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Celia Oxley replied to Celia Oxley's discussion Cork floor repair
"Here is a picture of the floor."
13 hours ago
Celia Oxley posted a discussion

Cork floor repair

According to the house plans, the upstairs in my house built in 1953 was never intended to be finished. It is attic-hot in the summer.  This might have contributed to the peeling of the edges of the cork floor.  The floor is solid cork (I have no…See More
13 hours ago
David Gibson replied to Stacie L. Herman-Laurence's discussion Behr Deckover?? anyone ever try it?
"I justed used the Behr product last weekend.  I applied it on a concrete porch that previously had concrete stain and concrete paint on it.  Pressure washed the surface and applied the recommended primer.  Let it dry over night and…"
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Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Alison Keay's discussion Sandbox in the attic?
"Alison; I & this Forum are glad to help when we can, but note, check all information independently, from wherever it comes, and on what subject   As Ever CSA"
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Alison Keay replied to Alison Keay's discussion Sandbox in the attic?
"Thank you! I was leaning toward fire related, how interesting! Thank you for taking the time to respond, I appreciate it! Alison"
Wednesday
Stacie L. Herman-Laurence posted a discussion

Behr Deckover?? anyone ever try it?

Anyone every try the Baer Deckover product on concrete?  Any thoughts or similar products that you have tried that worked for you?  I am going to resurface the front concrete porch floor and this product looks good but I have seen +5 reviews as well…See More
Wednesday
Mr. Charles ANTHONY replied to Alison Keay's discussion Sandbox in the attic?
"A.K. OK, here is what I know, 2nd hand, from decades of volunteer work at N.P.S. Concord, Mass.  The sand box was used to put out a chimney fire. The damper would be closed below, and the sand carried up a ladder and thru a roof hatch, and…"
Tuesday

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Cork floor repair 1 Reply

According to the house plans, the upstairs in my house built in 1953 was never intended to be finished. It is attic-hot in the summer.  This might have contributed to the peeling of the edges of the cork floor.  The floor is solid cork (I have no idea how deep the cork is) with an overlay of a very thin layer that gives the appearance that the floor is pegged.  The movers kicked off a piece of the top layer.Can I do anything with this floor?  I know cork can be refinished sometimes, but this…Continue

Started by Celia Oxley in Old Houses: Post-World War II. Last reply by Celia Oxley 13 hours ago.

Behr Deckover?? anyone ever try it? 1 Reply

Anyone every try the Baer Deckover product on concrete?  Any thoughts or similar products that you have tried that worked for you?  I am going to resurface the front concrete porch floor and this product looks good but I have seen +5 reviews as well as +1 reviews.  Experiences? thoughts?Continue

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence in Old-House Products. Last reply by David Gibson yesterday.

Sandbox in the attic? 3 Replies

I am a building consultant in New England, and have worked on a few late 1800's/early 1900's buildings and found a 2' by 2' square box (made with 2x8s or 2x10s) of sand in the attics. The attics are wood framed, and also had fire equipment like hose boxes and stand pipes in some attics. I've also seen it in Old church bell towers. Was the sand a fire measure? Has any one else seen these or know what they were for?Thanks!Continue

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Started by Alison Keay in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY on Thursday.

Design Dilemma for Two Outdoor Adornments 9 Replies

We have a design dilemma. We recently removed all the bushes/shrubbery from our front yard, and we are looking for two outdoor adornments, preferably in cast iron. The items need to be historically accurate, approx. between 1840's-1920's. (If they're created by a craftsman, we would consider replicas.) Since our home is symmetrical, we'd prefer to purchase two identical items, or two items that are mirror images; we plan to center them in the front yard, close to the house, below the sandstone…Continue

Started by Cal Hillesland in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Cal Hillesland on Tuesday.

Removing drywall from plaster ceiling? 4 Replies

Hello, I am restoring the plaster in our 1906 Colonial Revival.  The walls are easy enough.  I’ve been using Plaster Magic to repair cracks and bounces.  It’s working great.  I’m going to skim coat after that.  I’ve never done any plaster work, but I’ve practiced on plywood, and can now get a pretty smooth coat.  My dilemma is regarding the plaster ceilings covered with drywall by the previous owner.  I really want to remove the drywall and restore our plaster on the ceiling.  I am an admitted…Continue

Started by Terri in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Tuesday.

New Closet/Plaster/House history lesson 9 Replies

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

Gutter decisions 1 Reply

My 1924 craftsman cottage does not currently have gutters. When I moved in there were half round probably close to original gutters on the house. I'm trying to decide on putting them back up but gutters look a little odd just stuck on the end of the rafter tails. I don't really want to put up fascia board because I want to keep things looking authentic. Was it common to put gutters on the rafter tails? I need to get the water away from my foundation. Any thoughts?

Started by Michael Costello in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tanya Aug 21.

copper and aluminum on same roof? 3 Replies

I'm getting ready to have a new roof put on the old house and I plan to use CertainTeed asphalt shingles with open metal valleys in painted aluminum.  I was advised to NOT use copper valleys/flashings because the acid rain in our area would just eat away at the metal and the valleys would fail before the shingles.  In addition, I know you are not supposed to have copper valleys and aluminum gutters because the run-off from the copper would kill the gutters and I cannot afford to do everything…Continue

Started by John Ochman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by John Ochman Aug 21.

Anyone use Certainteed Grand Manor or Carriage House shingles? 11 Replies

It looks like the roof on our 1890's Victorian is shot and we need to replace it this summer.  It will be a complete tear off (2 existing layers of asphalt shingles).  Although the existing 1" sheathing looks good with only small gaps between the boards, we will probably do new plywood over the entire roof anyway just to be sure the new shingles have a good hold on something.  The roof is a 12/12 pitch with multiple valleys and ridges.  I'd like to do something different than the standard…Continue

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Started by John Ochman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by John Ochman Aug 19.

20 year collection of Old-House Journals 1976-1995

I will be posting on eBay over the next week the remainder of this collection which includes:1976-1982 Yearbooks51 out of 52 individual issues from 1983-198812 individual issues from 1991-925 of 6 individual issues from 19944 of 6 individual issues from 1995Issues from 1989-90 and 1993 have already sold.I have tried to offer discounts for bundled purchases.  What does not sell will be offered again the next month or two.  Feel free to ask any questions.  Descriptions and pictures are in the…Continue

Started by Bill Strobach in Swaps and Sales Aug 15.

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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 — 3 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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