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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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Rain Water/Snow Melt/Water Diversions

Readers; Here we go again, Project Number-Gee- I forget!   First the details; I have a 'carriage house' stuck on the edge of my 1860 house,…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

10 yesterday
Reply by James Olson

Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?

So we'd like to get our walls looking as though they were plastered 120 years ago, with a certain sandy bumpiness thing going on.  I'm not…

Started by Richard Pryor

28 on Monday
Reply by Jill Perkins

Gaps between window jamb extensions and original jambs!

I had to build window jamb extensions when I added 2x4 framing. Problem is that the original jambs were not plumb so there is a uneven gap…

Started by Frances Reay

3 Apr 7
Reply by Kari Dunn

Windows questions - 1960's double-hung wooden windows

Hello there, I am a new member, and looking for some help with a couple of issues I have with my windows.  I am in a 1960s era house with o…

Started by Jonathan Hooks

2 Apr 7
Reply by James Olson

Amber shellac on pine help!

i am refinishing the wood in my house and just did the 2nd floor bathroom door which was pine with what appeared to be amber shellac , i ha…

Started by Quintin - Walt Cassetori Tiffany

4 Apr 2
Reply by James Olson

How to: Jack up an Old House

Readers;  Here is another, for those who have a knowledge.  IF I do jack up my 1860 house foundation where the wall is gone; how do I suppo…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

9 Mar 31
Reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

is soapstone the costliest choice for counters?

really would like to install soapstone counter, but have no idea of the price range. Anybody familiar with prices, different grades, diffic…

Started by lauri lombardi

11 Mar 31
Reply by James Olson

Winterize Crawl Space

Readers;  Heres' one for those who have done it.  I have a 16x16 ft addition to my 1860 house, put on circa 1900. It has a brick foundation…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

15 Mar 29
Reply by James Olson

Insulating solutions in a 1898 Eastlake farm house

I've been doing research on insulating old homes and have found blow in causes huge issues in the side walls. Our home does not have an att…

Started by Amanda Ferryman

4 Mar 27
Reply by Amanda Ferryman

Foundation/ Support Questions

Readers; Here is one for the folks who know.  In my 1860 house, some yokle  put in a cinder block foundation for the back room, instead of…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

6 Mar 25
Reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY


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