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joseph moore replied to joseph moore's discussion Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange
"Thanks for the response. So you're saying you folded a piece of adhesive membrane over on the bottom of the rough opening? Under the sill? So the sticky side was down adhering to the rough sill but also up, sticking to the bottom of the window…"
10 hours ago
joseph moore replied to joseph moore's discussion Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange
"Thanks for the response. These casings nail directly into the jambs....wood to wood. I'm thinking that I'll pre-nail the casings so the whole unit goes in at once instead of trimming the window post install"
10 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Plaster lath time line
"Casey, in this case sawn to the given size you state. These are not split, there are a mass produced item, all uniform in size, with the clews of machine work. The RR clew is useful here, as this town won the bid to have the railroad come on its…"
14 hours ago
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion House Dates
"James Olson; "And we are off''! my wife disagrees with you theory, she is a professional genealogist, and has an understanding that there were more than one 'style' of handwriting. I have a large tome, which I cannot just…"
14 hours ago
James Olson replied to Michael Costello's discussion Bathroom shower tiled floor
"Note: I'm not a tile installer (suck at it....big time) but I watch those that do it. I think you'll have adhesion problems with tiling over tile; with a thinset mortar between two.  Thinset w/ tile will take about 3/4" or so at…"
15 hours ago
James Olson replied to joseph moore's discussion Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange
"On our house we covered the window framing with a strip of adhesive roofing membrane so that it folded over the 2x4 on three sides (interior, rough opening, and exterior).  Then we ran the felt paper over the windows, cut an 'x' over…"
15 hours ago
James Olson replied to Ed Ferris's discussion Some authentic color schemes
"Read this; note sources cited (ie. McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles http://www.mccroneatlas.com/): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_paint_analysis "
16 hours ago
James Olson replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion House Dates
"Lair, if you've seen as many historical documents as I you'd be more sure that one can date things by the number of curly-q's."
17 hours ago

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Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange 5 Replies

I have a question that I'm hoping some of you have experience with. The back wall of my 100 year old house was in bad shape....sagging with a rotted corner post etc. It had novelty style drop siding(shiplap joint)  on it with no sheathing whatsoever. It was just siding nailed directly to the balloon frame with heavy rosin paper in between. Since many changes were being made to the wall ( a window where there used to be a door for a 2nd floor egress, a door where there used to be a window on the…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by joseph moore 10 hours ago.

Plaster lath time line 3 Replies

Here is an 'easy' one, I hope!   What is the earlyist date for the wooden lath on a wall, to be the standard, thin, narrow, and short uniform size?  I know there was an earlier style.   The reason it is asked. I have most of the 2nd floor walls done with this sort of work, and it will give me a clew as to the dates of renovations.ThanksKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY 14 hours ago.

House Dates 9 Replies

Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first.  I have an 1860, by County Records , 2 story House. Just today I was fixing the 2nd floor hall and found the above 'Constructed  3/22/86 by Joe, Mark &  ?  This house has an 11x16 addition , with some odd posts all around the interior, see my older photos. …Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY 14 hours ago.

Bathroom shower tiled floor 1 Reply

My Bathroom shower is very large, 5.5' by 7.5'. It has small square tiles that are difficult to keep clean and sealed. The "plastic" type sealer only lasts about 6 months and where water sets it lasts only a month or so, and the tiles are very difficult to keep clean. A lot of them tend to have black/brown spots or a haze…Continue

Started by Michael Costello in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson 15 hours ago.

Some authentic color schemes 15 Replies

Here are twenty-four authentic late-Victorian color schemes taken fromhttps://archive.org/details/CatalogueAndPriceListOfTheManufacturesOfTheLoweBrothers.  Its date is not given, but is 1893 or later.  Since the paint cans shown in it don't have the Sherwin flange-top, it's not much later.The greens have darkened to black and I don't think "Grayish Green" was meant to be the light pink it now is. …Continue

Started by Ed Ferris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 16 hours ago.

Door hinge the previous owners screwed up 3 Replies

Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen), the previous owners put the beautiful original Eastlake hinges upside-down on our daughter's bedroom door and bent the rod on purpose to keep it from sliding out of the hinge and falling onto the floor. In our new house, our daughters bedroom door was sticking and we knew the hinge needed to be refastened into the door frame. We just pulled it off, and…Continue

Started by Carrie Z in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Tuesday.

Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home 8 Replies

Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue

Started by Tempwave in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy on Monday.

oak carpeting? 2 Replies

so here is my question , my house was built in 1888, the kitchen floor is side nailed maple, the front hall and recieving room side nailed oak , the dining room is patterned side nailed maple , but the parlor is narrow oak that is all top nailed , the second floor is the same with some rooms having inlayed borders , my question is with the first floor all being side nailed and the everage width , might the parlor floor be a later addition maybe the room originally had carpet ? and this flooring…Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder on Saturday.

Front Door Repair - Veneer 5 Replies

Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't want to replace it; As with most things, I'd rather repair it.I can't find a ton of info on the internet about this, I thought I'd see if anyone has experience with these sorts of repairs. Here is a sideways photo:…Continue

Tags: repair, character, door, front, vaneer

Started by Tyler in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randall Marder on Saturday.

Old pipe sticking down out of ceilings! What are they and how do I get rid of them? 8 Replies

I have short, little pipes sticking out of my living room and kitchen ceilings - both next to where ceiling fans have been previously installed. I'm getting ready to paint and replace the dated fans. My house was built in 1903. What are these pipes and how can I remove or hide them?Continue

Started by Angela Larck in Old House How-To. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy Sep 10.

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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 — 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…

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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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