My husband is planning to use joint compound to patch our plaster walls. I recall reading somewhere that this is not a good idea as they are not compatable or something. Also, I hear a great deal about Master of Plaster and how it will stick to any surface. Is this to say that other products will not adhere to paint, etc.? Finally, I would like to skim coat the walls but have NO experience. Is it difficult to get a smooth wall surface?
I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue
I have a wiring question. I have K&T, 1930s cloth with no ground and romex, sometimes all tied together. Yes I know how dangerous this can be that's why I am changing things over a little at a time. I found a what I believe is a 1930's wire in conduit leading to a baseboard outlet. This looks attic bound altough I have not gone up here to confirm that. I suppose it could be wrapping around the room but from the other outlets of which there are three I don't see that. And I confirmed that at…Continue
I had to share something i said to someone who was asking me advice about doing something on their old house. A Victorian like mine. It manifested itself into something that had to be written down...Four easy rules for any Victorian house renovation and restoration:Rule 1. Nothing is 'square'. "Square" is a notion or suggestion, not an absolute.Rule 2. Do NOT 'fight' the house. It has settled and moved for a 100+ years, tweaks, finesse or nudges are best.Rule 3. Let the 'old girl' tell you what…Continue
I am looking for recommendations for wood epoxy. I have windowsills that are deteriorating from sun with grooves. they are not rotten. I want to fill in the grooves and smooth the surface. Any recommendations?Thanks JeffContinue
Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue
My son recently purchased a Craftsman style home built in 1924. the existing homeowner build bookcases around the fireplace and when doing that attempted to make the fireplace look like it was centered in the room which it was not originally based on the hearth. We noticed that it looks like the original fireplace had what appeared to be some type of metal panel on either side of the fireplace opening that aligns with the outside edges of the hearts. Can anyone tell us if the metal panel is…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
Events Announcement:I just received an email from AIM Home Group, the publishers of 'Old House Journal', 'New Old House', and 'Period Homes' (and some others to which we don't subscribe) about the Designer Craftsman & Historic Home Show.I added the event to the "Events" section (in lieu of AIM doing so...they can delete mine if they add their own).My wife and I will probably attend (it's only a 3 hr. drive) since we've only had one 4-day weekend vacation since work began on the house three…Continue
I recently bought a beautiful arts and crafts hall tree and am in search of an additional 3-4 hooks that match the style. Any suggestions on where to look?thanks,NaomiContinue
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!