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Need info on old mortar

Well, since I asked about shellac, I figure that I should ask about old mortar. I am getting to the point where I will need to repoint the…

Started by MartinLatest Reply

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Scagliola? and what to do if it is?

So here's the backstory: 1860's house, with what I suspect may be the original fireplace surround in it. The previous owner over-painted th…

Started by Richard Pryor

2 Jan 22
Reply by Lair Tienter

Should Wood Windows Be Stained on Exterior

I have recently stripped all the old paint off some of the wood windows and casings on my house. Originally the windows were stained on the…

Started by K Champa

6 Nov 12, 2014
Reply by Steve Jordan

Removing extreme cat odor from heart pine floors

I just purchased my Great Great Grandparents 1875 Italianate home. The floors throughout the entire house are heart pine. The previous owne…

Started by PennyAnne Taylor

12 Nov 10, 2014
Reply by PaddlingRN

Historic Building Mortar Information

Hello everyone,  We just wanted to put it out there to those who made be interested that we have a new video about traditional lime mortar…

Started by Rob Wozniak

5 Oct 15, 2014
Reply by Mark W. Hoffa

Re-Attaching a cast iron fireplace surround?

We've a fireplace in the main room, which I suspect was re-built at some point (given how new the firebrick in the hearth looks, as well as…

Started by Richard Pryor

1 Oct 8, 2014
Reply by Lair Tienter

Bargeboard Installation, or Not.

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Cape May, NJ.  For me it felt like "going home" (to a slower, bicycle friendly place).  For her it wa…

Started by James Olson

13 Oct 4, 2014
Reply by James Olson

Door hinge the previous owners screwed up

Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen…

Started by Carrie Z

9 Sep 30, 2014
Reply by James Olson

what tool to use to cut underlayment?

So here's my problem:  I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in pee..don't ask..…

Started by Richard Pryor

3 Sep 24, 2014
Reply by Lair Tienter

Front Door Repair - Veneer

Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't wa…

Started by Tyler

5 Sep 13, 2014
Reply by Randall Marder

Old pipe sticking down out of ceilings! What are they and how do I get rid of them?

I have short, little pipes sticking out of my living room and kitchen ceilings - both next to where ceiling fans have been previously insta…

Started by Angela Larck

8 Sep 10, 2014
Reply by StoneHouseGuy


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