All - Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions. Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue
Hi all --I am trying to hang an extensive Elfa shelving unit on a plaster-on-wood-lath wall in my 1920's NYC apartment. The shelf brackets attach to vertical metal "standards" that tie back to the wall - 5 screws per vertical (c. 7' in height).After putting it all up once and having it pull twist-in anchors out of the wall under a half load, I am back to looking for the studs and I absolutely CANNOT find them. My stud finder (a Stanley) is totally stumped. I've tried tapping and don't hear any…Continue
Started by Allen Pierce in Old Houses: 1900-1945 14 hours ago.
Architecture is the snap shot of place and time, past and present. As good stewards to our built environment, our duty is to establish where needed and retain practices that allow us to enjoy the heritage of those who have come before us . As a sovereign nation, we are young. Asian and European societies have preserved their past often blending with the present in harmony.Continue
Started by Lois Groshong in Old Houses: Pre-1900 20 hours ago.
We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any suggestions......
I'm currently repainting my house. The west side gable rakes (I think that's what you would call them) are very heavily weathered. At first, I thought perhaps it was my overdue painting that caused the damage, but the cracks were full of old paint so they've been this way for many decades. Now that the boards are essentially free of paint, what is the best method, product for repair? Would it be some epoxy product, etc? When would you use this method, before or after priming? Thoughts?…Continue
After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them. Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber? The house was built in 1909. Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue
Hello everyone:We had major water damage and are working with our insurance company to replace the original hardwood flooring. I am insisting that they place a layer of soundproofing insulation where the sawdust once laid under the original floors. There are two reasons: 1) to prevent sound reverb from floating up from the neighbors below us (this is a third floor condo); and 2) to prevent drafts from our North-facing French Doors during cold Indiana Winters.The insurance company, however, does…Continue
I'm looking into buying an old farm which has many dilapidated buildings on it. By the barn is a ceramic tile silo which every tile seems to be in pristine condition. I don't have any pix of it but will get some next time I'm there. Does anyone know if there is any interest in these things? I have searched high and low and barely find any clues; only pictures in photo sharing sites. This looks like a magnificent piece of history art that I would love to preserve. Not sure if I would keep in on…Continue
Started by Jerry F in Swaps and Sales on Saturday.
I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards. Well, some are cracked as one might…Continue
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. …Continue
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!