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Kory Krofft posted a discussion

Need some paint advice

We have enjoyed our old hose for over 20 years. It's preservation has has been a labor of love. When we first purchased it, the exterior was covered in asbestos hard shingles which we removed to expose the original wood siding which was in excellent…See More
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Daria Kachmar replied to Daria Kachmar's discussion Recommendation for wood kitchen counter
"Thank you all!  We bought the Waterlox ths morning."
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Robby Baker replied to Randy Wagner's discussion Insulation
5 hours ago
Robby Baker replied to Julia Steed Mawson's discussion injection foam insulation in NH
"dont do it. i just did about 30 minutes of research online and found that both methods of spray foam and spray fiberglass  are no good for an older home. especially if you have plaster walls. heres a more in depth explanation:…"
5 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Daria Kachmar's discussion Recommendation for wood kitchen counter
"Epoxy is not removable without grinding. It is also a one-shot process; if it goes awry, you cannot make spot-repairs. It looks like thick plastic, because it is. It is not appropriate-looking in an old-house setting. Waterlox (or similar) will give…"
6 hours ago
Phil replied to Daria Kachmar's discussion Recommendation for wood kitchen counter
"We have both slate and maple counter tops in our kitchen, and we use mineral oil on both.  In principle we should probably re-oil every month, but in practice maybe twice a year.  "
7 hours ago
Richard Pryor replied to Daria Kachmar's discussion Recommendation for wood kitchen counter
"I tend to be dubious about putting different chemicals or epoxy onto something that will be at some point presumably be in contact with food.You might want to check the John Boos web site (here:…"
18 hours ago

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Need some paint advice

We have enjoyed our old hose for over 20 years. It's preservation has has been a labor of love. When we first purchased it, the exterior was covered in asbestos hard shingles which we removed to expose the original wood siding which was in excellent shape. We hired a painter to strip and paint the house in the Victorian colors we wanted. The body being Merlot (burgundy) with green trim, rose and blue accents. The house has always drawn favorable attention with on passing couple telling us that…Continue

Started by Kory Krofft in Old Houses: Pre-1900 2 minutes ago.

Recommendation for wood kitchen counter 4 Replies

We're restoring a built in cabinet in our 1892 shingle style Victorian and are trying to determine the most durable finish we can use on the counter.  Choices are spar varnish/Helmsman, floor poly, or a product we saw in HD this morning that's an epoxy bar top finish.  Any suggestions?  ThanksContinue

Started by Daria Kachmar in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Daria Kachmar 3 minutes ago.

Insulation 6 Replies

What is the best way to insulate the walls of an 1870's wood frame house with only German lap siding, no sheathing?I'm concerned that foam may rot the siding.  What about blown in fiberglass?  There is no moisture barrier and in some places where there are holes in the plaster I can see that moisture has gotten in over the years but the siding is not rotten.  I am afraid that all the work and money poured into the house will be wasted if the walls rot in 10-20 years.Please help.  The historic…Continue

Started by Randy Wagner in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Robby Baker 5 hours ago.

injection foam insulation in NH 2 Replies

Does anyone have any thoughts, advice concerning injection foam insulation? My 1940's era rental house needs to have two exterior walls insulated. A contract or friend had shown me an advertisement for Bay State Injection Foam. He had never worked with the company, but knew that I was trying to begin to tackle this problem.Is injection foam a viable method for an old house? Safe?Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.JuliaContinue

Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Robby Baker 5 hours ago.

Warming up to the Cover 2 Replies

When we first moved into the house, we discovered a pair or radiator covers in the basement.  They were getting rusty due to some moisture problems down there, that have since been corrected.  They were both hauled out of the exile in the basement.  Amy had refinished the dining room cover a couple of years ago.  While #2 took up residence on the porch for a couple of seasons.  Or at least until I could get around to refinishing it.  This weekend, we had a neighbor help carry it to the…Continue

Started by TriDog in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by TriDog on Friday.

1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for kitchen chairs

Looking for 1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for replacing on kitchen chairs that are cracking from age. Set includes matching red formica table with chrome legsContinue

Started by Robert Hinkel in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Wednesday.

Hello from MS. Asking for information on the style of our house. 7 Replies

Hello, could anyone help me with the style of our new project? It was built in 1908 in Water Valley Ms. We recently added new shingles and I went back with original color of green. My mother lives in the house next door to the left. She grew up in the house located on the right. A lot of memories for our family on this block and we're so excited to have this home. Thanks in advance for any information.Continue

Started by Jerri Anne Davis in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt on Wednesday.

Replacing the back stairway in a home. 1 Reply

Greetings all,Our old house was changed in the late 1920s with the removal of the back stairway from the second floor to the attic. The front staircase was changed going from the second floor landing area to building a stairway to the attic in what was the open to the ceiling stairwell. This addition was tied into the header above the window and covers stained glass. It is now pulling away from the wall and needs to be removed, restoring the stairwell to the original configuration...as such I…Continue

Started by Mike Clark in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil on Wednesday.

Experiences with "Plaster Magic" 1 Reply

Have any of you tried Big Wally's Plaster Magic? It's a system that glues old plaster onto the lathe when it has begun to detach. I am intrigued by what I see online, but wonder if it holds up over time. Does anyone have experience to share?Continue

Tags: magic, repair, plaster

Started by Deb Beatty Mel in Old-House Products. Last reply by johninelgin on Tuesday.

Looking for Radiator Pipe Flanges or Escutcheons 14 Replies

I'm looking for split-style ceiling & floor flanges for 3/4" pipe feeding my American Standard hot water radiators.1.   Solid cast iron2.   Split & hinged with a loop & tab at the mating end.3.   10-24 set screw for fixed position on pipe.4.   Smooth with a slight flare upward towards the pipe5.   Originally nickel plated but I'm going to clean & paint if in rough condition.6.   3" diameter overall.See photo for exact match.…Continue

Tags: flange, escutcheons, pipe, hardware, plumbing

Started by John K. in Old-House Products. Last reply by I love old houses! Jan 28.

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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 — 4 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 — 7 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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