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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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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
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
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
Reply by StoneHouseGuy

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

10 Jul 13
Reply by Matt

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
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
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

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

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