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Madeline Williams-Zoller replied to Madeline Williams-Zoller's discussion Mysterious Wallpaper Backing. Is it asbestos?
"Hello caseypratt.  Thank you for your input.  Yes, it was placed there to allow for the first layer of wallpaper to be hung back in 1905.  Because we have never seen anything like it we've decided to carefully remove a section…"
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psychochix replied to Erica Mena's discussion Replacement Doors?
"That's quite the project you've taken on. I agree with Lair about your doors, they don't look that old. I guess you need to ask yourself what your goal is. If you're looking at stripping all of the woodwork and staining it,…"
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Restoration complete! Restoration of panels to match the blue room.

Done! The walls in this room were plaster. Originally, it was a twin room to the blue room. The doors and moldings in this room are new. The paneling and doors etc. in the blue room are original to the 1770 house. ( see photo of blue room) Also,…
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Lair Tienter replied to Erica Mena's discussion Replacement Doors?
"The woodwork does not look pristine and may have seen better days. I hate to say this but sometimes the best thing to do is find something close to the original and toss all the old.  I actually don't think the doors are original…"
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Erica Mena posted a discussion

Replacement Doors?

This is my first post! I could use some advice about replacing doors in the 1867 Victorian my partner and I just bought. Most of the doors are already replacement (hollow core MDF or wood), with maybe one or two heavily worn, painted, patched, and…See More
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Mysterious Wallpaper Backing. Is it asbestos? 2 Replies

  Hello everyone.  I'd like to ask everybody out there a question.  We are remodeling our 1905 Arts & Crafts home.  After removing the modern drywall (no plaster here) we came upon two very old layers of wallpaper (first one circa 1905 and the second layer circa 1930's).  Beneath the first applied layer of paper (and attached to the horizontal boards) is a thin brownish-grayish layer of what feels like cotton.  When the wallpaper is removed some of it sticks to the paper and some sticks to…Continue

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Started by Madeline Williams-Zoller in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Madeline Williams-Zoller 22 hours ago.

Replacement Doors? 2 Replies

This is my first post! I could use some advice about replacing doors in the 1867 Victorian my partner and I just bought. Most of the doors are already replacement (hollow core MDF or wood), with maybe one or two heavily worn, painted, patched, and basically beaten up originals. The property was a rental for a long time, so all the doors have locks in them, and we want to eventually replace all the doors (over a period of time) with unpainted wood with antique glass knobs and Eastlake…Continue

Started by Erica Mena in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by psychochix yesterday.

Window Pile 3 Replies

this is my first post!I'm in the need to replace pile in older aluminum windows. The only markings on the windows are written in marker H6T-3664-5I've ordered the smallest size pile I could find; 3/16 in. x .156 in.Replacing the pile in the windows isn't a problem. It's installing them back into the tracks I'm having trouble with.The inside window is installing well and is movable, but I can't seem to fit the outside window into its top track (like the pile is too tall or thick.)Is there any…Continue

Started by Michael Lalla in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Feb 8.

Cast iron baseboard - low profile 1 Reply

Hi everyone! I am renovating my 1830 brick home and replacing old fin tube radiators with cast iron. I have one room on the upper floor that needs a lower profile cast iron baseboard.  I can't seem to locate any manufactures that have one - my maximum height is about 8 / 8 1/2 high. Anyone aware of any sources for this?  Many thanks in advance!! MicheleContinue

Started by Michele Becci in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Feb 8.

3rd paint color help 6 Replies

I have seen most Victorian ladies have at least a 3rd color or even more.We want to add a 3rd color to our Est.1900 Victorian. We want the 3rd color to pop the window sash's out with more definition. We like dark brown, maroon.My question I need help with is with a 3rd color will it take way or decrease our homes stained glass?Popping the window sash's with 3rd color might minimize the stained glass appearance from street?If so, do you think the 2 colors are fine or definitely a 3rd color but a…Continue

Started by Perkins in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson Feb 8.

Original wood floor vs engineered wood floor? Breathability, permeability and future issues. 8 Replies

Hi Folks,Firstly thanks for taking the time to read this post and give it some thought.We're just in the process of renovating our neglected (not by us!) Victorian terraced house. We'd like to to replace the ground floor suspended timber frame, over soil floorboards with an engineered wood floor. This is primarily to help keep rodents out and for aesthetic reasons.I was hoping you wise people, with more knowledge than I might be kind enough to tell me what you think about doing this, as such an…Continue

Started by John James in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by John James Feb 7.

Asbestos or effloresence 7 Replies

I've got crumbling mortar in my 1900 home basement. It is fluffy almost and creates a fine white powder. Trying to decide if there is any chance of asbestos that would need testing/repair, since the condition is such that it's getting in the air. Thoughts appreciated. Not sure how to list pictures here but I have some. Thanks!!

Started by Hnl12 in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder Feb 3.

Considering buying this 1940 home 5 Replies

What architectural style would you say this is? Do you like it? What sorts of things would you do to improve it?https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-W-Hickman-St-Winchester-KY-40391/2146275098_zpid/Continue

Started by Heather Estes in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Heather Estes Feb 1.

Architecture style of my 1920 built house? 1 Reply

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A Fix for Rusted Radiator Tops

Turns out the previous owner of my 1940s apartment had restored the built-in metal radiators by stripping surfaces down to bare steel and sealing them with a metal-friendly lacquer. Blithely and over time, I set potted geraniums and basil on the radiator tops, occasionally sloshing…

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Old New York Cottage Gets an Arts & Crafts Interior

By Mary Ellen Polson

Photographs by: Steve Gross & Susan Daley 

More than a century ago, this artist’s family from New York began summering in a town later famous for a concert (which actually took place 90 miles away). Even…

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