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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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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

1 May 2
Reply by Randall Marder

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
Reply by Robert T. Hale

Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.

I am planning on stripping off 100+ years of paint accumulation from of our door frames and baseboards, however I have recently refinished…

Started by Devyn Caldwell

8 Feb 24
Reply by Mike Stoffo

Basement window storms/screens

Looking for advice on adding storm/screens to my basement windows. Currently the windows have plexiglass screwed over them and they are cau…

Started by psychochix

2 Feb 7
Reply by Repairman Jack

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

9 Jan 1
Reply by Warrington Faust

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

5 Dec 14, 2015
Reply by Lair Tienter

Box gutters

Does anyone know of good, detailed, step-by-step instructions regarding how to repair box gutters?  Has OHJ done any articles on them?  And…

Started by Ric Queen

3 Nov 26, 2015
Reply by Sherry Rogers Frost

cleaning old brass and copper faucets

have brass faucets in kitchen and bath that are badly crusted with minerals will the acids in  limeaway toilet bowl cleaner harm or remove…

Started by maureen lynch

2 Oct 23, 2015
Reply by maureen lynch

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

4 Jul 5, 2015
Reply by James Olson

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 Jun 30, 2015
Reply by James Olson


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