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cblehmann commented on Steve Jordan's group windows
" Cleaning up, treating and reglazing  windows from an 1890+ addition to a much older house with a little epoxy touch up as needed on the lower rail and painting exterior wiht enamel (hysterical overkill?)  These are nice and sturdy,…"
5 hours ago
cblehmann replied to Steve Busby's discussion Pipes into our old house
"That larger pipe sort of reminds me of a waste pipe.  Maybe it was a septic vault wiht gray water and waste coming into it.  Metal, though - don't know.   The sanitary sewer system in our much older house was installed…"
7 hours ago
Phil posted a discussion

A beautiful chandelier

I have decided that this is too large for any rooms in my house, but at this price, this is a steal and very appropriate for 1890-1910 houses.  If my dining room was  few feet larger, or if I had a large entry foyer, I would buy this immediately.…See More
9 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion original victorian interiors
"Pretty much the standard overview text with illustrations: http://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Interior-Decoration-Interiors-1830-1900/dp/0805023127 "
13 hours ago
bryan michael posted a discussion

Restoring Brownstone Shutters

Hi all... looking for some advice for best practices in cleaning and possibly restoring original NYC Brownstone shutters. I got an amazing deal on a huge lot that came out of the Dakota building (John Lennon's old haunt). Looking to add a few to my…See More
15 hours ago
Chris L replied to Chris L's discussion Splitting cap on front porch column
"good point.  though not sure a pic would help.  the supports/foundation for the column are enclosed with wood from porch and you cant see much.  the support is brick and I belive its only supporting the porch overhang structure.…"
yesterday
Steve Jordan replied to Chris L's discussion Splitting cap on front porch column
"Actually we need to see another photo of the entire column as it relates to the porch and foundation. For example, is there any movement out of plumb? Has the foundation moved, heaved, or sunk? These pie-shaped pieces will move if not secured by…"
yesterday
caseypratt replied to Jan Von Qualen's discussion Bleeding fir trim
"What stripper are we talking about? Caustics are hygroscopic, (absorb moisture out of the air). This will explain the dampness; it cannot ever dry until neutralized. When you say you stripped a piece, does this mean re-stripped one of the sticky…"
yesterday

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Pipes into our old house 8 Replies

We recently purchased an OLD home and were doing some digging in the side yard when we ran into a pipe. We had no idea what the pipe was for so we followed in and found this: Can anyone tell me what it is?We've been told it might be an old, dry well...but we're concerned about the pipes which run under the house.Continue

Started by Steve Busby in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann 7 hours ago.

A beautiful chandelier

I have decided that this is too large for any rooms in my house, but at this price, this is a steal and very appropriate for 1890-1910 houses.  If my dining room was  few feet larger, or if I had a large entry foyer, I would buy this immediately.http://www.ebay.com/itm/251800197516?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITContinue

Started by Phil in Old Houses: Pre-1900 9 hours ago.

original victorian interiors 3 Replies

I'm looking for Victorian era books or magazines, that show or describe the times design , basically an interior design book or magazine , but ones from the 1880s as I can find books showing modern takes on original looks but id be much happier to see exactly what they were basing their interiors on. Does any one have a suggestion or source ? Thanks

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt 13 hours ago.

Restoring Brownstone Shutters

Hi all... looking for some advice for best practices in cleaning and possibly restoring original NYC Brownstone shutters. I got an amazing deal on a huge lot that came out of the Dakota building (John Lennon's old haunt). Looking to add a few to my own townhouse Victorian windows, where the originals were removed. They of course will need slight tweaking, but I'm more concerned with cleaning them up a bit. The original finish in places that were obviously exposed to UV has almost turned black…Continue

Started by bryan michael in Old Houses: Pre-1900 15 hours ago.

Splitting cap on front porch column 4 Replies

Hello.New to the forum.  About 2 years ago I bought a house built in 1927.  We think its a Sears home, but I can't find the model.Anyway, it's my first home and I have millions of questions.  Here's one.  Is this split in the front porch column anything to worry about?  I noticed it last year.  Dont think its gotten bigger.  The column is hollow, not original to the house I don't think.  The house is two story, roughly 1700 square feet.  Cantilevered second floor over the front porch (which I…Continue

Started by Chris L in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Chris L yesterday.

Bleeding fir trim 4 Replies

I am slowly renovating a 1916 four square. I have had the oak trim downstairs and the fir trim upstairs stripped and refinished. It all looked beautiful. But after time, the fir upstairs began to get sticky. I thought the stripper had not thoroughly dried the wood before refinishing. When I brought the problem to him, he was perplexed. He did some research then explained to me that some woods, including fir, redwood, cedar have a tendency to bleed. He suggests that shellac would seal in the…Continue

Started by Jan Von Qualen in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt yesterday.

What Style is My House 3 Replies

Hi,A few months ago I bought a 1906 house. I think the house had a somewhat big remodel in the 20s or 30s, since it has a later porch and I think the aging original owners (who lived in the house until the mid 50s) were the ones to first make it a two-unit. Most of the other houses in the neighborhood with original porches have neoclassical columns. The house was remodeled again sometime in the 50s, when the downstairs kitchen was expanded and an upstairs porch was added to the back of the…Continue

Started by Jack Wayne in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jack Wayne on Saturday.

Oil Based Paint 7 Replies

I am restoring an old home and am getting closer every day to paint time.  I know someone who is  also restoring an old home who uses only oil-based paint on all the interior trim.  Comments?  Opinions?  Pros vs Cons?  Thank you! Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Steve Jordan on Friday.

1930's Fireplace, exposing the brickwork + lime mortar, ongoing project... 4 Replies

Evening all, first post. Great forum you have here. I've had my old gas fire removed, the original builders opening inglenook restored,  and quite liked the look of the rustic brickwork on the bottom support pillar. Bolstered the rest of the plaster off to reveal a lovely brick archway...…Continue

Started by Paul Turner in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Thursday.

Scagliola? and what to do if it is? 2 Replies

So here's the backstory: 1860's house, with what I suspect may be the original fireplace surround in it. The previous owner over-painted the surround grayish black, and I believe installed a new mantel. It looks as though the overpainting was done to tie the newer mantel in with the original surround, because from what little I've managed to see, the material of the mantel doesn't match the material of the surround.When he over-painted the surround, he didn't paint the first inch at the hearth,…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Thursday.

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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 — 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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