tile silo 10 Replies

I'm looking into buying an old farm which has many dilapidated buildings on it. By the barn is a ceramic tile silo which every tile seems to be in pristine condition. I don't have any pix of it but will get some next time I'm there. Does anyone know if there is any interest in these things? I have searched high and low and barely find any clues; only pictures in photo sharing sites. This looks like a magnificent piece of history art that I would love to preserve. Not sure if I would keep in on…Continue

Tags: grain, storage, house, ceramic, reclaim

Started by Jerry F in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Jerry F on Tuesday.

Designer Craftsman & Historic Home Show 1 Reply

Events Announcement:I just received an email from AIM Home Group, the publishers of 'Old House Journal', 'New Old House', and 'Period Homes' (and some others to which we don't subscribe) about the Designer Craftsman & Historic Home Show.I added the event to the "Events" section (in lieu of AIM doing so...they can delete mine if they add their own).My wife and I will probably attend (it's only a 3 hr. drive) since we've only had one 4-day weekend vacation since work began on the house three…Continue

Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Demetra on Tuesday.

Double Hall Tree Hook 4 Replies

I recently bought a beautiful arts and crafts hall tree and am in search of an additional 3-4 hooks that match the style.  Any suggestions on where to look?thanks,NaomiContinue

Tags: hall tree hook, arts and crafts, hardware

Started by Naomi in Old-House Products. Last reply by Mayumi on Monday.

Help! I have an 1850s farmhouse with flooring questions 10 Replies

I thought I had walnut flooring under the carpet in this federal style brick. I have removed the carpet staples and subfloor to find wide planked hand sawn planks. They have cracks between them filled with dirt. Is this the floor they walked on or the original subfloor? Can I refinish this floor? What do I do about the cracks and will air come up?! Frustrated and thinking I will lay new hardwood! But imagine how beautiful if this could be accomplished?!

Started by Mandy in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mandy Nov 16.

How do you fund restoration? 9 Replies

I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan programs in our region for home projects--just commercial restorations. Any ideas? Would most appreciate! brickerfarm.comContinue

Started by Susan Bonser in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Susan Bonser Nov 15.

Farmhouse sink and disposals 8 Replies

Is it possible to have a disposal in an antique farmhouse sink?  I know there are porcelain sinks which would crack, but there were also cast iron, right?  Sorry if this is a pathetic question but I really want to keep my kitchen redo as authentic as possible and a farmhouse sink (especially one with legs!) is something I have always wanted.  As always, your tips are always helpful to me.  Thank you.Continue

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

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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