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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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Door hinge the previous owners screwed up

Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen…

Started by Carrie Z

9 12 hours ago
Reply by James Olson

Bargeboard Installation, or Not.

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Cape May, NJ.  For me it felt like "going home" (to a slower, bicycle friendly place).  For her it wa…

Started by James Olson

7 12 hours ago
Reply by James Olson

what tool to use to cut underlayment?

So here's my problem:  I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in pee..don't ask..…

Started by Richard Pryor

3 Sep 24
Reply by Lair Tienter

Front Door Repair - Veneer

Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't wa…

Started by Tyler

5 Sep 13
Reply by Randall Marder

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

8 Sep 10
Reply by StoneHouseGuy

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 Aug 27
Reply by psychochix

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
Reply by Mal & Greg

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
Reply by Jill Perkins

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


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