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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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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
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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

2 Oct 17
Reply by KenK

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
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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
Reply by James Olson

Replacing a 1909 front walk

HI all, its been 6 years since I posted here and now I am looking to replace our 1909 front walk.  I have been babying it for several years…

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence

8 Jun 28
Reply by James Olson

converting 2nd floor bath to laundry

Hi!  Has anyone converted a 2nd floor bath to a laundry room?  Any surprises, tips or advice?  Thanks!

Started by Kari Dunn

20 Jun 21
Reply by James Olson

Painting Tin Ceiling Tiles this Week - Can You Help Me?

I haven't posted for a while because things are going very well with our restoration.  Our 1903 Cottage/Craftsman (with some Tudor elements…

Started by I love old houses!

4 May 27
Reply by Haldis Fearn

new counters in a kitchen

We're starting to look at our kitchen with an eye to re-doing it. A big undertaking, and one which could cost us a bunch of $, and that's e…

Started by Richard Pryor

9 May 23
Reply by Richard Pryor

Beautiful unpainted wood trim has nails-ideas for covering them up?

I've been slowly sanding off the paint from some beautiful clear red fir trim around my windows, doors and baseboards (1910 craftsman). The…

Started by Cale

4 Apr 23
Reply by Cale

Historic Building Mortar Information

Hello everyone,  We just wanted to put it out there to those who made be interested that we have a new video about traditional lime mortar…

Started by Rob Wozniak

10 Apr 20
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