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caseypratt replied to Erin Braico's discussion Joint compound on plaster walls
"Cured lime-based plaster does not have an affinity for gypsum. So, the worst case is using pure plaster of paris to lay a new white coat over an old lime brown coat where the original lime white coat has fallen off (due to water or physical damage).…"
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Moonwildflower replied to Erin Braico's discussion Joint compound on plaster walls
"Did you use drywall compound that was premixed - out of the bucket, or did you use the powder setting drywall compound that you mix with water and has a certain set time?  I am trying to figure the EASIEST but still effective way to just smooth…"
Christina replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Chris: Yes it is a George Barber home, however I am not sure which book or model it is from. Christina"
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Christina, I can help you with your request.  I will send you an email directly to your email address.  Thanks for posting a photo of your home. Chris DiMattei "
Lair Tienter replied to Michael Costello's discussion Electrical issue/problem
"Sorry to say but it sounds like you need an electrician.  Most of what you said is over my head so far I can't even comment on it and sound credible.  I'm thinking there is no rule when dealing with an old house.…"
Christina replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"We are renovating our home located at 304 West 2nd North Street in Morristown TN, I just recently found out it was a George Barber built home, and am seeking the actual plans of our home. Christina"
Michael Costello posted a discussion

Electrical issue/problem

I have a wiring question. I have K&T, 1930s cloth with no ground and romex, sometimes all tied together. Yes I know how dangerous this can be that's why I am changing things over a little at a time. I found a what I believe is a 1930's wire in…See More
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
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Joint compound on plaster walls 12 Replies

My husband is planning to use joint compound to patch our plaster walls.  I recall reading somewhere that this is not a good idea as they are not compatable or something.  Also, I hear a great deal about Master of Plaster and how it will stick to any surface.  Is this to say that other products will not adhere to paint, etc.?  Finally, I would like to skim coat the walls but have NO experience.  Is it difficult to get a smooth wall surface?

Started by Erin Braico in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt 12 hours ago.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 96 Replies

I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started by Chris DiMattei in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Christina on Tuesday.

Electrical issue/problem 1 Reply

I have a wiring question. I have K&T, 1930s cloth with no ground and romex, sometimes all tied together. Yes I know how dangerous this can be that's why I am changing things over a little at a time. I found a what I believe is a 1930's wire in conduit leading to a baseboard outlet. This looks attic bound altough I have not gone up here to confirm that. I suppose it could be wrapping around the room but from the other outlets of which there are three I don't see that. And I confirmed that at…Continue

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

Easy rules for old house types 12 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 Tom owns a Barber #1 on Monday.

wood epoxy 5 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 on Sunday.

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 Nov 20.

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 Nov 19.

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 Nov 18.

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 Nov 18.

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 Nov 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. …


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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