I have two massive radiators in my 1920 home that have many layers of paint on them. Due to their size (and my fears about getting them to work again properly if moved!) I'd like to strip them while they are in place. The paint is loose in some places and I'm sure some of it has lead, which I'm not terribly worried about since I plan to seal the workspace off and wear protective gear. I'm more concerned with the logistics of this task as well as the best way to repaint them once I'm…Continue
Hello, everyone! This is my first time posting here about my "new" house (I was here about 3-4 years ago when I owned an 1857 Victorian). My new house is a 1920 foursquare that is mostly Craftsman with some Neoclassical thrown in.The previous owners did a great job maintaining the original features on the interior of the house, but unfortunately they chose light gray vinyl siding for the exterior. The white metal flashing around the windows is new, and the eave brackets are sadly long gone.…Continue
Just bought this large 1910 house at auction Saturday. It is divided into 4 apartments with a communal living room, but almost looks like it might have originally been a boarding house, so will have to make tough decisions on what stays and goes (4 awesome original looking kitchens). Incredibly ornate and huge fireplace mantle,…Continue
I'm about to get the roof replaced on my 1894 Victorian. Due to the crown moulding on all the fascia, the gutters are actually placed into the shingles about three rows up. The roof including these gutters was replaced in 1996 by previous owners. I'm having trouble locating new gutters like this. What is the name of this type of gutter and who supplies them?
Our 1885 Stick Victorian has a beautiful turret complete with huge curved wavy leaded glass windows. The glass is in great shape, the windows themselves look good. But there is little to no glazing left on the windows, sash cords rotted out, and many many layers of paint. I will have to strip enough paint to get the windows to move and replace sash cords. I think I can handle all of that. But I am not sure how to get the exterior windows out without losing the glass since there is very…Continue
I have 227 year old, probably white pine floors throughout my house. I just sanded and will be using Zar's Classic oil based polyurethane. I am wondering if I should use a sealer prior to the poly. Any thoughts?Continue
We are currently in the process of remodeling the kitchen of our circa 1890 home. After removing layers of linoleum we have begun to uncover the original finished floor of the kitchen. The boards are 1x6 tongue and groove boards nailed directly to the floor joists, no subfloor. We would like to use these as the finished floor. However, some glue is still stuck to the floor but I am hoping a good sanding would remove this. Can anyone identify what species of wood this floor is? I'm thinking it…Continue
I found a picture that I took during my days preserving the Gamble House Museum, under the direction of Randel Makinson. As you can see in the picture, the Koi pond had not been in used years. The Greene and Greene lantern, shown on the brick pedestal, was missing one panel. We were commission to make an exact duplicate. After matching the glass, the foil was applied. Than we took exacto knives and craved the foil to match, We hand dripped the solder, using an standard pistol iron. After…Continue
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
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…Continue
Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm