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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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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

2 on Wednesday
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Advice needed for flagstone front stoop

Hey all you crazy old house keepers! I'm planning to add a flagstone layer to an existing concrete stoop/ whatever you call it. When I say…

Started by Mal & Greg

5 Aug 24
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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

7 Aug 24
Reply by Bill Hendrickson

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 Aug 17
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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 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


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