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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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Sanding front porch floor

Need some advice on sanding my front porch floor. I was going to use a belt sander like we always do, but my husband suggests we rent an or…

Started by psychochix

0 on Monday

attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls

Hi everyone.  Does anyone have advice on how to attach narrow picture molding to old and hard-as-rock plaster walls?  I don't own a nail gu…

Started by Jill Perkins

8 on Sunday
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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

4 Aug 5
Reply by Lair Tienter

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

18 Jun 29
Reply by meg

Share your salvage ideas!

As editors at Old-House Journal, we come across a lot of creative projects that incorporate architectural salvage. (A couple of my favorite…

Started by Clare Alexander

8 Jun 26
Reply by Mark W. Hoffa

looking for old-fashion sheet metal roof cresting

I'm looking for a source for old=fashioned sheet metal roof cresting (as in attached photo).  I've tried the obvious sources (OHJ product d…

Started by Gregg A. Gauger

6 Jun 18
Reply by Phil

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

29 Jun 4
Reply by Tim Grudecki

Insulation Questions!

We're currently in the middle of a kitchen renovation on our 1880 balloon-frame house in the Fingerlakes region of NY. We have gotten thro…

Started by Emilie Wiesner

8 May 25
Reply by cblehmann

Wood doors and Windows

I have worked for fifteen years working closely with custom wood door and window manufacturers.  We have always designed them to have the w…

Started by Alberto Cantu

0 May 19

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

4 May 11
Reply by Randall Marder


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