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Can I still find historic looking linoleum?

I have had no luck with online searches.  I need it for a rather small area (laundry room) in the basement. Thank you!See More
9 hours ago
James Olson replied to James Olson's discussion Traditional Walkway Base Preparation
"The second method you mention is similar to how most DIYers on LI do it, except they use polymeric sand that's been tamped into the cracks. I've done a number of walkways/driveways using crushed stone w/ stone dust, then sand, then…"
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James Olson replied to James Olson's discussion Traditional Walkway Base Preparation
"I did an internet search and found coal ash is still readily available; often for free, from coal burning power plants.  Given the small amounts I'd be using I wouldn't be concerned about the levels of arsenic in it.  Thanks for…"
yesterday
I love old houses! replied to I love old houses!'s discussion The Counter Dilemma
"You all make good points that I just needed to hear.  What are your thoughts on soapstone?  I found one white soapstone, but it was certainly not white and heavy on the black veining -  I just didn't like it.  Who has…"
Saturday
Lair Tienter replied to I love old houses!'s discussion The Counter Dilemma
"I have worked in a kitchen with white marble.  Don't do it!  This kitchen was only a couple years old and it was hard to believe all the permanent stains that were there.  The worst ones were rings from pop cans.  Perfect…"
Saturday
Lair Tienter replied to James Olson's discussion Traditional Walkway Base Preparation
"Personally I have laid brick sidewalks for a couple of my homes.  The first I laid them directly on soil after I had dug down and lowered the surface so the finished walk would be level with the grass.  With that method I had all kinds of…"
Saturday
caseypratt replied to James Olson's discussion Traditional Walkway Base Preparation
"The period books regularly refer to using compacted cinders as the base. It was good-draining and an inhospitable growing medium. (It would not support weed growth.) And cinders were free for the hauling, not good for much anything else. I have…"
Friday
James Olson posted a discussion

Traditional Walkway Base Preparation

I've never removed a turn of the century brick walkway and am wondering what, if any, base preparation was performed before setting the bricks in place? Does anyone here have first hand experience?  What did you find under the brick walkway to…See More
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Can I still find historic looking linoleum?

I have had no luck with online searches.  I need it for a rather small area (laundry room) in the basement. Thank you!Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945 9 hours ago.

Traditional Walkway Base Preparation 4 Replies

I've never removed a turn of the century brick walkway and am wondering what, if any, base preparation was performed before setting the bricks in place? Does anyone here have first hand experience?  What did you find under the brick walkway to indicate what was done in terms of base preparation?I'm thinking of setting our 2x4x8 concrete pavers directly on graded, undisturbed soil.  Given I'm making walkways (not driveways) on Long Island (sandy soil w/ mild coastal Winters) I'm wondering if the…Continue

Started by James Olson in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson yesterday.

The Counter Dilemma 4 Replies

So, I am at the point of my restoration where some big kitchen decisions are required.  My 1903 Old English/Craftsman needs a countertop decision.  I really want Carrera Marble, but about 90% of the people I ask say "Forget it!"  Blogs and Forums have plenty of stories written by happy kitchen marble people.  I definitely want a natural stone.  I will also be considering soapstone, but I would have to give up on the white countertop idea.  I always get wonderful advice from you, so lay it on me.Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by I love old houses! on Saturday.

New Closet/Plaster/House history lesson 5 Replies

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

sealing a new pine floor in a cupola

Hi, I am looking for advice on what is the best product to use on a new pine floor that I have installyed in my cupola. I was planning on using Gymseal but that is no longer made. I am not a fan on polyurethane and have looked at the General Finishes water based urethane varnishes, and the Epihipines (sp) products without much enthusiasm. What about using marine spar varnish? Any advice would be much appreciated. The product has to resist scuffing, and be waterproof as I open the cupola in the…Continue

Started by Leigh Semilof in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Jun 30.

Copper Patina Process 2 Replies

We paid a bit extra for copper flashing along the open valleys on our roof.  After about 9 mos. it started fading from "shiny penny" to russet brown.  Now, after 3 yrs., it's a dark grey-brown with splotchy rust-looking spots.  I can't quite tell if it's rusting or just changing colour. I'm not finding much internet info. on diagnosing whether or not we got copper plated or low copper content flashing that won't ever patina to blue-green.…Continue

Started by James Olson in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson Jun 30.

Removing Wallpaper from 1840's built house

What are the best strategies for removing wallpaper from a very well maintained 1840' built house.  Someone lived here approx. 3 years ago.  We want to paint the walls.I just read article on 'How to Strip Wallpaper' from This Old House.Continue

Started by F. Lynn in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Jun 29.

Wanted: Reclaimed Street Pavers (Bricks) 1 Reply

Immediate Need: 200 sq.ft.*Needed in Summer 2015: 500 sq.ft.*Needed in 2016: 1,600 sq. ft.*** Can be pre-1920s architectural brick (will be installed, as paver, on side)**Must be pre-1920's street spec. pavers, predominately red(dish) (installed flat, must withstand heavy vehicular load).Prefer sourced from (in order of preference):1) Jamestown, NY2) Southern Tier (NY) Counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany3) Northeast U.S.A.Shipping Terms: F.O.B. Destination (Nesconset, NY) (shipper…Continue

Tags: bricks, reclaimed, pavers, street

Started by James Olson in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by James Olson Jun 28.

Replacing a 1909 front walk 8 Replies

HI all,its been 6 years since I posted here and now I am looking to replace our 1909 front walk.  I have been babying it for several years because I don't want a new looking concrete walkway. Does anyone have suggestions on how to recreate that heavy aggregate aged look without using dyes or stains?  I love the look of our walkway but its just falling apart now and I have to do something for safety's sake.  Photos of the entire walk and a close up of the texture that I really love and want to…Continue

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson Jun 28.

Help dating timbers in old house. 12 Replies

We have enjoyed learning about our old home, so much so that we created a site to capture our research. The reason I write is that it our C.1729 has a number of exposed re-used beams. Although this was commonplace, we may have reason to believe that the home started out as a single bay property. One of the reasons for this is that the house has a transverse summer beam on one side of the house and a longitudinal beam on the other. We would love to hear if there are any clues in the images that…Continue

Started by Chris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Chris Jun 22.

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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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