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Blair B Carmichael replied to J. Frenchy's discussion 1900 Foursquare Questions
" Hello and welcome to the mysteries of old homes! It sounds like there have been many renovations over the years. It would not be unusual to find the original fireplaces walled over. Go into the attic, there you may find evidence of an…"
19 hours ago
Donald Harris replied to Donald Harris's discussion Drafty old house
"The forced air system is in the attic.  So the upstairs gets the warm air from the system the fastest and the thermostat is also located in the hall up stairs.  Last night I did some backer rod and spray foam and got rid of some drafts but…"
yesterday
Phil replied to Donald Harris's discussion Drafty old house
"Where is the furnace?  Basement?  If so, just have an HVAC person put in another couple of registers into the floor in cold spots on the main floor.  Or, if it is not easily accessible like that, then I would try putting a baffle into…"
yesterday
Donald Harris replied to Donald Harris's discussion Drafty old house
"I closed the vents upstairs and it is still very cold downstairs.  I can feel the draft from under the baseboards.  Any suggestions."
yesterday
Lair Tienter replied to John Goschke's discussion Questions on Repairing & Painting Galvanized Bays on Early 20th Century Twin
"I sure don't envy your job.  I did a cornice once that was similar to your bays.  Paint was in bad shape and the brick below was unpainted so stripper wasn't a choice.  We ended up using the old heat guns but had to be…"
yesterday
Lair Tienter replied to Donald Harris's discussion Drafty old house
"I worked in a house that had the same problem with the top floor being so warm and rest being chilled.  We working on the problem by closing the registers on the top floor so all the heat came into the lower floor.  It seemed with the…"
yesterday
Donald Harris posted a discussion

Drafty old house

My wife and I just bought an old home from around 1900 in Northern New Jersey. The house was a flip and looks like they did a good job. The flipper told us that it was redone from the studs including all new electric, plumbing and roof. The issue…See More
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1900 Foursquare Questions 3 Replies

Hello all! I am in the process of buying an American Foursquare (pic attached). At least I was told that's what the style is, but it does seem to missing that attic window that seems to prevalent in foursquares. Please let me know if this fits the style of one. This was built in 1900 but hardly anything is original. The floors are currently mostly carpeting with vinyl tile underneath so I'm really hoping the hardwood is under that.My main question would be the fireplace. Our home doesn't have…Continue

Started by J. Frenchy in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Blair B Carmichael 19 hours ago.

Drafty old house 4 Replies

My wife and I just bought an old home from around 1900 in Northern New Jersey. The house was a flip and looks like they did a good job. The flipper told us that it was redone from the studs including all new electric, plumbing and roof. The issue that we are having now that we moved in is that the forced air/heat system that they installed is keeping the upstairs nice and toasty but the main floor is quite cold. The vents are located in the ceilings and you can feel the heat coming out of them…Continue

Started by Donald Harris in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Donald Harris yesterday.

Questions on Repairing & Painting Galvanized Bays on Early 20th Century Twin 1 Reply

Our Germantown Philadelphia twin row house has galvanized steel bays and other decorative features that are in need of repair and painting. There are areas of rust, including rust-through, similar to that on an old car. I'm in the process of scraping the paint off in preparation for a repaint, but would like to repair these rusted panels myself by making patterns for bending new panels and renting an 8' brake to bend them.Should I use galvanized steel similar to what I'm replacing? We did have…Continue

Started by John Goschke in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter yesterday.

Mother's Vintage Early 1950's Frigidaire Electric Stove 5 Replies

This is my dear Mother's vintage, early 1950's Frigidaire Electric Stove with an outstanding oven, three burners, and the deep cooking well. Excellent oven! I have used and loved this stove, but with downsizing, I have to part with it. Mother and I have made tasty pound cakes, cheese cake, pecan tassies, etc.in our oven and winter soups and chile in the deep well. Makes me hungry to think about them. What wonderful memories! Please make me an offer!Thank you,Elizabeth Continue

Started by Elizabeth Wilson in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Lair Tienter Nov 30.

Sandstone sealing 2 Replies

Hi, I have an 1832 home built from large cut sandstone blocks.  We have found two blocks in our old kitchen that are losing quite a bit of sand from the surface.  These blocks are fine on the outside of the building so I am not sure what is causing the crumbling on the inside.  I would like to try sealing the surface of these stones.  Does anyone have any experience with this type of stone sealant?Continue

Started by Brian Adams in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Brian Adams Nov 30.

How do I go about dealing with moisture issues in wall cavities of old (1926) stucco home? 1 Reply

I recently embarked on a bathroom remodel. When we removed the old tub and surround there was considerable fungus and mold issues behind the surround on the northern exterior wall as well as fiberglass insulation. When we went to put the new tub in we had to remove a little more of the exterior wall and once again I found more mold and fungus, which prompted me to remove the whole northern exterior wall in the bathroom. There isn't really a lot of rot, just some stuff that's been there before…Continue

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Started by Corry in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Nov 30.

Grandmother's 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range

Dear friends,Many thanks for your wonderful site. It has been greatly appreciated.At this time I wish to discontinue the ad for my Grandmother's 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range.A marvelous gentleman has it in his possession at this time.Thank you. A Blessed Thanksgiving to all!Elizabeth WilsonContinue

Started by Elizabeth Wilson in Swaps and Sales Nov 22.

FOR SALE---FREE FOR SHIPPING COSTS

Approximately 20 years of OHJ in great condition.  Early 80's to 2014.  Most issues.  Downsizing and just can't keep it all.  Located in Kent, OH.    Please reply to jeanniejune@hotmail.com.Continue

Started by Gloria Durman in Swaps and Sales Nov 14.

For Sale- My Dear Grandmother's 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range

 My dear Grandmother's beloved 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range, which has been covered in our home, is in excellent condition. This classic stove would be a wonderful edition for your vintage kitchen.  Gas or can be hooked up with propane!  It is 40 by 19 1/2 by 39 inches tall and is in beautiful condition.  Grandmother’s range is all white enamel with black trim and would grace your kitchen with two (2) fold down covers, which open to reveal four (4) burners on the left and a work area on the right.…Continue

Started by Elizabeth Wilson in Swaps and Sales Nov 2.

My problem: Crooked screen door frame 1 Reply

So here's my problem: My main exterior door was re-framed at some point before I bought the house. It's fine.But the screen door, oy! I finally had to pull it off, since whoever hung it didn't have enough frame on which to fully hang the hinges, meaning that the hinges would pull out every single year, and no matter how I tried to re-build or reinforce the frame, they wouldn't last.So I finally pulled the old screen door off, and discovered that the entire screen door frame is skewed. The…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter Oct 27.

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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

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

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

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

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