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Emma Lawson posted a blog post

Give Your Vintage Home a Facelift

Buying and living in a vintage house often requires a little elbow grease here and there to truly make it shine. Details such as fireplaces, woodwork and wide floorboards tend to be unspoiled by any renovation work, which makes the exciting…See More
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Emma Lawson posted a blog post

Risks and Rewards of DIY Vintage Home Repairs

Even though you might consider yourself an experienced do-it-yourself handyman, sometimes you’re not sure whether to take a project into your hands or hire a professional. When faced with such a dilemma there are a few things to consider. Take a…See More
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Dave P replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"Belated thanks for the suggestion, Randall! I'll post back when I learn more."
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Fran Mcevoy posted a blog post

Declutter your closet - 6 rules to follow

You know the picture very well: you open the closet and an avalanche of clothes are falling down. Modern people surround themselves with many things, which, in fact, they even don't need and use. In the main aim to get rid of the problem “I have…See More
Jun 21
Coriss Kohn posted a blog post

Efficient and time saving cleaning hacks

Do you ever feel like the cleaning chores at home are endless, it’s like no matter how hard you try and clean, the result is never as you expected it would be. Fortunately there are a few tricks that will help you clean more efficiently without…See More
Jun 20
Michele Hamlin replied to Michele Hamlin's discussion tongue and groove porch boards
"Thanks...I live in a small town but I will check with other towns.  As I said I'm pretty sure all the Victorians around here have the same thing.  I thought I had someone and after waiting for a long time for them to get their shop…"
Jun 18
caseypratt replied to Michele Hamlin's discussion tongue and groove porch boards
"Your local historic Preservation society should have a list of resources, in this instance, a millwork shop that can replicate moldings. If any has been replicated in the past, the mill will have the matching cutter to make your area's typical…"
Jun 18
Michele Hamlin posted a discussion

tongue and groove porch boards

Does anyone know where to get porch boards in a 3 3/8 X 5/8 thick size?   I have a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian that needs some replaced.  Appears to be an odd size for now although all the Victorians around my town, which is close to Augusta and…See More
Jun 16

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help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related? 4 Replies

Hi all,My house was built in 1906. At the front of the house is a turret, and in the basement, this thin mystery hose/pipe goes into the stone wall of the turret. When it rains (and only then), the hose leaks, as it doesn't fit perfectly into the turret. It looks like a previous owner tried to patch it with concrete and failed. The house goes up to the ceiling and I can't trace it from there, as it disappears behind some HVAC vents. I can't pick up its trace anywhere else in the basement.My…Continue

Started by Dave P in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Dave P yesterday.

tongue and groove porch boards 2 Replies

Does anyone know where to get porch boards in a 3 3/8 X 5/8 thick size?   I have a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian that needs some replaced.  Appears to be an odd size for now although all the Victorians around my town, which is close to Augusta and Atlanta Georgia has this type of board. Continue

Started by Michele Hamlin in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Michele Hamlin Jun 18.

Time to replace front porch deck: fir vs mahogany T&G? 1 Reply

It is the same price at the local yard.  I am replacing a yellow pine floor of 15 years that did not hold paint well and has had a lot of rot problems.  Thoughts? Continue

Started by Phil in Old-House Products. Last reply by Lair Tienter Jun 14.

storm windows: replacement options 3 Replies

We have an 1890s Victorian. We are looking at options to replace the wooden storm windows with something that gives us more function. Plus, several of them are rotting or were missing. Is there anything out there that works well? I'd like to have a full screen and two storms that are adjustable so we can utilize the windows that move top down and bottom up. I checked into having a wooden storm built (Adams Architectural Millwork, Dubuque, IA), but that costs about $400 per unit. That's not in…Continue

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Started by Eileen Dushek-Manthe in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder Jun 12.

Old Iron Radiators 2 Replies

I am stripping paint off several old cast iron radiators (with a gorgeous scoll patter on the fins) and I want  to leave the finish "natural", just rubbed with oil to prevent the iron from getting a light coat of rust.  Last time I did this I used Penetrol to oil the radiators.  They came out great (and still look great 8 years later), but they gave off an oily smell the first few years when the heat came on in the fall.  I would like to get the same great look with out the start-of-season…Continue

Started by Al Shehadi in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randall Marder Jun 12.

How to Restore Curved Turret Windows 6 Replies

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 Eileen Dushek-Manthe May 18.

Identify Old Floors in Kitchen 6 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 Randall Marder May 10.

Do I use a sealer on 227 year old pine floors - Sanded. 3 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 Randall Marder May 10.

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 Apr 27.

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 Apr 26.

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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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