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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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My problem: Crooked screen door frame

So here's my problem: My main exterior door was re-framed at some point before I bought the house. It's fine. But the screen door, oy! I f…

Started by Richard Pryor

1 Oct 27, 2016
Reply by Lair Tienter

Broken Mortise Lock case

Hi Everyone, New to this website but not new to redoing or repairing old house, old car, furniture, etc., My wife and I recently purchased…

Started by Mike Viselli

21 Oct 19, 2016
Reply by Mike Viselli

Is it possible to un-warp a door?

Hey everyone! I noticed that some of my interior doors are kind of warped. I would say quite a few and have been for a number of years. It…

Started by Martin

19 Oct 14, 2016
Reply by Rachel

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

11 Oct 14, 2016
Reply by Walden Smith

DIY brick cleaning - any tips or advice?

We recently purchased a yellow brick home (1894), and need to clean the bricks to address decades (a century?) of dirt and pollution. The h…

Started by The Doctor's House

6 Oct 6, 2016
Reply by KatieM

Refinishing Antique Heart Pine Flooring

I have finally reached the point of not being able to stand the unfinished heart pine, or perhaps doug fir, kitchen floor in our 1903 Queen…

Started by Susan Scofield

19 Sep 19, 2016
Reply by Mark W. Hoffa

Repacing cedar shake roof with asphalt

Need some ideas on replacement of a severely worn shake mansard roof with asphalt, i want to go with octagonal, but not sure that would be…

Started by David

1 Sep 19, 2016
Reply by Franz

Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors

Hi everyone! Here's a great how-to article that's in our May issue of Old House Journal. If refreshing your wood floor is on your spring to…

Started by Emily O'Brien

3 Jul 13, 2016
Reply by StoneHouseGuy

Re-finishing old plaster walls

Need some info on redoing my walls. I had a game plan in mind and already have the wallpaper off but decided to do research anyway just bec…

Started by Dru

5 Jun 23, 2016
Reply by Gail Richmond

Removing Old Sheet Vinyl

We have a 1900 Queen Anne and we are hoping to restore the hardwood floors.  In 3 small bedrooms old vinyl sheet flooring (guessing it's fr…

Started by Elizabeth Nelson

3 Mar 18, 2016
Reply by Robert T. Hale


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