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Phil replied to Phil's discussion Time to replace front porch deck: fir vs mahogany T&G?
"The new floor is now on, treated with linseed oil and in the middle of coats of marine varnish."
18 hours ago
Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Paint Over Glossy Trim Paint
"If you want it to stick, then you will need to take the gloss off of it, which is best done with a sanding sponge.  Dipped in water, it will not put out much lead dust (but still where one of those Home Depot hepa masks and close off the room…"
19 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS posted a discussion

How to Paint Over Glossy Trim Paint

All of the original trim in our 1885 Stick Victorian is intact, but painted.  It is painted with that old kind of oil based paint that had a really high gloss, almost enamel, finish.  I like the look of it and want to give it a fresh coat of white.…See More
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Emma Miah posted a blog post

Tips for Styling your Bedroom in Coming Seasons

Bedroom is a place where a person spends a lot of time. To relax and have peace of mind it is essential that you have a bedroom that is comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. There are a lot of themes and accessories that can help in adding…See More
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Stephanie replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"haha I don't know what it is called either. "
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Stephanie replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"Hi Phil,  I tried to send you a message but I couldn't without use being "friends" so I sent you a friend request instead. :) I know for sure it was torn down. We still have some family in surrounding areas, and my uncle took…"
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Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"Front Door Fanantick~  Oddly enough, the double entry doors are often found in New England shops, which is no help to you. In Craigslist/Maine, I even saw a set of pocket doors, circa 1880's Keep searching, N.B. Thanks for the…"
Monday
Phil replied to Stephanie's discussion In search of 19th century front door
"I have live here for over 20 years, but did not grow up here.  There actually was a grocery store on Park Ave when I moved here, perhaps built in the 60s or 70s by the look of it.  If you P.M me your grandmother's name (or better her…"
Monday

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Time to replace front porch deck: fir vs mahogany T&G? 3 Replies

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 Phil 18 hours ago.

How to Paint Over Glossy Trim Paint 1 Reply

All of the original trim in our 1885 Stick Victorian is intact, but painted.  It is painted with that old kind of oil based paint that had a really high gloss, almost enamel, finish.  I like the look of it and want to give it a fresh coat of white. I can see that someone has tried to paint over it in one room with water based paint that didn't adhere well and peels right off.Two questions:1. How do I prepare and paint it so that the paint will stick this time?2. What kind of paint will give a…Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil 19 hours ago.

In search of 19th century front door 21 Replies

In search of a front door to replace this horrid Home Depot special that is on our beautiful 1865 home. I'm guessing the original door was larger and most likely in line with the windows. The height of the windows to the top of the molding is about 105-106 inches tall with the molding being about 7 inches. The width of the current Home Depot unholy door including the side lights is 72 inches.

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Started by Stephanie in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Stephanie on Monday.

Floor restoration options - Please help 7 Replies

Hi all,Hoping this community can help me! We recently purchased a home built in 1865 and while there are still many beautiful and original details, there have also been a lot of "dumb" renovations over the years that we are slowly going to attempt to reverse. Our first project is the kitchen! Currently the entire downstairs has an ugly, fake laminent floor. We know the original pumpkin pine floors are underneath because we can see them in the closets, under the radiators, and in the kitchen…Continue

Tags: woodwork, molding, pine, pumpkin, floors

Started by Stephanie in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Stephanie on Monday.

pine timbers 2 Replies

Wood Pros- Help requested!  This writer is possessed of an 1860's Cape style house, modified in 1889 to become an "I" house which it remains. I am remodeling the "Saturday Night Fever" redecorations{Z-brick etc} in the dining room. In the doing of I found the original Hackmatack Pine Timbers, I think I have the pine type correct. They were covered with 1in & 1/2 thick plywood, and then Masonite and plastic wallpaper! I wish to leave them exposed. Aside from sanding them to get the roughness…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY on Sunday.

Paneling ID Help Please 2 Replies

We just bought a 1900 house.  It has this paneling on every wall.  I was wondering if anyone knew which era this belongs to?  It is a textured paneling that is almost like there was plaster or something on it and then a putty knife was drawn down it, leaving a bump at the end. It is standard 8 x 4 sheets but I am not too crazy about it.  There is plaster and lathe under it and I would like it gone.  But don't want to take it down if it is somewhat contemporaneous to the building of the house.…Continue

Started by Susan Lofton in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Aug 12.

Tracking rivulets around windows

We have rivulets that look like veins appearing around most of our windows. We assume that there is leaking somewhere. We have had a professional seal around the windows and treat them with Kills on the inside. But after a time the rivulets reappear.We have parapet roof from 1926 and it has been sealed with silicone. Hard to imagine where water is getting in from the roof. I suppose that the windows were shoddily redone at some point and so the integrity of the casings is dubious.No idea how to…Continue

Started by Kameron Cole in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Aug 9.

help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related? 10 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 Mr. Charles ANTHONY Aug 1.

Should we treat the wood for termites while we are re-siding our old house?

Our old house is unsheathed and was poorly insulated with blown-in before we bought. Now, we suspect due to the rotting lower edges of siding and peeling paint, that the previous insulation got wet, slumped down at the bottom like a soggy towel and now keeps the north side of the house too moist to hold paint and rotting at the bottom. So, we are going to carefully peel off each board, hopefully salvage most, and clean out the wall cavities before insulating, sheathing, and re-siding. My…Continue

Tags: Restoration, Plaster, Siding, Termites

Started by JRTebow in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Aug 1.

Nasty Paint on Wood Framing Around Aluminum Window Sashes 1 Reply

Gregory Macneil's article, "Getting Under Second Skins" focused on prepping and repainting the wood shingles discovered under old vinyl siding. He doesn't mention what he did with the old wood frames around the newer aluminum window sashes. I assume they were needing some repainting also. Any ideas how to do that safely when the surfaces aren't so large and flat?

Tags: lead paint on window frames

Started by Catherine Brooks in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Catherine Brooks Jul 27.

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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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