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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…

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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 bri…

Started by James Olson

2 17 minutes ago
Reply by Lair Tienter

Copper Patina Process

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 rus…

Started by James Olson

2 on Tuesday
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Replacing a 1909 front walk

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…

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence

8 Jun 28
Reply by James Olson

converting 2nd floor bath to laundry

Hi!  Has anyone converted a 2nd floor bath to a laundry room?  Any surprises, tips or advice?  Thanks!

Started by Kari Dunn

20 Jun 21
Reply by James Olson

Painting Tin Ceiling Tiles this Week - Can You Help Me?

I haven't posted for a while because things are going very well with our restoration.  Our 1903 Cottage/Craftsman (with some Tudor elements…

Started by I love old houses!

4 May 27
Reply by Haldis Fearn

new counters in a kitchen

We're starting to look at our kitchen with an eye to re-doing it. A big undertaking, and one which could cost us a bunch of $, and that's e…

Started by Richard Pryor

9 May 23
Reply by Richard Pryor

Beautiful unpainted wood trim has nails-ideas for covering them up?

I've been slowly sanding off the paint from some beautiful clear red fir trim around my windows, doors and baseboards (1910 craftsman). The…

Started by Cale

4 Apr 23
Reply by Cale

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

10 Apr 20
Reply by caseypratt

old boiler and psi help please

our home has a 1905 boiler for our hot water heat , no pump just gravity fed ,  what is the normal psi ?  when we purchased the house the t…

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany

13 Feb 24
Reply by ron pribich

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

3 Feb 8
Reply by Richard Pryor

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